A Crayola back to school sale, the waning days of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, and Amazon device deals from Best Buy lead off Friday’s best deals from around the web.

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Top Tech Deals

If you didn’t get your fill on Prime Day, Best Buy’s running a pretty ridiculous one-day sale on Amazon-branded devices today.

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Highlights include the Echo for $90, the Echo Dot for $35, Kindle Paperwhite for $90, and the Fire tablet for $30, all of which are matches for the prices we saw on Prime Day.


2x Apple AirPods, $320 + $50 Visa Gift Card

Finding Apple AirPods in stock is tough enough, let alone finding a deal on them. But Verizon is currently giving out $50 prepaid Visa gift cards when you spend $200 on their online store, meaning you’ll get $50 back when you buy two sets of AirPods, which are available for immediate shipping. The same deal would apply if you bought AirPods plus any other accessories totaling more than $40.03.

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For whatever it’s worth, this is my personal favorite Apple product since the iPhone 4. They’re really, really solid.


Sony’s MDR line of Bluetooth headphones sold like gangbusters during Black Friday, but if you were holding out for noise cancelling models, Amazon’s rewarding your patience today with a $70 discount on the top-of the line MDR1000x.

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These headphones have all the features you’d expect in a good pair of Bluetooth headphones these days: NFC pairing, 20+ hour battery life, and even LDAC Hi-Res audio compatibility. But the secret sauce here is noise cancellation, including a special mode that lets ambient voices through either at all times, or just when you cup a hand over the right earcup. $328's still a solid chunk of change, but it’s a match for the largest discount Amazon’s ever listed on this model in its 10+ months of existence.


Aukey Condenser Microphone, $6 with code P8JOYRZ3

Want a better microphone for vlogging, Twitch streaming, and Skype calls, but don’t want to spend $100 on a Blue Yeti? This Aukey condenser mic is getting blown out for just $6 today with promo code P8JOYRZ3.


Anker’s SoundBuds have long been our readers’ favorite affordable Bluetooth headphones, and if you prefer neckbuds, the new SoundBuds Lite are down to their lowest price today on Amazon, no promo code required.

You’ve almost definitely seen headphones like this before, and by now you probably know whether they’re a good fit for your lifestyle. In exchange for a somwhat unorthodox design, the main advantages you’ll enjoy are great battery life and smaller earbuds, hence the “Lite” name. The SoundBuds Lite are rated for 10 hours of music streaming, compared to roughly six or seven on most Bluetooth earbuds that include the batteries and antennas inside the ear pieces. And since all of those heavy components live reside in the flexible neck band, the earbuds themselves are tiny, and the included tips and wings ensure that you’ll find a perfect fit.

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I had never tried neckbuds before these, but found the “collar” to be light, comfortable, and very flexible. Other than the ends of the band, the entire thing is made of a soft-touch rubber, so it should fit comfortably around any neck. Plus, the buds themselves stick together magnetically when not in use, so they won’t flop around too badly when they’re out of your ears.


Aukey Slim Profile USB Car Charger, $7 with code AUKEYCC3

Your favorite USB car charger just happens to be the smallest one you can buy, and you can grab it on Amazon for $7 today with code AUKEYCC3. This is Kinja Deals’ top-selling product of all time, and if it’s been on your wish list, this is the best price we’ve seen in about a year.


External Bluetooth transmitters and receivers with 3.5mm jacks have been around for years, but Etekcity’s new model raises the bar with support for optical (SPDIF) audio.

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The little box can both receive and transmit Bluetooth signals, and includes SPDIF in and out ports to connect it to your TV or high-end audio equipment. Plus, it can even pair to two pairs of headphones simultaneously when transmitting, which would allow two people to, say, listen to the same TV over headphones to avoid waking up someone in the next room. Just be sure to use promo code H6VGZW4Q at checkout to get it for $24.


Amazon’s own attempt at a metal laptop stand is a little jankier looking than, say, the Rain Design mStand, but it’s far cheaper at $15 ($5 less than usual), and accomplishes the exact same thing.


Mpow Bullfight Bluetooth Headphones, $10 with code G8YF8A3B

We see Bluetooth earbud deals just about every day, but even by our standards, $10 is cheap. At that price, you might as well buy an extra set to keep in your gym bag or luggage, in case you forget your main pair.


With its incredibly durable construction and lifetime warranty, Anker’s PowerLine II Dura might be the last Lightning cable you ever have to buy. For a limited time, you can get the 10' model (white and black only) for just $13, or about $2 less than usual, and about $.25 less than the 6' one. I have one of these running behind my couch for a leisurely charging experience - five stars would recommend.


If you have an old hard drive or SSD lying around, or you just want to build your own external drive from scratch, this $7, 2.5" enclosure is one of the most affordable we’ve ever seen with UASP support, which allows for faster data transfer speeds when using an SSD.


1 Year NordVPN, $48 with code VIP70 | 2 Year Plan, $72 with code 2YSpecial2017

VPNs are in the news these days, and with good reason. So if you’re curious to sign up and start protecting your browsing history and personal data (or, you know, getting around websites’ geoblocks), NordVPN charges less per month than a typical trip to Starbucks.

NordVPN has long been one of the most popular and reliable VPN providers out there, and if you sign up for a one-year membership, promo code VIP70 will drop your annual price from $69 to $48. If you’re sure you want to commit, use this link instead to get a special two year plan for $79 with code 2YSpecial2017. Lifehacker has recommended Nord in some previous guides, but if you have any firsthand experience with the service, sound off in the comments!

Top Home Deals

Whether you’re shopping for your kid or just getting into adult coloring books, Amazon’s deeply discounting Crayola art supplies in today’s Gold Box.

Inside, you’ll find crayons, markers, paints, and several class packs that you could donate to your local school, since they almost definitely don’t have the budget for them. For all of the available deals, be sure to head over to Amazon today, before these prices get scribbled out.


It’s not going to turn you into the cycling equivalent of a NASCAR pit crew, but this compact Crank Brothers tool has everything you need for basic bike repairs on the go, and it’s small enough to fit in your pocket or a seat bag. $21 is a solid price for this, so you’ll have money left over for therapy after you see this picture of a Tour De France rider’s legs.


While it’s not as simple to use as a Nespresso, this Mr. Coffee espresso machine is affordable at an all-time low $105 (especially considering it includes a milk frother), and doesn’t require expensive pods to use. Plus, its 15 bars of pressure are more than sufficient for a great shot of espresso.


We post a lot of deals on solar-powered motion-sensing outdoor spotlights, but this Mr. Beams model trades in the solar panel for a sleeker look and the ability to mount operate in permanently shaded areas.

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Three D batteries will power them for 1800 on/off cycles, and their built-in photocells ensure they won’t come on and waste power when it’s still light out. $12's the best price Amazon’s ever offered on this model, so lock in your order before the lights go out on this deal.


Maybe you live in an apartment, and don’t have access to an outdoor grill. Or maybe it’s just too damn hot, and you don’t feel like going outside to make a burger. Luck you, this Zojirushi indoor electric grill has fantastic user reviews, and it’s never been cheaper.


You don’t need to buy a new car to get that fancy, blue-tinted Xenon headlight look. You can add it to your old beater with these Philips CrystalVision bulbs, now $6 off in the size of your choice.

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If you aren’t familiar, these are standard halogen bulbs that should work in most cars, but the glass is tinted to put out that bluish, 4000K light that’s the hallmark of Xenon. And yes, they’re just as bright as normal bulbs, and they’re completely street legal. So if you’re ready to make the switch, find the right size for your car (Amazon has a tool to help once you click through to the product page), and you’ll see the $6 discount at checkout automatically.


This cart is built like a tank, and can hold 800 pounds worth of children, plants, boulders, or anything else that fits. And if it doesn’t fit, the walls are even removable, so you can haul larger loads. You might not have an immediate need for it, but $72 is an all-time low price, so this is a great chance to add it to your garage.


This Cuisinart Classic Round was only a few votes shy of taking home the title of your favorite waffle iron, and you can pick one up from Amazon today for just $22.

I probably make fresh waffles in my waffle iron every month or so, but in between, I’ve used it to make hash browns, pressed sandwiches, and even churros. Lifehacker has a ton of other suggestions too, including mozzarella sticks, 90-second cookies, pre-packaged cinnamon rolls, and even crispy bacon. So you see, calling this thing a waffle iron is practically a misnomer.


Ohuhu Lawn Aerator Shoes, $13 with code OHUHULAS

Aeration is an important part of any healthy lawn, and these strap-on shoe spikes make it easy (and cheap). Also great for combat!


Zwipes 24-Pack Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, $9, or $7 with Subscribe & Save

Microfiber clothes are great for cleaning everything from your face to your computer monitor to your car, and this 24-pack is just $9 today on Amazon, with Prime shipping available, or $7 if you sign up for Subscribe & Save. You won’t get it as fast, but you can always cancel after your order arrives.


Gravel Toiletry Bag, $39

Premium travel products like high quality luggage, airport lounge access, or TSA Pre✔︎ seem like unnecessary extravagances when you’re considering purchasing them from the comfort of your own home. But if you travel with any regularity, you know full well that the small conveniences they provide really add up during a stressful day of travel.

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The same is true of your toiletry bag, still an afterthought for many an otherwise experiened traveler. Most people tend to stuff everything in a ziploc bag, or even (gasp) loose in the outside pocket of their suitcase. And most bags that do exist are way bigger than they should be, while still offering only a paltry few organizational tools.

Gravel may just be the answer. A Kickstarter project that’s already shot past its goal, they sent me a demo unit, and it’s as well-built as they claim. The bag is far smaller than my own toiletry bag, which I sometimes can’t squeeze into a carry-on if I’m packing for more than a few days. But inside, you’ve got a ton of pockets that are purpose-built for holding all the essentials, including a long and skinny waterproof pocket for your toothbrush (even a Sonicare!), and a larger one for liquids that could explode during your trip.

On the outside of the case, another zippered pocket hides a buckle strap which you can use to hang the bag from a towel rack (handy in small hotels with insufficient counter space), plus another large pouch that’s big enough for a passport.

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Gravel isn’t slated to ship until December, but if you order now, you can get one for $39, or two for $69 (nice), down from its expected $49 MSRP. I wouldn’t post it if I hadn’t tried it myself, and it really is a well done product.


Etekcity Lasergrip IR Thermometer, $12 with code KINJAWOW

We see a lot of deals on IR thermometers, but the Etekcity Lasergrip has been one of the most popular through the yaers. These things are perfect for everything from cooking to finding air conditioning leaks in your house, but most importantly, they’re just a ton of fun to mess around with.


ECOVACS N79 Robotic Vacuum, $160 with code 74BFP5GV

Vacuuming is simultaneously the worst chore, and the chore most easily pawned off to a robot. How convenient!

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While it lacks the brand recognition of a Roomba, and we can’t personally vouch for them like we can for the Eufy RoboVac 11, this ECOVACS vacuum has solid reviews, and are insanely affordable today at $160. You can even control it from your phone, which is very rare in this price range.


Amazon’s new Dash Wand has Alexa built right in, and lets you order groceries and other household goods just by scanning a barcode or using your voice. The best part though? It’s basically free.

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The Dash Wand will set you back $20 upfront (not bad considering it’s a full-featured Alexa voice assistant), but once you register it, you’ll get a $20 credit in your Amazon account automatically. It’s basically the same value proposition behind Amazon’s $5 dash buttons, but the Wand seems infinitely more useful and flexible.

Plus, if you live in a city with Amazon Prime Fresh, buying the wand will get you a 90 day trial membership, so you can fully immerse yourself in Amazon’s lazy vision of the future. We posted this when it launched last month, but it’s been sold out or heavily backordered ever since, until today.


Aukey Car Mount, $4 with code AUKEYHD8 | Anker Magnetic Car Mount, $12

Aukey’s simple magnetic smartphone vent holder is one of the most popular car mounts out there, and from personal experience, I can tell you it’s awesome for taking on vacation for use in a rental car as well. For $4, go ahead, give it a try.

If you don’t want to block a vent, or just want to keep your phone closer to eye level, Anker’s low profile magnetic dash mount is also on sale for $12.


15% off Apt2B furniture with code APT2BFURN15

Buying furniture site unseen from a bulk store feels sketchy, but when it’s Apt2B stuff, you know you’re gonna get quality pieces. Use the code APT2BFURN15 on Jet and get 15% off furniture from Apt2b (max. $500 discount) and add a non-Ikea sofa, chair, or bed to your place.

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Apt2B is having their own sitewide sale, but there are a decent amount of pieces that are cheaper on Jet when you use the code, so it’s definitely worth it to click around a bit.


GORUCK’s military-inspired GR1 dominated our Co-Op for the best everyday backpack, and they’re rewarding our readers with an extremely rare 15% discount with promo code KINJAGORUCK15.

Now, even with the code, this is still a $250 backpack. I’m not blind to the fact that that’s a lot of money. But every GR1 is hand-built over the course of four hours in the USA, is covered by a lifetime warranty, and by basically all accounts is just incredibly well-made. There’s a very real chance that this will be the last backpack you ever have to buy.

Own one? Let us know what you think in the comments.


Soylent, clip coupon for 30% off

Grabbing breakfast or lunch with coworkers can be a great way to break up the day, but more often than not you’ll just wallow in your own indecision before ordering a bad $17 sandwich.

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Break the cycle with Soylent, a nutritionally complete meal replacement shake that now comes in six flavors (Coffiest is good!). Clip the coupon to save 30% off the 12-pack of your choice.

The original flavor also comes in powdered form now, which is also available with the aforementioned coupon.

Top Lifestyle Deals

If you’ve never checked out Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, what are you even doing on Kinja Deals? The retailer puts thousands of fall and winter styles, plus Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives, on sale way before they go into the stores. Once the sale is over, you’ll only be able to get them for full price, so you’d better get on it. The sale ends on August 6.

Let us know what you bought in the comments!


Extra 20% off sale styles with code SAVE20

When it comes to having a corner on the market, nothing really compares to Nike. And right now, use the code SAVE20 and take an extra 20% off their sale styles for both men and women. Everything you could need for a good workout wardrobe is included, from apparel, to sneakers, to gear.


OXA DIY Back Hair Shaver, $10 with code VYKDXUWL

I’m devastated to report that OXA has changed this product’s Amazon description, but for posterity’s sake, here’s what it used to say:

ARE YOU A HAIRY APE?

No problem. Guys feel confident shirtless after using OXA Back Shaver. So, if you have “patchy” or “spotty” patches of hair on your back or body or if you are so hairy that you are often mistaken for being a “hairy ape” there is no job too great for the OXA Back Shaver.

I don’t think back hair is why most men feel uncomfortable shirtless, but I digress.

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This product looks very similar to the BaKlade, which we’ve written about before. It doesn’t have many reviews to go off of, but it’s less than 1/3 the price of the name brand with promo code VYKDXUWL so it might be worth checking out if you’re a HAIRY APE.

Another Gizmodo Media Group staff member (who shall remain nameless, but speculate away) bought this awhile back, and reports that it “does the job.”


Remington Shortcut Pro Haircut Kit, $44 after $10 in-cart discount

Update: The $10 coupon is gone, but you’ll still see $10 off at checkout, bringing it down to $44.

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If you’re enough of a daredevil to give yourself a haircut, Remington’s Shortcut Pro makes the process as simple as possible.

For $34 (after a $10 off $50 promotion Amazon’s running, plus the $10 clippable coupon on the page), the Shortcut Pro can run for 40 minutes on its built-in lithium-ion battery, and includes nine different length combs to customize your look. And unlike most electric trimmers, it’s shaped like a puck, rather than a wand, which makes it much easier to maneuver around the back of your own head. Just note that you won’t see the dual $10 discounts until checkout.


15% off with code 15OFFCART

It’s time to start planning your outdoor adventures and Backcountry is gonna help you out in the gear department. Pick out what you need and use the code 15OFFCART at checkout to grab 15% off your entire order for the next 72 hours only. Gear, apparel, shoes, and more are all fair game.


In case you missed it during the Prime Day chaos, ExOfficio’s insanely popular sweat-wicking men’s underwear is still on sale for $12-$15, in multiple sizes and colors. It’s extremely rare for Amazon to have this many options in stock, let alone at a discount, so don’t miss your chance to stock up.


Zappos is basically a one-stop shoe destination already, but right now, they’re having an actual sale, something they haven’t done in years. Grab discounted shoes from Cole Haan, Brooks, Nike, Stuart Weitzman, Frye, and more for men and women. And, if you’re part of their rewards program, get 3x the points on the over 40,000 items on sale.

Top Media Deals

Star Trek: Discovery is coming at us like a photon torpedo, and you can get yourself ready with this 50th anniversary movie and TV box set today. $90 gets you the entire original series, the first six films, the animated series, and tons of special features.

Top Gaming Deals

15 games for $20 is obviously a good deal, but mostly I just love that this board game cabinet looks like a puzzle box from The Room. Highlights include:

  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Backgammon
  • Parcheesi
  • Snakes and Ladders
  • Pik Up Stiks
  • Old Maid

BOGO 40% off Nerf Guns: N-Strike | Rival

Be the hero (or villain) or your next Nerf fight with Amazon’s BOGO 40% off deal. Broadly speaking, the deal is supposed to be available on all N-Strike and Rival-branded blasters, but they don’t all seem to be eligible. Just be sure you see the following promotion on the product page:

You can mix and match two eligible guns, and the 40% discount will automatically apply to the less expensive of the two. Just don’t shoot an eye out!


Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has been around since before the current generation of consoles even existed, but if you don’t own a copy for your PS4, it’s absolutely worth picking up for $15. That’s $.30 per character!

Update: Also available on Xbox One for the same price from GameStop.


Though you’ll still need an expensive-ass computer to run it, the Oculus Rift VR system is finally approaching affordability, with the headset and controller bundle now available for $399. That’s $200 less than this bundle used to cost, and in fact, it’s less than the headset by itself cost not that long ago.


8Bitdo’s retro gaming controllers have taken off like Mario with a cape feather seemingly overnight, and MassDrop has a great deal on the NES30 and FC30, complete with dual analog sticks.

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These controllers can pair over Bluetooth to your PC, iPhone, Android device, and yes, even your Nintendo Switch. Luke Plunkett over at Kotaku is a big fan, and you can read his full review here, if you’re on the fence.

$33 is about $10 less than the going rate on Amazon right now, and you can choose from the NES or Famicom paint jobs.


Just a day after releasing an ebook bundle for aspiring game developers, Humble just unveiled a bundle with the software you need to actually start creating games yourself.

The bundle includes a number of GameMaker: Studio modules (Studio Pro, HTML5, iOS, Android, and Windows), which cost anywhere from $150 to $800 each at retail, plus several games that include source code or UWP modules for you to tear apart, modify, and learn from. As always, you can pay what you want, but options are spread across three different price tiers, the most expensive of which unlocks at $15.


The newest Humble Bundle doesn’t have any video games in it; but it does have books that’ll teach you how to make them. Specifically, 19 books focused on Unity and Unreal Engine development. As usual, they’re split among three different price tiers, and you can get them all for as little as $15.

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