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Today's Best Deals: Dyson Vacuum, Arduino Starter Kit, Durable USB Cables, and More

An Arduino starter kit, Bissell’s carpet cleaner, and durable USB cables lead off Thursday’s best deals from around the web.

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Arduino Starter Kit, $33 with code ANCBWVFV
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Update: Sold out

Lifehacker has posted more Arduino projects than Trump has tweets, and you can build some yourself with this $33 starter kit, one of the best prices we’ve ever seen.

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This beginner-friendly set includes 38 components to get you started,with a heavy focus on RFID, but with plenty of other knickknacks like a temperature sensor, a water sensor, buttons, and more.Just be sure to use code ANCBWVFV at checkout to save $16.

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3-Pack Durable MicroUSB Cables, $9 with code MDFO6M7J
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Anker’s PowerLine cables dominate the premium charging cable sales charts, but they aren’t the only durable cables out there. Today, you can get three super-strong microUSB cables from RAVPower for just $9 with code MDFO6M7J.

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You don’t need to sell a kidney to afford noise-cancelling Bluetooth earbuds; these 4 star-rated Cowin E-7s are just $39 right now, or $31 off with promo code AU2KA5OO.

They might not have the brand recognition of Sony or Bose, but these headphones pack in 30 hours of battery life, the ability to use them in wired mode if the battery dies, and yes, active noise cancellation that reviewers say works really well.

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Prefer earbuds? There are a couple of options on sale today, though they aren’t noise cancelling.

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Anker SoundBuds Tag, $28 with code BEST3231 | Use code BEST3232 for white model.
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Anker’s original SoundBuds are your favorite affordable wireless earbuds, but the new SoundBuds Tag just got their first discount ever.

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The Tags basically appear to be a slightly tweaked version of the SoundBuds Sport, boasting a redesigned remote and better ear tips. Like the Sports though, they’ll still turn off when you connect the two magnetic earpieces together, and turn back on once you pull them apart. Smart.

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Range extenders aren’t a cure-all for your home network, but if you have one or two spots in the house that just doesn’t get good reception, they’re an inexpensive way to fill in the gaps. This model from TP-Link has great reviews, and at $35 (after clipping the $5 coupon), it’s never been cheaper.

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iQunix Edin Laptop Stand, $34 with code iqunixed
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The market is littered with beautiful, minimal laptop stands from accessory design shops, but no matter how much you love yours, there’s no guarantee that your next laptop will fit properly. That’s where the iQunix Edin comes in.

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At first blush, the Eden looks like any other aluminum, Apple-centric laptop stand. But its secret is a knob that adjusts the dock’s width, meaning no matter what laptop you happen to own at the moment (as long as it’s between 0.4 and 1.18 inches thick), it’ll fit like a glove. For a limited time, you can save $6 on yours with promo code iqunixed.

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Vansky Transparent HDTV Antenna, $17 with code IIJU86E9. Also available in white and black.
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We post our fair share of deals on amplified HDTV antennas, but today you can get one for $17 in three different colors, including—wait for it—transparent. That means it won’t stick out like a sore thumb on your wall, and won’t block your view if you attach it to a window.

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Just be sure to check out Lifehacker’s guide first to see if this kind of antenna is likely to work where you live.

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Aukey 2-Pack USB to USB-C Adapters, $7 with code AUKUSBC1 | 3-Pack MicroUSB to USB-C Adapters, $7 with code AUKUSBC6
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Until such a time that USB-C is truly ubiquitous, you’ll want to keep a collection of adapters handy to manage the transition. Today on Amazon, get two USB-C to USB 3.0 adapters, or three USB-C to microUSB adapters for just $7.

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Lightning Cable, $5 with code DF2SOIGY | 2-Pack, $10 with code UA2DDV2N
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You can never have enough Lightning cables, so grab an extra one for $5, or two for $10 today from Mpow. Just be sure to note the promo codes.

Note: For the two-pack, choose the second option below, and manually add two of them to your cart.

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Lamicall Adjustable Device Stand, $8 with code UVUCS8E3
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It’s aluminum, it’s adjustable, it holds any device, and it’s $8. What’s not to love about this desktop phone stand?

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Top Home Deals

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I’m not saying civil society is going to break down in the relatively near future, necessitating survival preparedness. But I’m not not saying it. This 326 piece first aid kit is OSHA and ANSI certified for 100 people, so it should (hopefully) last you and your family for quite some time, no matter the situation.

Inside, you’ll find bandages, alcohol wipes, medicines, gauze, splints, a cold pack, scissors, tape, and a lot more. Today only, get it for $26, or about $9 less than usual, because it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Backyards are the perfect communal meeting place once the weather is nice, but they’re easy to overlook in the functionality department. Make sure your yard looks like you were actually expecting guests with 10% off all patio and garden pieces from Jet.com. Use the code PATIOPARTY10 at checkout (max $50 discount).


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This $195 Char-Broil electric smoker makes cooking jerky, brisket, or (insert meat of your choice) as easy as dropping in some wood chips and hitting a few buttons. With precise temperature control and a large smoke box, you’ll have complete command over the finished product. Today’s price is an all-time low, which means you’ll have more money leftover to buy meat. Lots and lots of meat.

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If you’re sick of renting carpet washers every time you spot a new stain, you can buy your own for $107 today. The Bissell SpotClean has a squeaky-clean 4.4 star review average from nearly 3,000 customers, and includes a number of tools for floors, stairs, and furniture.

With a few short-lived exceptions, today’s price is as low as it ever gets, so buy one before you spill your next glass of red wine.

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Refurb Dyson Ball Animal, $262
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Dyson vacuums dominated the nominations in our Kinja Co-Op for best vacuum, but they can be prohibitively expensive. Today though, refurbs of the popular Dyson Ball Animal are down to $262 on Amazon, one of the best prices we’ve seen.

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The Dyson Ball includes a brush that automatically adjusts when you move from carpets to hard floors, a ton of accessory hose tools, including a motorized turbine tool, and yes, it rests on top of a ball for easy maneuverability.

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Dr. Meter 8-in-1 Pocket Knife, $8 with code M6VKYI3O
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This $8 pocket knife has a few tricks up its sleeve that you won’t find in many other multitools, including an LED flashlight and a bit holder with three bits that you can slot into the end of the handle. It’s hardly the only pocket knife out there with a screwdriver, but this seems to be more space efficient than having a separate tool for each bit.

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This OXO spiralizer can cut your favorite fruits and vegetables into versatile stings and strands, and includes three different blades, and even suction cups on the bottom to keep it locked to your counter. Today’s $30 price tag is $10 less than usual, making it the perfect gift for the home chef who has everything.

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Garlic Press, $10 with code NGD7KDNU
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Pressing isn’t always the best way to prepare garlic, but it’s certainly the fastest, and it extracts far more flavor (for better or worse) than simple mincing. If you like to cook, a garlic press should definitely be in your toolkit for $10.

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Lumsing Bluetooth Car Kit, $6 with code 534QGJ4K
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We see deals on Bluetooth FM transmitters pretty often, but $6 is simply unheard of. All you do is plug the dongle into a USB car charger (or the included one), connect your phone over Bluetooth, and select an unused FM radio station. Sound quality will take a hit compared to other methods, but this is a great solution if you own an older car without a built-in AUX jack.

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Silicone grill gloves, $6 with code SH8XEYBS
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With a good set of silicone cooking gloves, you’ll have full finger control when you handle hot pans in the kitchen. Hell, you could use them to just pick up a piece of meat directly off the grill, like some sort of barbecue superhero. For $6, why not?

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Odds are, you’ve got a $20 Crock-Pot sitting in a cabinet, gathering dust. But with just a few added features, the humble slow cooker can be one of your favorite kitchen tools.

This programmable 6 qt. Crock-Pot is marked down to $40 after clipping the $10 coupon on the page. Unlike most entry level slow cookers, you can set this model to cook for a certain amount of time, after which it’ll switch to warm mode; perfect for preparing six hour recipes during nine hour workdays. It also includes a lockable lid for easy transport.

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If you’re curious about Amazon Dash buttons, today’s a great day to try them. Right now, pick up any two Dash buttons of your choice, and get a third one free. Plus, you’ll still get a $5 Amazon credit the first time you use it, meaning they’re literally paying you to buy household essentials.

Just add three Dash buttons to your cart and you’ll see the discount applied automatically at checkout. Just an FYI: It is limited to Prime Members only and only one free button.

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A generator probably isn’t high on the list of things you need to buy right this instant, but they tend to become very necessary at inconvenient and/or stressful times, so when you can get Amazon’s #1 seller for an all-time low $130, you should take advantage just for the peace of mind.

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Suaoki Mini Air Compressor, $15 with code DD3J4MXK
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While it’s certainly not as fast as the coin-operated air compressor at a gas station, this glove box-friendly compressor can save your bacon if you have to change a tire, or just can’t be bothered to find a bunch of quarters. One reviewer describes it as slightly larger than two decks of playing cards, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding somewhere to hide it.

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Philips Hue Lighstrip, $72 for Prime members. Discount shown at checkout.
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The great thing about Philips Hue is that your fancy lighting profiles aren’t limited to standard bulbs; the Hue Lighstrip lets you to stick a rope of color-changing, Wi-Fi connected lights anywhere in your house.

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The Lightstrip hardly ever goes on sale, but while supplies last, Prime members can get it for $66, or 20% off, with the discount shown at checkout. This kit includes a 6' strip, but you can add on 40" extensions for a (comparatively) affordable $25, if that’s not quite long enough.

Just note that you’ll need a Hue Bridge to control this thing; it’s not a starter kit on its own.

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Top Lifestyle Deals

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One of this biggest problems with buying bikinis, besides finding the right size, is having to buy two separate things. Even with affordable swimsuits, you wind up spending $50+ on two small pieces of fabric. Aerie wants to help you out by having a BOGO sale on all of their bikini separates. Seriously, by one top or bottom and get another top or bottom free.

Just put a two pieces in your cart (you can mix and match with style and size, or multiple tops and bottoms), and you’ll see the discount automatically. Plus, there’s free shipping and returns.

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Hundreds of our readers bought these insanely popular adjustable dumbbells a couple weekends ago at $229, which at the time was an all-time low. Well, I have some good news (or bad news, if you already got them); they just dropped to $213.

Deals on these never tend to last long, so go flex your savings muscles before this deal taps out.

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Got someone in your life that you think would be better with some flowers on their desk or in their apartment? Bloom That is having a flash sale right now for three days only, with up to 80% off select bouquets. Really, there’s a bouquet of 20 tulips for just $9. Better hurry up though, there’s only a couple days left for delivery.


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Spring cleaning may be all about getting rid of clutter, but it’s also a good time replace the old stuff you’re trashing. Use the code PERFECTSTART and take 20% off orders of $25+ on home goods and décor, fashion, and jewelry from eBay. Henkels, Samsonite, Jockey, Dyson and Crocs stores are eligible, but be sure to look at the list of stores at the bottom of the page.


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Feel like adding a new timepiece to your collection? Or maybe you’re struggling with what to get your mom for Mother’s Day this year. Treat yourself to something nice or be prepared for the holiday from Amazon’s one-day sale on designer watches and jewelry from brands like Emporio Armani, Bulova, Versace, and more. Just maybe don’t tell your mom it was on sale.


TUMI sale at Nordstrom Rack
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Normally, TUMI luggage will run you into the $500s and even more. But with Nordstrom Rack’s sale, you can get your own TUMI carry on, backpack, messenger bag, and luggage for hundreds off list price. I’m not talking a couple hundred, here. You could stand to save almost $400 on certain styles. 


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Uniqlo’s AIRism line is one of your favorite undershirts, but the technology extends to underwear, outerwear t-shirts, camis, bra tops, and more. Right now, Uniqlo is marking down three staple women’s AIRism styles: the crew neck, the seamless tee, and seamless leggings.

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Now that Pokémon is culturally relevant again, you can catch up on the movie trilogy for $17, if you’re willing to wait out a backorder.

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If you miss out on the complete That 70s Show Blu-ray for $40, it’s okay, I’ll have another deal for you. My foot, up your ass, for free!

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I urge you not to judge Ghost in the Shell based on the Scarlett Johannson film. Instead, add the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray of the original to your collection for just $8, within $1 of an all-time low.

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Legend of Korra was one of the best shows on TV during its time, let alone one of the best anime series, and you can own all four seasons on Blu-ray for just $30, courtesy of Amazon.

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Xbox Live Gold is basically a requisite add-on for your Xbox One, but don’t get suckered into paying the full $60. While supplies last, here’s an entire year for $40.


Preorder Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, $48 for Prime Members. Physical copies only.
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes out tomorrow, and while it may not arrive on launch day, Prime members can still preorder and save 20%. That kind of discount isn’t unusual (the same benefit applies to all preorder and new release games), but it warrants a mention in case it sells out after launch. As always, you won’t see the discount until checkout.

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Mass Effect Andromeda isn’t perfect, but it’s huge and ambitious, and in my opinion at least, pretty damn fun. So if you were waiting on a discount to pick up your copy, Amazon’s marked it down to $40 on PS4 and Xbox One today, the best price we’ve seen to date. Use promo code SAVER at checkout to get free shipping as well.

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If you’re lucky enough to own a Nintendo Switch, we’ve found deals on a couple of accessories to keep it safe and pristine, at least until you throw it into a wall after getting blue shelled at the finish line in Mario Kart.

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