I use Google Reader to subscribe to most of my RSS feeds. One of the feeds I have set up is the up and coming deals listed on Slickdeals.net. There’s usually a couple hundred per day, so for the most part, I glance at them just to see what’s going on (though this is really fun to watch on Black Friday and Cyber Monday).
A couple of weeks ago, I saw one pop in right around the time I was checking for a TV deal. It was a 42″ Vizio TV (good brand), refurbished, at Walmart, for $199.99. You could buy a 4-year warranty for an extra $32. Add in $12 in sales tax, and that would be a TV to use for four years for $243.99. Sounded pretty slick to me!
I rarely buy on impulse but I figured, what the heck. We put our cash back rewards into a fund for new TVs or other electronic purchases, and I knew I could find a spot for this.
But I also knew the likelihood of actually getting one of these TVs was pretty low.