Author: Mike Flacy

    By day, I'm the Editor-in-Chief for The CheckOut in addition to being the content manager for Steve's Digicams and High-Def Digest. During my free time, I love to write about pop culture, home theater, digital photography, social media, mobile technology and cool gadgets!

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    Check out my most recent posts:

  • Amazon may build giant beehives for drone deliveries

    Detailed within a patent application, Amazon may build large structures resembling beehives in order to house a fleet of package-delivering drones. This type of building design would be ideal for large, congested cities. At the moment, Amazon positions...

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    Amazon launches “Try before you Buy” model with Prime Wardrobe

    Copying the business model of services like Nordstrom’s Trunk Club or Blackcart, Amazon Prime Wardrobe is a new prime perk that lets shoppers try clothing from Amazon Fashion before actually purchasing anything. After a shopper receives a shipment, they simply keep whatever...

    • Posted 4 days ago
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    Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Prime Day 2017

    After a disappointing kickoff in 2015, Amazon Prime Day kicked into high gear during 2016 bringing a barrage of awesome deals. Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2017. What is Amazon Prime Day? Playing...

    • Posted 2 weeks ago
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    This Week in Highway Robbery: Acer Predator 21 X Gaming Laptop

    Are you disappointed that laptops have gotten ridiculously light with this inane ultrabook fad? Do you wish you should be forced to plug in your laptop instead of relying on silly batteries? Wouldn’t you love to use a...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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    Shut Up and Take My Money: Halo Top Ice Cream

    I have a new addiction and it appears to be contagious. My wife is now addicted, my co-workers in the Ben’s offices are now addicted (after listening to me talk about it constantly) and soon you will...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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    Amazon reduces free shipping minimum again, down to $25

    For the second time this year, Amazon has reduced the free shipping minimum on for orders of products shipped from an Amazon warehouse. Previously dropping from $49 to $35 during February 2017, Amazon has dropped the free...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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    What’s new in May 2017 on Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO Now

    Interested in what movies and television shows will be added to your favorite streaming service this month? We’ve compiled an extensive list of everything coming and going on Netflix and HBO Now as well as what’s arriving on Amazon...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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    Walmart’s new pickup discount will pay you for your time

    Launching on April 19, Walmart will start offering a new program via Walmart.com called the Pickup Discount. Starting on 10,000 items at first, customers will receive a small discount on items that are shipped to a store for...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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    No credit card? Amazon will let you buy things with cash

    Launched on Amazon this week, the retail giant has introduced a process that lets consumers add funds to their Amazon.com accounts using cash. This involves visiting a participating brick-and-mortar retailer which currently includes CVS Pharmacy, Sheetz, Family Fare, Kum &...

    • Posted 3 months ago
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    How to save $500 a year by switching to TiVo

    While cord cutting is a great way to save money, it’s not for everyone. If you are in a household that simply doesn’t want to ditch a premium cable subscription due to must-have channels or simplicity of use,...

    • Posted 3 months ago
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    Costco’s membership fees are rising on June 1

    Rising for the first time since 2011, Costco will be raising annual membership fees between $5 to $10 starting on June 1, 2017. Specifically, the Gold Star membership and Business membership will increase from $55 to $60 and the...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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  • Amazon drops free shipping minimum back to $35

    Roughly one year after raising the free shipping minimum to $49, Amazon has reversed course and lowered the threshold back down to the original amount at $35. This is the first time that Amazon has lowered the...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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