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!

    If you are interested in having The CheckOut crew review one of your products, send me an email to reviews at bensbargains dot net. (Of course, replace at for @ and dot for .)


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    Check out my most recent posts:

  • Amazon bans Aukey, Mpow from site for fake, paid reviews

    During the late afternoon on May 10, Amazon removed the vast majority of product listings for electronics accessory companies like Aukey, MPow and Tomtop. This action comes roughly a month before Prime Day, typically quite profitable for...

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  • Amazon Prime Day is officially scheduled for Q2 2021, likely June.

    On today’s Q1 earnings call, Amazon management confirmed that the company will shift the traditional Prime Day date from early July to an undetermined date during Q2 2021 (April through June). By moving away from July, Amazon...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    HBO is launching a cheaper, $10-a-month ad-supported plan for HBO Max in June

    Targeting a June 2021 launch window, AT&T is working on a version of the HBO Max streaming video service that will be roughly 33% cheaper than the premium tier. While the current tier of HBO Max is...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    10 Ways to Deter Thieves from Stealing your Amazon Packages

    With more consumers relying on online shopping rather than making numerous trips to retail stores, the number of people scouring neighborhoods looking to steal packages has increased as well. To help you safeguard your packages, we’ve complied...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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  • Florida residents will be paying more taxes on online shopping purchases soon

    Going into effect on July 1, online shoppers located in Florida will be paying sales tax on purchases made with companies that don’t have a physical presence in the state. For instance, a purchase on Walmart.com would...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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  • Here’s five cheaper alternatives to everything Apple announced today

    Apple held a Spring 2021 event today to roll out several new products including refreshes on the iPad Pro, iMac and Apple TV as well as Bluetooth trackers called AirTags. (And the greatest announcement of all: Season...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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    30 Ways to Save Money at Best Buy, online and in-store

    If you are spending money at Best Buy, there are plenty of ways to save your money (and time) when shopping. We’ve put together a list of thirty Best Buy-specific shopping tips to take advantage of when online at BestBuy.com...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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  • Best Buy launches $200-a-year subscription service in 60 stores

    Looking for a way to rival Amazon’s popular Prime subscription model, Best Buy is launching a new membership service called Best Buy Beta. This service is going to provide access to exclusive sale pricing, zero shipping costs,...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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    Real Estate: How to remove PMI early from your mortgage & save money

    If you purchased a house using a conventional loan & put up less than 20% for your down payment, you are paying PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) on top of your mortgage payment each month.  That insurance isn’t for...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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  • 30 Times when Delivery Drivers Failed at Hiding Packages

    We have all come home at least once to find an online shopping purchase hidden poorly around our home, if at all. Some delivery drivers are expert ninjas at hiding your packages from would-be thieves, but there are...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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    Cutting the cord in 2021? Here’s the cheapest cable replacement options

    Is this the year you are ditching all the ridiculous fees that your cable company charges? Are you tired of subscribing to channels you don’t watch and paying ridiculous DVR service fees. If you are looking into...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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    200+ Superbly Decorated, Pop Culture Easter Eggs

    Preparing for an awesome Easter egg hunt with the kids? Want to stand out from the crowd with cool decorations? Check out more than 200 wonderfully decorated Easter eggs with characters from movies like Star Wars and...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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