Holidays

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    The CG boys are taking a well-earned break tomorrow but thank you for another great year of CrunchGear. We wake up for you guys, whether it seems like it or not, and we could have made it through without your diligent visits to our little kingdom of jollity and mirth. Have a great Turkey day and we’ll see you on Friday. Read More

  • Wal-Mart's Black Friday ad posted online officially: $128 Blu-ray player

    Big bad Wal-Mart, which supplies Main Street with the cheap goods it needs to survive, today officially released its Black Friday ad. Whoop-dee-do. Wal-Mart wants you to input your zip code in order to view your local Black Friday ad, so your mileage may vary. My zip code popped up a Magnavox Blu-ray player (the NB500MG9) for $128; a $798 50-inch 1080i/720p Samsung LCD TV; $15 Blu-ray… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Pioneer Inno for XM Radio $179 (that's $70 cheaper than normal!)

    Should you still plan on celebrating the holidays this year—money’s tight, I know—then you may want to check out some of the deals the XM half of Sirius XM has going on. For example, you can grab the portable XMp3 player, which can record around 100 hours of programming, for $259, a full $20 off the regular price. You can also grab the slightly older Inno for $179, which is… Read More

  • $400 PS3 holiday bundle spotted: 80GB system, Ratchet, Casino Royale

    Ha! Check out this Zapruder-quality photo of an upcoming PS3 holiday bundle, taken at a Best Buy. (We’re not sure if it’s Best Buy-exclusive.) If we’re to believe this to be authentic, the bundle contains an 80GB system, Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction and the Blu-ray edition of Casino Royale. (Speaking of which, anyone see Quantum of Solace? I heard mixed things.)… Read More

  • Apparently Somali pirates might ruin the holidays

    I’ll be honest; I can’t really tell how much of this recent Reuters article is pure, unabashed sensationalism and how much of it is something to seriously worry about. Apparently pirate activity (the yarrr kind, not the torrent kind) near Somalia has been picking up recently, with more frequent plundering against freight ships causing some companies to opt for alternative… Read More

  • Happy Halloween from your favorite monsters

    http://www.collegehumor.com/moogaloop/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1715915&fullscreen=1 See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor. From all of us to all of you, have a happy and scary Halloween. If you have a minute, tweet “trick or tweet” to Greg. He loves it! Read More

  • Consumer Electronics Association predicts 3.5 percent sales growth (but that's not really good news)

    The Consumer Electronics Association—the folks who organize CES, which I just registered for a few minutes ago—have whipped up a study that shows a 3.5 percent growth in consumer spending this holiday season. That may sound good, 3.5 percent growth, but it is a half-percentage point drop compared to last year. As such, there’s more than a tinge of “doom and gloom”… Read More

  • 300 hands-on reviews by December 24

    I hate to do this but we’re squarely in pre-holiday season and, for better or worse, you’re going to start shopping soon. Because we’re nice guys, we’re going to review 300 items from 2008 and report back on which gadgets, gear, and geegaws are worth your time and attention this year. Read More

  • Happy 4th

    Hey, readers. We’ll be chilling in the sunshine tomorrow and back to posting on the weekend in the lead-up to – ummmm – the iPhone 3G! Have a good long weekend and thanks, as always, for tuning in. Read More

  • Happy Cheese Weasel Day!

    My buddy Jeremy reports: Unknown to most, April 3rd is Cheese Weasel Day, the holiday where the Cheese Weasel brings dairy goodness to all the good boys and girls in the tech industry. While the origins are murky, it seems to have started around 1992 when a weasel was spotted carrying a Kraft Single. This, they assumed, must be the Cheese Weasel, and therefore, that it must be Cheese Weasel Day. Read More

  • Post-holiday Wii rain checks to be issued at GameStop

    We’re all one step closer to maybe, kind of, almost being able to reliably get our hands on a Wii thanks to a new program by Nintendo of America and GameStop. Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime told reporters today that GameStop would have "many tens of thousands" of rain checks good for grabbing a system in January. So while you might not be able to put a Wii under the… Read More

  • Open It now!

    If you’ve been following BFF, which I know you have, then you know how aggravating it is to try and open those obnoxious blister packs. With the gift giving season in full force what better gadget could anyone ask for other than the Open It? The Open It from Zibra combines a cutting tool, dual-head screwdriver and retractable cutting blade into the ultimate ‘wrap rage cure’. Read More

  • The origin of Cyber Monday: Spend your money on industry-designated days!

    How are you celebrating CYBER MONDAY, the best fake holiday ever (aside from Earth Day)? By buying lots of things online hopefullylol!!! Two years ago, Shop.org invented the holiday in response to inflated sales numbers it saw on the Monday after Thanksgiving. People were at work, at their cubicles, thinking how much they love their family, but that they don’t love them enough to pay… Read More

  • Amazon 'Customers Vote' deals are outstanding

    How’d you like a Wii for $79? Unbelievable. See this is why you can’t get a Wii anywhere. Amazon’s been hoarding them all for this very event. Up for grabs is your choice of 1000 Wii consoles at $79 each, 1000 40GB PS3 consoles at $139 each, or 1000 Xbox 360 Arcade consoles at $99 each. More scantily clad deals after the jump. Read More

  • How would a $400 PS3 affect holiday sales?


    Sales of this, however, are expected to surge While a $400 PS3 still hasn’t officially been announced for North America yet, let’s assume it’s going to happen. Let’s also assume it happens in time for the holiday shopping season. Where would this put Sony, vis-a-vis Microsoft and Nintendo? According to several industry analysts, don’t expect Sony to rocket to the… Read More

  • Holiday bundles from Microsoft include two free games

    Just in time for the holiday rush, Microsoft is giving away two worthwhile games for the holiday console bundles. As if the recent price cuts weren’t enough to entice you, how about Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance? Both titles will be included in the Premium (whatever they want to call it) and Elite sets. The holiday bundles will be available at the end of the month in… Read More

  • New Wii bundles for the holidays?

    Maxconsole has a rumor that a new Wii bundle from Nintendo is expected to hit for the holidays. No word on what’s in the bundle, just that it’ll cost $289.99 MSRP and will have a new SKU. We’re guessing it’ll include two controllers and the Zapper. Hoping, really. Rumor: New Wii sku due soon [MaxCon] Read More

  • Buy Your Wii Now Or You'll Wii Wii Later

    If your whiny brat has been asking for a Wii then I suggest you purchase one now in time for the holidays. Or you could be a dirt bag and buy as many as possible and then sell them for a ridiculous amount during the holidays, if you’re inclined to believe George Harrison, senior VP of marketing and corporate comm’s for Nintendo of America. He can’t guarantee Nintendo will be… Read More

  • Memorial Day Greetings

    The birds are singing, the beer is cold, and the warm weather awaits. We’ll be on a reduced schedule this weekend and Monday while the CG team takes a few moments to rest and relax before the feeding frenzy that will be the iPhone launch in a few weeks. Hugs and kisses to you and yours, readers, and have a great weekend. Read More

  • Reader Response: Holiday SPECTACULAR Days 04/05


    I’ve been jamming out to Man Man and doing nothing productive today, because let’s face it, there isn’t really anything to report today. We almost nothing. We do still have two more winners for our Reader Response Holiday SPECTACULAR. So let’s get right to that. Read More