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:

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    The 5 Worst Black Friday Deals of 2014

    While the majority of us love snagging great deals while shopping on Black Friday, either online or at the store, there are number of fairly horrible deals out there this year that are designed to take advantage of consumers...

    • Posted 3 days ago
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    Here’s When Retailers are Opening on Thanksgiving / Black Friday

    If you are interested in avoiding the tryptophan on Thanksgiving and lining up at your favorite retailer for some doorbusters this year ($199 50-inch Panasonic HDTV @ Best Buy anyone?), you will probably need to know when each store...

    • Posted 2 weeks ago
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    Tablets Worth Buying This Holiday Season

    Just like 2013, the tablet is going to be an extremely popular gift during the 2014 holiday season. While some consumers may still be getting their first tablet, others are looking to replace older tablet technology purchased last year...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    Shut Up and Take My Money: Oreo Churros & Oreo Creme Dip

    Do you like classic Oreo cookies? Do you like yummy fried churros? How about combining the two into an amalgamation of infinite sweetness that will make your taste buds break out into an 83-minute version of Ode to Joy? And...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    Ermahgerd! Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Geek

    We are sure you’ve heard the overused saying “It’s the age of the geek, baby!” That phrase has been beaten to death in pop culture, but it’s only becoming more factually true with each passing day. Geeks...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    B1G1F? B&M? YMMV? 40 Online Shopping Terms Explained

    Ever wonder what all those abbreviations mean on our deal posts as well as various online shopping forums around the Web? For some that’s relatively new to online shopping, all these little abbreviations can be confusing. And we bet...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    This is Why You Should Shop Online on Black Friday

    The jokesters over at College Humor created a hilarious set of how-to graphics to illustrate the dangers of shopping at a retail store on Black Friday. Slathered in a heavy layer of dark humor, the graphics depict situations...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    Prime Perk Alert: Amazon now includes unlimited photo storage

    Piling on to the numerous existing perks of Amazon Prime membership, the retailer has rolled out unlimited cloud storage for photos uploaded from iOS and Android mobile devices as well as the line of Kindle tablets. Of...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    10 Things You Shouldn’t Buy on Black Friday

    With Black-Friday caliber deals kicking off already this morning at stores like Walmart and Amazon, the shopping season is in full swing. However, not everything that goes on sale on Black Friday is going to be the...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    Spigen Slim Armor iPhone 6 Plus Case Review: Slim Enough

    One of the downsides to purchasing a new iPhone from Apple is the insane markup the company attaches to first party cases. Using the iPhone 6 Plus as an example, the two cases sold by Apple include...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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    Cheaper Than Amazon: Week of October 27th, 2014

    You can admit it. We all do it. It’s a compulsion, a necessity, an obsession. Anyone that uses the Internet checks Amazon when shopping for something. Don’t get us wrong, we do it too. And quite often,...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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    Shut Up and Take My Money: FireTV HDMI Stick

    After Google carved out a new market segment in the home theater space with the Chromecast, the rest of the industry has rushed to create similar devices for anyone that was interested in easily converting any Internet-challenged...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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