Amazon’s Echo Look: A Fashionista’s Friend

Echo Look
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There is no doubt that Amazon has continued to make way into our households with its Echo devices and smart assistant Alexa.  Today, Amazon unveiled a new addition to the Echo family, with its Echo Look device, being offered by invitation only to Prime members.  The device is being billed as a “style assistant” camera that will help to catalog your outfits, and assigns your look a rating based on “machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists.”

Each Echo Look comes with a built-in LED light, microphone, as well as a base mount that can either be attached to a wall, or it can be left to be freestanding such as on a nightstand, dresser, etc.  It can also work with a companion app that has a Style Check feature for comparing two outfits.  If you’re not necessarily interested in the Echo Look, you can access this feature by going to your iOS Amazon app, go to Programs and Features, and look for it in that menu.

Similarly to other Echo devices, with the Look, you can still have Alexa read you your daily news flash briefing, play music, or check on how long it will take you to get to work with traffic estimates.  Amazon plans on adding additional skills to the Look also.

From the product page:

  • Introducing Echo Look—everything you love about Alexa, and now she can help you look your best
  • Using just your voice, easily take full-length photos and short videos with a hands-free camera that includes built-in LED lighting, depth-sensing camera, and computer vision-based background blur
  • See yourself from every angle with the companion app. Build a personal lookbook and share your photos.
  • Get a second opinion on which outfit looks best with Style Check, a new service that combines machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists
  • Echo Look helps you discover new brands and styles inspired by your lookbook
  • Ask Alexa to read the news and audiobooks, set alarms, get traffic and weather updates, control smart home devices, play music, and more
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Starbucks, Fitbit, NPR, and more

Amazon Dash Button Deal: Buy 2, Get 1 Free

Amazon Dash Button

If you are an Amazon Prime member and have been waiting for a good opportunity to add to your Dash Button collection, you’re in luck.  For a limited time, Amazon is offering a Buy 2, Get 1 Free Deal on their Dash Button selection, which now includes over 300 brands.

With over 300 brands to choose from, reordering is easier than ever.  Simply press Dash Button when you’re running low and order your favorites at the same low prices offered on Amazon.com.

For a limited time, buy two Dash Buttons and get one free.  Receive a $4.99 credit after first press for each Dash Button.

It is worth reiterating however that this is for Amazon Prime Members only.  If you’re not a Prime Member and wish to to give it a try, the retailer offers six month trials for students, and a one month trial for non-students.  Feel free to check out either applicable link for more information.

For those unfamiliar with the Dash Button concept, they are a great way to quickly reorder products at the literal push of a button, but reminding you when you might be running low, by your placing the button near the location fo the item.  For instance, you may wish to place a Tide button near your laundry supplies.  Check out the below image for additional examples:

Dash Button examples

Additional Fine Print Re: Deal

$4.99 Account Credit with First Attempted Order Using Dash Button—Terms and Conditions apply. This is a limited time offer that is available to Prime members only. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold. To receive the $4.99 account credit, you must attempt to order through the Dash Button by December 31, 2017. Once applied to your account, the $4.99 credit will be allocated proportionally among all qualifying items in your order(s). The $4.99 account credit may only be applied to eligible products sold through http://www.amazon.com. Offer good while promotional supplies last. Shipping charges may apply to discounted and free promotional items. Offer limited to one account credit per Dash Button purchased during the promotion period. The maximum benefit you may receive in connection with this offer is $4.99 per Dash Button purchased. The $4.99 account credit may not be redeemed for Amazon Gift Cards. Offer may not be combined with other offers. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid. Please see Amazon Dash Button Buy 2, Get 1 promotion terms here.

#SundayMorning Gillette Disposable Razor Deal

A Gillette Disposable Razor
Shavings on razor blades is always a great deal.

Both men and women know that needing to get new razors can sometimes take a good chunk out of the monthly budget.  Users of disposable razors will be pleased to know that today Amazon is running a great deal on Gillette Custom Plus 3 Sensitive disposable razor blades when you go and clip a $3 coupon and checkout via Subscribe and Save.

Do note though that you must be logged into your account and that coupons are typically one use per account.  The good news is too that after your order ships, and you do not want to continue the subscription, you can cancel your Subscribe and Save at any time.

See below the fold for the available deals.

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Great Amazon Deal on TP-Link Smart Plug

An image of the TP-Link Smart Plug
“Alexa, order another TP-Link Smart Plug”

During their Black Friday sale last year, we finally took the plunge and picked up Amazon’s Echo with Alexa built in.  We have thoroughly enjoyed being able to use it to listen to music through Amazon Music Unlimited, set timers, and being able to voice control turning lights and the TV thanks to devices like the TP-Link Smart Plug.

With this particular smart plug, you can plug it into any conventional wall outlet, and connect anything like a fan, a coffee maker, or in our case, our living room lamp, and can then use Amazon’s Alexa to turn the device on and off.

See below the fold for the discount!

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Amazon Meets Nest Thermostat Discount for Earth Day

Recently it was announced that smart thermostat maker Nest was offering a discount on their website for the Nest Thermostat, allowing customers to buy the current generation unit for $219, in recognition of Earth Day.  This amounts to a savings of $30 off of the regular price.  Matt Rogers, Nest’s founder and Chief Product Officer, announced the temporary deal in a blog post this week, which revolves around upcoming Earth Day celebrations.

A picture of the Nest Thermostat

However, customers might be interested to know that Amazon, who is frequently known for trying to either meet most discounts, or beat prices, is also offering the third generation Nest Thermostat for $219 as well!  Rogers said that the discount on their website would remain available to customers on their website until Earth Day, April 22.  Whether or not Amazon will maintain the same price until then is uncertain.

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E-Book Deal Alert: Freakonomics Available for $1.99

 

Freakonomics picture of part apple part orange
It’s all apples and oranges right?

When the book Freakonomics first came out, it set out to turn the study of economics on its head.  Authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner posed questions such as, “which is more dangerous?  A gun, or a swimming pool?”  “What do school teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?”  “Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?”  “How much do parents really matter?”  The authors set out to try and show that at the heart of it all, economics is how people get what they want, or need, particularly when other people want, or need the same thing.

That said, if you have not yet had a chance to read this series, be it due to price or any other number of factors, there is currently a great deal on the book for $1.99 on Amazon for the revised and expanded edition!

Amazon Launches Cash – A New Way to Shop from A to Z

Amazon Cash Me Outside

If you have always wanted to shop at Amazon, but have been hesitant to due to the need to use a credit or debit card, yesterday the company announced a new way you can shop on their site with Amazon Cash.  The new service will give consumers a chance to add cash to their Amazon.com balance via showing a barcode at a participating retailer, then having that cash immediately applied to their Amazon account.  Amazon says that you can add any amount between $15 and $500.

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Unlocked Smartphone Savings at Amazon

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Despite Samsung having recently updated their Galaxy smartphone lineup and Apple’s rumored “iPhone 8” more than likely on the way this fall, there are still plenty of other smartphones out there.  If you are in the market for a new phone, Amazon has some great deals today and tomorrow only on smartphones from makers Sony, Lenovo, Asus and more.  What is great is these phones come unlocked, so they should work on any carrier.

Amazon Prime Members Get $5.99 in Credit With Dash Button and Purchase

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While Amazon already makes it easy to order millions of products seamlessly and quickly, their Dash Button makes it even easier to order products in the blink of an eye.  Think putting the Tide button near your laundry supply for when you run out, etc.

Normally the buttons can cost $4.99 and come with a resulting $4.99 credit after using them for the first time.  Also note you do need to have a Prime membership in order to buy these buttons.  Not a Prime member yet?  You can sign up for a trial first to see if it would even be of interest to you.

In recognition of the Dash button’s second birthday, Amazon is running the below promotion:

  • Buy a Dash button for free or for $.99 with promo code: DASHBDAY
  • Still get the $4.99 credit after first use

But if you choose no-rush shipping, you’ll receive another $1 in credit toward your next purchase or rental of select Amazon Video, digital music, eBooks, apps, digital video games or digital software.

While most Dash buttons usually cost $4.99, however there are some that only cost $3.99 and will wind up being free after the promo code is utilized.

Note that the offer is only valid from March 31 through April 7, you are limited to a maximum of 3 buttons and the $4.99 credit will only hit your account after you press the button for the first time.

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Deal Ending Soon: $30 off Amazon Home Services

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You always knew you could find just about anything from A to Z with Amazon, and you can’t beat the convenience of their 2 day free shipping with a Prime membership.  But did you know that you can also book home services as well for an extra little bit of time savings and help around the house?  I wanted to share a deal with readers in that from now until 11:59PM PT on March 31, you can save an additional $30 off of home services.

Terms and Conditions include:

  • Offer valid in eligible zip codes until 11:59 p.m. (PT) on March 31, 2017, or while supplies last.
  • Discount will be applied at checkout.
  • Promotion applicable only to items sold and shipped by Amazon.
  • Customer must complete check out with their preferred grill and the accompanying assembly service by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on March 31, 2017.
  • The service must be scheduled and completed within 90 days of purchase.
  • Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time.
  • Service prices are subject to change.
  • Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold.
  • Offer may not be combined with other offers.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.

So if you have a list of projects you have been meaning to get to this spring, but don’t think you’ll have the time, then this could be a worthwhile promotion to look into to save time, money and perhaps a little grunt work.