New home sales are up, durable goods orders are on the rise, and the stock market seems on track to make its biggest monthly gain since 1987. Could the worst be over? We'll reserve judgment. But if it is ... let's hope electronics retailers don't get the memo. Good deals abound, and we don't want them to disappear any time soon.
Toshiba has a 17-inch Satellite on sale for $529, and Brad's Deals has a coupon code that will bring the price down to $479. Brad's Deals (which is pretty much our go-to source for laptop deals) also has a 13-inch Gateway notebook, with 3GB memory and a 250GB hard drive, for $549.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate. NewEgg has a 16-inch Sony Vaio (4GB/250GB) for $899; the same model costs $300 more at Amazon and Buy.com. And if you're interested in Lenovo, check out these coupon codes—they are only available on certain models and certain dates, and most expire on March 31.
Have you discovered the beauty of a checkpoint-friendly bag yet? If not, this Solo bag for just $16 at Buy.com might be a good place to start. (By contrast, it costs $40 at Amazon.) It's not much to look at, but you can't beat the price. Checkpoint-friendly bags contain see-through sleeves. When you get to a security checkpoint, just pull out the sleeve, which will remain attached to the inside of the bag. Then, your laptop can be screened without being removed.