So, the silly sale period is done for another year. Or at least until Boxing Day, anyway. But how’d it work out for you?
The two biggest purchases I made were for two of my biggest loves: coffee and tech. I’ve been waiting for some discounts before grabbing some extra RAM and storage for a new rig I’m putting together, and my partner was also keenly awaiting a bargain so she could grab a new coffee machine that’d let us grind our own stuff.
Local PC retailers have always shown up for Cyber Monday, whereas Black Friday has mostly been the purview of bigger discounts on phones, console games, homewares, that sort of thing. Last year my partner and I grabbed a solid Dyson V8 as an early Christmas present, which made cleaning around the house fun. Our new coffee machine doesn’t automatically froth the milk, so I’ll be on barista duty. That’s fun to do of a morning.
There were also plenty of discounted indies on the eShop and just about every store. I didn’t grab anything of note on PC — I’ve still got tons to work through there — but on the eShop I did pick up Football Game and a couple of other pixel-art adventures that can be blasted out in a few hours, ones that won’t look too bad in handheld mode.
I also took advantage of the NBN deals. My partner and I were on an unlimited NBN 100 connection, and since Superloop’s speeds are fairly comparable to Aussie Broadband’s, we started the churn process just before midnight on a Sunday to get the $77 Superloop NBN 100/40 deal. (I got a text around lunch time that the process had begun, and 10 minutes later it was all complete. Hard to complain about that.)
How did you find the sales this year? Did you get all your Christmas gifts already, or still in that weird spot where you’re working out what to buy?