Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sold Out Toy Alert - Star Wars Ultimate Lightsaber

Sold Out Toys Christmas 2008 Sold Out Toy AlertThe Star Wars Ultimate Lightsaber is sold out everywhere online. There were still plenty at my local Toys R Us a few days ago, and you can get them online from third-party sellers on Amazon and on eBay, although you'll probably pay well above the $39.99 list price at either of those sites. As of this writing the cheapest Ultimate Lightsaber on Amazon is about $70 with shipping, and eBay ending prices are ranging around $50 to $70.

The Crayola Glow Station has been sold out on most sites for over a week, and as of this morning Amazon is out of stock too, except for third-party sellers, who have the Glow Station (list price $39.99) in stock for $70 and up. Ebay auctions for the Glow Station are ending around $50 to $60 and should go up as long as the other sites are out of stock.

If you're looking for the Star Wars Ultimate Lightsaber or the Crayola Glow Station, you've probably already missed getting a good deal online. Your best bet at this point if these are must-have Christmas gifts this year is to check your local stores and hope you get lucky or buy online quickly before the prices go up any further. There is always the chance that online stores will restock these toys, so you can also keep checking availability at and

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Last Minute Christmas Delivery Deadlines - Expedited & Free Shipping Dates for

As Christmas rapidly approaches, you may find yourself needing last minute Christmas delivery of gifts you put off purchasing. Check this list for holiday shipping deadlines for, including expedited delivery services and free shipping opportunities. Amazon has some of the cheapest last-minute Christmas delivery options you'll find (including free and immediate options).

These dates and prices apply to most items sold or fulfilled by and shipped to US street addresses. Earlier deadlines or additional charges apply to items shipped to FPO addresses, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, or PO Boxes and to large or heavy items requiring White Glove delivery (TVs, exercise equipment, etc.).

Wednesday, December 17

Free Super Saver Shipping on a huge selection of items in all categories
Gift Cards by Mail

Thursday, December 18

Standard Shipping on most items, price varies by item, $3 and up

Monday, December 22, as late as 3pm PST, depending on item

Two-Day Shipping on most items, price varies by item, $6 and up or free with Amazon Prime

Tuesday, December 23, as late as 3pm PST, depending on item

One-Day Shipping, price varies by item, $10 and up or $3.99 per item with Amazon Prime

Christmas Day, December 25

Amazon Gift Cards and Magazine Subscriptions, free email delivery or printable certificate in minutes

If you have a lot of last-minute shopping to do, or if you need a cheaper way to send packages to people around the US, consider getting an Amazon Prime membership. It costs $79 a year, but there is a one-month free trial going on right now. You get unlimited free two-day shipping and one-day shipping costs only $3.99 per item. There are no purchase minimums or limitations, so if you're running late and facing expedited shipping charges you can save a lot, even if you pay the annual fee. You can ship as many packages as you need to, to any number of locations, as late as December 22 with no shipping charges beyond the Amazon Prime membership fee. Depending on your situation, the $79 annual fee can be a huge bargain.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sold Out Toys Alert - Crayola Glow Station

Sold Out Toys Christmas 2008 Sold Out Toy AlertThe Crayola Glow Station is now sold out at many online stores. Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, eToys, KBtoys, and the official are all currently out of stock.

The Glow Station is still in stock as of this writing at for $28.06 (29% off list price) with free shipping. If the Crayola Glow Station is on your Christmas shopping list, grab it now while it's still available at a good price.

On a related note, a new portable Crayola Glow Station On the Go is available for pre-order on A smaller version of the poster-sized Glow Station, the On the Go Glow Station is $20.98 and will be released on December 15, 2008.