“And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids”
In a week where fashion faux pas and Mike’s hair have dominated the headlines in the office, the wider world has had its eyes on the upcoming Royal Nuptials – and Jason Manford seeing sense and quitting The One Show.
As if the scare of Mike’s new bonce, and Jag and Michelle’s matching jumpers wasn’t enough , I – the ever fearless and intrepid Dunc – spent Wednesday evening in a Hoghton Tower ( the 3rd most haunted house in Britain apparently). Now, I’m no Yvette Fielding – and definitely no Derek Acorah (who still owes me an evening of my life and £25 quid after the shambles at Manchester Opera House years ago) – but if you’re ever wondering what to do on a cold, miserable winter evening; get yourself down to your local paranormal abode. Mulled wine, open fires and steak pie, intermixed with a wander through a 16th Century home to follow in the footsteps of William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and King James I – who is said to have famously knighted a loin of beef, thus becoming ‘Sir Loin’. What a great way to spend a midweek evening! Alas, no spectres to report nor any Scooby Doo villains masquerading as ghosts that needed to be unmasked.
In other office news, Christmas is now in full effect with the Christmas Store open, and this week we’ve added the digital edition of the Catalogue and our Stocking Filler suggestions – make sure you take a look this week!
In other news, if you have been reading Dunc’s Deals since Day Dot then you will recall the Old Spice references in the very first edition “Helloooo….is it me you’re looking for?” Well today the winners of the .net Awards 2010 have been announced and the Viral campaign of the year rightly went to the guys from Old Spice – I’m still on a horse.
Last week I announced that Luke Patchesa had won the 8GB iPod Touch right here on the blog! This week I have been spreading the joy to winning customers of the Dunc’s Deals “Buy & Win” promotions that are scattered across the site. Terry Corbett was the winner of the Intel 40GB SSD that we had up for grabs for Intel Processor orders during October. Terry said of the win; “This has come has a big surprise. I have used Dabs.com for a number of years and always get excellent service and value for money.” So there you have it, folks – it really does pay to be a Dunc’s Deals reader!
I contacted Mick Hewitt to share the news that he was the winner of the Intel 160GB SSD that we had up for grabs for those who bought our ASUS Intel Self-Build Bundles. “The components that I bought in my order were competitively priced, arrived extremely quickly, very well packaged and have built me a good, solid, fast system. This little gem will make it even faster,” Mick said.
As Terry and Mick will testify, you sometimes get a little bit extra when you buy from dabs – we are always worth a visit! That leads me nicely into a Christmas “Buy & Win” promotion…
…from Kingston! Having launched their new SSDNow V100 Series last week, we have secured SIX units of the new 128GB SSDNow V100 Solid State Drive Desktop Bundle worth £169.98 and each week will be giving one away to customers. To stand a chance of winning you just have to order an item from our Kingston or Kingston ValueRAM Range and each Monday a customer from the past 7 days orders will be selected and contacted. Spread the word!
As if that wasn’t enough, Laura in our Product Management Team has just launched an Optical Deals Bonanza showcasing our best deals from across the range – so whether its External DVD Drives, Internal SATA Drives, LightScribe Drives or Slim Drives – we’ve got you covered… for less than you might think!
The first stock of the anticipated Western Digital WD TV® Live Hub™ 1TB arrived yesterday, and promptly shot straight out of the door! This fantastic new product will be back in stock soon so ensure you get your orders on now to secure stock before Christmas. Click here to find out how the Hub helps “Bring Your Life To Life.” In the meantime, we’ve dropped the price of the WD TV HD Live Media Player to under £80 – a perfect stocking filler.
PRODUCT DEALS – BUY & WIN: AMD SELF-BUILD BUNDLE!
This week has been my busiest yet for ‘Price Match Challenges’ and deal requests! One extremely happy customer was Alex who asked for a customised Intel Self-Build Bundle and ended up getting a special deal on a FULL system build just by emailing in! Keep them coming in!
It’s Deal Time once again and Bully returns to deliver the top 5 deals of the week – with a twist! If you buy from this page using the special link then you qualify to go into a draw to win an Asus M4A87TD EVO Motherboard and a AMD Phenom II X6 1075T 3.0Ghz Processor – worth over £220. Simply click through, buy one of the deals and then email via firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number and I will put you in the draw! Spread the word and send me examples of you getting the word out and ill send you a download code for Lost Planet 2!
Iiiiiin 1! LG Electronics N2R1 NAS 2TB (2 x 1TB) With DVDRW final reduction, now under £190!
Iiiiiin 2! Buffalo 1TB MiniStation Shockproof Portable Hard Drive, currently £79.99, you can have £5 off now just £74.98!
Iiiiiin 3! This week I’ve dropped the OCZ Technology 128GB Onyx SSD to under £140, this is now at a not to be missed price!
Iiiiiin 4! The new Asus O!Play HD2 HD Media Player with USB 3.0 is already less than £100 but you can grab it with £10 off!
Iiiiiin 5! The new Sapphire Technology ATI Radeon 6870 is already under £190 but today you can buy it for £179.98!
Once again spread the word of these deals and the WIN A BUNDLE offer and send me examples of you getting the word out and ill send you a download code for Lost Planet 2!
PUDSEY, WORLD TOILET DAY, CASTLES & PHIL NEVILLE
First up, something which has caught the eye today is the launch of the Domestic “Flush Tracker” to celebrate World Toilet day. If you’ve ever wondered “How far does your flush go” then fear not as now you can track from anywhere in the world – distance travelled and velocity are all covered in this little beauty! Thomas Crapper would be proud!
If any of you heeded my suggestion last week and checked your attic to see if there is a small fortunes worth of Chinese porcelain lying around, then you might be in the financial position to snap up Phil Neville’s three-storey apartment in Manchester’s tallest building. The three bedroom property is thought to be the most expensive of its kind in Manchester and is on the market for a cool £4million! Perhaps he’s moving into brother Gary’s Telly Tubby house?
In honour of the aforementioned engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton (about which my missus Caroline has been far too excited about*) RightMove have also released a list of suitable homes they could choose from, don’t know about you but I’ve always quite fancied a castle!
Finally, tonight is Children In Need, and to celebrate we are donating up to £10 to this fantastic cause when you buy any model of the BT Verve 410 Cordless Phones , before November 21st! Take advantage of a great new handset and ensure you help make a difference to a great charity!
*The answer is still no, we aren’t having any tatty marital merchandise of the day, I wont have my home filled with the same tat all our parents did when the last one took place!