The economy hasn’t fully recovered, and consumers are careful and thoughtful about how they spend their money. There are a lot of great deals out there, but we know you don’t have the time to sift through deal sites and big box websites for on-sale items. Lucky for you, we’ve launched a Steals of the Week series, in which we’ll scour the web and present a few high-tech gadgets or products that give you bang for the buck. Because while some things are worth paying for, you don’t have to break the bank.
Check out the three products below, and come back next Monday to see the next slew of things to buy.
1. iConvert® Photo Scanner
Price: $99.99 (regularly $129.99)
Where to get it: Brookstone
Why you should buy it: Before your old pics yellow — or get swept away in a flood or other disaster — digitize them. While there’s likely only one physical print of your old family photos, digitizing will let the whole clan enjoy them for posterity. The device can scan paper photos or documents up to 8½” x 11″ in 300 dpi resolution, and it saves them as JPEG files to an SD or MMC memory card (sold separately).
Price: $38.50 (regularly $70)
Where to get it: Fab
Why you should buy it: Surge protectors are kept on the floor, where they’re prone to dropped food, spilled drinks and pet accidents (in a dog-friendly office, Mashable has experienced this firsthand). Make sure you invest in one that won’t spark, overheat or shut down when something spills on it.
Where to get it: Gog.com
Why you should buy it: We all want bang for our buck — how about five venerable games for $3.99? Each one will take you through a huge world, each with its own culture and mythology, based on Germanic fairy tales, Arabian and Slavic folklore and Greek mythology. Since their initial release in 1989, Quest for Glory has enabled gamers to create characters, choose a class and abilities and and set out on a grand journey with a humorous story line. Consider this bargain purchase a warm-up to the next era in the game creators’ plans: Hero U, a game to be funded by Kickstarter.