Saturday, July 19, 2008

Dad tip #91: Did you know Amazon has an outlet store?

Anyone who's been reading this blog for any amount of time has probably guessed that I'm a total hooker for Amazon.com. My previous posts about Amazon include bits on the Amazon Gold Box, the Amazon 4-for-3 promotion, and Amazon Prime.

What other Amazon offering could there be left for me to sing the virtues of? Well, there are actually plenty of money-saving features, but tonight's selection is ... the Amazon Outlet.

I'll be the first to admit that there are pile of things in the outlet that I have absolutely no interest in. However, they do have an entire baby section. The #2 item right now is the Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing for $99.99 (which apparently is good for the Nature's Touch, New Nature's Touch, Nature's Wonder, and Butterfly Garden models). Not bad considering some of the models' list prices are as high as $174.49 and the cheapest price (from a reputable vendor) that I can find for any model in Google's product search is $118.99 (Walmart). All of these models are eligible for Amazon Prime free shipping, too.

Oh yeah, if you're anything like me, you might also be interested in the Xbox 360 games and Nintendo Wii games in the outlet, too. (For those of you with slightly older kids than ours, can I interest you in Spider-man: Friend or Foe (Wii) for $15.92? It's apparently a decent "bonding" game for dads and their kids according to the reviews.)

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Dad tip #30: It doesn't hurt to be picky about what video games you play in front of your baby

Okay, I'm REEEEEEALLY curious about Grand Theft Auto IV. It's being hailed as the best video game ever made. However, I can't imagine the sounds of killing cops and beating hookers for their money are particularly soothing to a baby.

I hold some weak hope that playing Tetris Evolution with my wife in front of our son will some how give him some sort of advantage as he develops his spacial reasoning ability. But then again, I did just post an entire entry about reducing chaos for your baby.

I suspect if I do end up buying GTA 4, I'll end up playing it after my son goes to sleep. Heck, I'll also probably end up playing it after my wife goes to sleep, too, because I'm pretty sure that the concept of the game offends her sensibilities ... and rightfully so, the game really is morally bankrupt.

(But I keep hearing how much fun it is from all my co-workers! GAH -- the curse of working with so many geeks!)

I suppose I'll make a decision later on whether or not GTA 4 is worth sacrificing some sleep.

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