Thursday Jolt: Unlocked, Refurb iPad mini for $245, 65" Samsung Smart HDTV for $975


Merry Christmas! No doubt you're reading this through a food-and-nog coma, having already given and received enough presents to satisfy you through your birthday. But with the holiday gifting season over, you can finally relax ... and think about what you REALLY want and need.

If that pottery kit from Aunt Marge isn't doing it for you, see if you can use the store credit on one of the items below, like an unlocked, refurbished iPad mini for the best price we've ever seen, or a 65" Smart HDTV for an all-time low. These offers and more are in the Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

  1. Top Membership Deal
    VMP 2-Month Membership
    Store: Meh
    Price: Free
    Lowest By: $10
    Expires: December 25

    Is It Worth It?: Meh offers amazingly cheap daily deals on questionably useful products — it's up to you to decide! Their VMP (Very Mediocre Person) program offers free shipping on all orders, a $10 value. And if that's not enough, Meh's signature snarky style comes for free. This is the first such offer we've seen for this service. Note that existing VMP members will receive a 2-month membership tacked onto their current membership.

  2. Top Console Bundle Deal
    Sony PlayStation 4 Console bundled with the Sony Silver Wired Stereo Headset and your choice of game
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: $349.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $99

    Is It Worth It?: With nothing going on for the next week, now is the perfect time to cloister yourself inside with your favorite game system for some marathon play. And if you'd been resisting upgrading to a current-gen system due to price, this deal should help ease the transition. (For comparison, we saw a similar PS4 console bundle yesterday for $399, still live.) The console includes the system, a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller, mono wired headset, and cables. The stereo headset features 7.1 surround sound and retractable boom mic. For the extra game, choose from Destiny, NBA 2K15, Far Cry 4, or Little Big Planet 3.

  3. Top HDTV Deal
    Samsung 65" 120Hz 1080p LED-Backlit LCD Smart HD Television
    Store: PC Richard
    Price: $974.97 in-cart with free shipping
    Lowest By: $23

    Is It Worth It?: Maybe you're more of a movie and TV lover? This Smart HDTV will make you the envy of all your videophile friends. That's $23 below last month's mention and the lowest total price we've seen. It features 1920x1080 (1080p) native resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, edge-lit LED backlight, Smart TV with Samsung Apps (with Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, and more), WiFi, USB, and two HDMI inputs.

  4. Top iPad Deal
    Unlocked Apple iPad mini 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE Tablet
    Store: A4C
    Price: $244.95 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $45
    Expires: December 25

    Is It Worth It?: The original iPad mini now has two generations of descendants, but according to TechRadar, if you don't care about that Retina display, it still holds up amazingly well. And this deal makes the value even better, as it's tied with our expired refurb mention from three days ago and the lowest total price we've seen for this model. This tablet features an A5 1GHz dual-core processor, 7.9" 1024x768 touchscreen LCD, 32GB internal storage, 4G LTE support, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera, 1080p video recording, and iOS. A 90-day A4C warranty applies.

  5. Top Game Deal
    Just Dance 2015 for Wii
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: $20 with free in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $17

    Is It Worth It?: If you overdid it on the candy canes, you could probably use some exercise. But don't hit the treadmill, hit the dance floor with this favorite. (Note that it's also available at GameStop for the same price.) Opt for in-store pickup to avoid the $3.98 shipping charge. Also available is Just Dance 2015 for PlayStation 4 for $29.99 (pictured, same at GameStop via pickup, low by $10). Check out the deals on Just Dance 2015 for various platforms at Best Buy.

Benjamin Glaser
DealNews Contributing Writer

Ben was Features Editor at DealNews from 2014 to 2017, when his shopping insights were highlighted by Good Morning America, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. Though no longer in consumer news, Ben still loves getting a great deal (and writing about it!).
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).


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