CowBoom and the Heartbleed Bug

hearbleedAs news continues to spread about the Heartbleed bug we wanted to take a moment to explain what it is and how it relates to your experience using CowBoom.

The Heartbleed bug is a vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness compromised the security of private information across the internet. You can learn more about the bug directly from the Heartbleed website.

CowBoom took action immediately after learning about the potential vulnerability and there is no evidence to date that any information was exploited during this time. While there is no threat to your security on CowBoom, we recommend changing your password. Changing your password every 90 days is widely considered an industry best practice and a good precautionary measure in times like these. Your privacy is always a top priority and we perform regular security audits to ensure that your information is safe.

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Earth Day Giveaway 2014

403x403-EarthDay-AnnounceIt’s CowBoom’s most favorite time of the year! April 22 is Earth Day but don’t let that stop you from celebrating our fine planet all year long! One of the best ways we can protect our earth from unnecessary waste and production is by reusing things. Either finding new uses for items we already own or by reusing something that someone else no longer wants or needs. It’s no surprise that we celebrate this fact considering we sold 45 tons of pre-owned and refurbished electronics in 2013! That’s the equivalent of 283,500 garbage trucks full of trash! Don’t forget that somebody’s trash is likely someone else’s treasure the next time you upgrade your smart phone or tablet. There’s someone else out there that will value it! Anytime you’re ready to upgrade check out Best Buy’s Trade In program for awesome savings towards your next purchase at Best Buy. And now for the goods! We’re giving away one Pre-Loved 32GB Samsung Galaxy Note in celebration of Earth Day. Simply click over to CowBoom’s Facebook Page and enter or Re-Tweet our Giveaway Tweet on Twitter! Remember, we all have a part in making our earth a place we’ll want to live and for our future generations. Let’s keep it clean. Happy Earth Day!

 

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What’s an Open Box, and what’s in it for me?

300x250_OpenBoxSaleLots of CowBoomers have noticed products labeled  “EXCLUSIVE BEST BUY OPEN BOX PRODUCT”  and are wondering what makes them special.  Here’s the scoop!

Open box means that the box has been opened, but the item inside is like new and in many cases barely used or not used at all. These items are generally customer returns from the recent holiday shopping season.   For the first time ever, CowBoom is offering these high-quality items directly to our customers, straight off the shelves of Best Buy.

Just like any item that is sold on CowBoom that isn’t factory-sealed brand new, we test these open box items for full functionality.  If they don’t pass the test, they don’t end up on CowBoom. These open box items are labeled ‘like new’ with a product grade of 9.

The CowBoom grading system:

10. Brand New Factory Sealed
9. Like New
8. Almost new, minor signs of use
7. Overall good condition
6. Some fine scratches or minor scuffs
5. Some scratches and/or signs of use
4. Significant scratches or scuffs

Saving the best for last – Open Box items are discounted up to 20% off new prices. These items are in limited quantity for a limited time.  If you’re unsatisfied for any reason, CowBoom will gladly accept the item back 15 days or less of the original delivery date. And don’t worry about the return shipping, we take care of that.

So tell us, have you purchased an Open Box item before – either in-stores or online? What was your experience?

 

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New Year, New Use: Upcycled Photo Contest

403x403-New-Year-New-UseRecycling is awesome but upcycling is even better! Instead of discarding outdated gadgets and household items (where they inevitably end up in landfills unless properly recycled) there are plenty of crafty and creative ways to extend their use. Its time to get creative, CowBoomers! Show us an item you upcycled or repurposed and you could win a Refurbished 16GB Apple iPad Mini! Please ensure that your photos don’t feature any brands or logos.

Enter here: http://shout.lt/n8bL

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Save the Date! CowBoom Holiday Twitter Party 2013

600xn-Twitter-PartyJoin the CowBoom team on Twitter Wednesday December 18, 2013 at 6 p.m. CT for a fun game of holiday and recycling trivia, tips and prizes! Up for grabs are the infamous CowBoom DealCows, CowBoom cash and a 16 GB Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet! You must follow @CowBoom on Twitter to participate and include #CowBoom in your Tweets. We look forward to seeing you there! Happy Holidays!

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Get to Know… PartStore.com!

600x200_PartStore_Blog-GraphicHere at CowBoom, we’re all about finding you great deals on electronics. In particular, our pre-owned items are an incredible value for the money. We test all of our pre-owned merchandise to ensure that its in good working condition, notated for any cosmetic flaws as well as what accessories are included. Oftentimes with pre-owned devices you will find that it may be missing the owner’s manual (which you can download online here) or a cable or battery. That’s where our friends from PartStore.com come in. They’re part of the Best Buy family and have over 4 million electronics and appliance parts in their online catalog. Plus, their Part Search Engine makes it easy to find just the item you are looking for. PartStore has Free Shipping offers and a 30 Day Return Policy. The next time you’re looking for a spare part, visit PartStore!

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Roaming DealCow on Campus Sweepstakes & Photo Contest

403x403-RDC-Campus-Sweepstakes-Announce-BACKThe Roaming DealCow Sweepstakes is now in session! This fall the CowBoom DealCow is headed back to school, and there’s where you come in! We’re giving away 1,000 DealCows a day starting today, August 5th at 12 p.m. CT through Friday, August 9th at 9:59 p.m. CT.  Simply visit CowBoom on Facebook and click through to our “Roaming DealCow on Campus Sweepstakes” application to sign up for a chance to win a DealCow to call your own. We’ll email you if you’re a winner!

403x403-RDC-Campus-Photo-Contest-PrizesOnce Your DealCow arrives, take it to school and let it roam! DealCows are very social creatures. Beginning 8/19 we’ll be launching the Roaming DealCow Photo Contest! Submit your best DealCow on Campus photo to our Photo Contest application on Facebook for a chance to win one of three Back to School Bundles including an Asus Touchscreen Laptop, 16GB Apple iPod Nano & a $100 Visa Gift Card! We look forward to seeing where your DealCows roam!

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Summertime Splash Giveaway

Summertime SplashSummer is here CowBoomers! It’s time for fun in the sun and new memories. We’ve partnered with our friends at BradsDeals.com to give away 5 Nikon Coolpix Cameras. These cameras are perfect for the season. They allow up to one hour of use underwater perfect for hot summer days by the pool or beach. Plus, they have tons of other great features including HD video, Face detection technology, In-camera Editing features and more! Simple like CowBoom on Facebook or RT our Giveaway Tweet on Twitter for your chance to win! The giveaway runs through July 24!

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The 8 Greatest Date Night Movies for Parents

TV remote controlAh, date night. That romantic time of the week when you wine and dine your girlfriend. The movies, the dancing, the clubs, the shows.

When you’re younger, every night is practically date night… even if you’re a cheap date. But as you get older and once you get married and have kids, that all changes.

Date Night turns into a monthly holiday… and that’s if you’re lucky. Between work, finding babysitters, kids getting sick, family commitments, etc., it’s next to impossible to find a night where you and your spouse are both free to go out.

So you improvise. And Date Night becomes a relaxing stay-at-home night that begins once the kids finally ship off to dreamland. Except men and women have different tastes in movies. From Expendables 2 to Magic Mike, it can be tough deciding on a film you’ll both agree on. Single moms on the other hand, won’t have such problems.

For all you married folks, however, this post is for you. What follows is a list of the 8 Greatest Movies for Parents to Watch on Date Night:

Date Night

It’s tough to go wrong with Tina Fey and Steve Carell. But this insane, over-the-top comedy about a married couple too busy to really notice each other takes a super wild turn when their regular date night at a restaurant downtown suddenly leads to a lethal, gun-toting, action-packed evening. Suddenly your date nights curled up on the couch with a movie sound pretty darn good, don’t they?

Say AnythingSay Anything

Sigh. Back in the ’80s, all you needed to impress a girl was a gigantic boom box and Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.” This is John Cusack at his finest in a film that mixes equal part romance and sensitivity with typical Cusack quirkiness. It also gave us the best movie quote of all time: “I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.”

The Notebook

This movie should seriously come with a box of Kleenex. I defy any guy to watch this with his wife without getting even a little choked up at the end. Women will swoon at Ryan Gosling in this romance to end all romances, while guys will be more than captivated by Rachel McAdams and a “root for the good guy to get the girl” storyline.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Chalk this one up to a guilty pleasure, but Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are just perfect together as a typical boring married couple… who both just happen to be super secret assassins. The fun really takes off when their alter-egos interact for the first time as they’re ordered to take each other down. It’s pretty safe to say, you’ve never had an argument with your spouse quite like this one.

The Proposal

I’m not a huge fan of Ryan Reynolds, but I’ll admit that he and Sandra Bullock play off each other beautifully. Bullock plays Ryan’s insanely aggressive and demeaning boss who it turns out is about to get deported. So she fakes an engagement with Ryan which just turns into one big crazy romantic comedy of a mess.

Can't Buy Me LoveCan’t Buy Me Love

Before he got his medical degree as McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey had to pay $1,000 to a popular cheerleader in high school so she’d date him for a month. After that, he assumes all the girls will be fighting over him. At least that’s the plot of this ’80s comedy which really takes a good hard look at whether or not you truly can buy love.

Princess Bride

You haven’t seen this classic yet? Inconceivable! I can’t think of a more perfect “chick flick for guys.” It’s full of princesses, romance and true love to keep the ladies happy, but it’s also full of laughs, action, sword-fights and even late WWE wrestler Andre the Giant, which is more than enough to keep the guys glued to their sets.

The Wedding Singer

Another blast from the past. This one’s pretty much a no-brainer. Guys will watch it for Adam Sandler, gals will watch it for Drew Barrymore, and both will watch it for the awesome retro soundtrack.

What movies do you watch on date night?

Photo credit: espensorvik on Flickr

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Celebrate Dads and Grads!

403x403-Dads-Grads-FacebookJoin us in celebrating Father’s Day and graduation season this June with a special Dads & Grads Giveaway. We’ve partnered with our friends at SlickDeals to give two Lucky CowBoomers a chance to each win a $250 Visa Gift Card. Simply Like CowBoom on Facebook or Follow CowBoom on Twitter and Re-Tweet our Dads & Grads Giveaway Tweet for your chance to win. While you’re at it, check out our top 5 dads and grads gift list, all at udderly affordable prices!

 

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