Throwback Holiday Twitter Party

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The holidays are all about making memories! Join the @CowBoom crew on Twitter on December 23, 2014 at 4 p.m. CT for a fun game of Throwback Tech Trivia. We’ll be reminiscing about all the tech of holidays past and giving away fun prizes including DealCows, Best Buy Gift Cards & an Apple iPad Air! No need to RSVP! Simply follow @CowBoom on Twitter and use #CowBoom to join the conversation. We look forward to partying with you! Happy Holidays!

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CowBoom Jack-o’-Lantern #JackoBoomContest

DealCow Says… Boo! In celebration of Halloween CowBoom is hosting a jack-o’-lantern contest! Put your pumpkin carving skills to use and you could win a $75, $175 or $250 Best Buy® Gift Card!

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Share your original jack-o’-lantern creation including  the special hashtag #JackoBoomContest on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram starting today October 3, 2014 through October 30, 2014 at 2 p.m. CDT. Entries to the #JackoBoomContest will be judged on originality/creativity (50%), overall appeal (30%) and level of difficulty (20%). Three winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

In addition to the judging criteria above, follow these submission requirements to ensure your photo will be eligible to win:

  • Don’t submit someone else’s photo from the web (we’ll be checking!). Photo must be your own original work.
  • Don’t include the names, trademarks, logos or slogans or images of any 3rd parties (companies, movies, cartoon characters, etc.)
  • Meet all photo requirements provided in the Official Rules.

We look forward to seeing what creations our CowBoomers come up with! Happy Halloween!

 

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What Cable do I Need?

When purchasing a pre-owned device you may find yourself in a situation where you’ll need a cable to connect. With all of the devices on the market, it can get pretty confusing as to what will work for your item. Check out this quick guide to find out what type of cable you need to get connected and enjoy your like-new gadget.

HDMI_HDMI – All  HDTV’s have an HDMI or High-Definition Multimedia Interface connection. This port gives you the ability to enjoy the highest quality connection available. Keep in mind that if you’re trying to connect your HDTV and laptop you will likely need an adapter to complete the process as many laptops do not have an HDMI port. Instead, they have connect via a DVI port.

DISPLAY_DISPLAY PORT/HDMI – This adapter delivers 1080p from your laptop to your HDTV. This port was originally developed by Apple but now also comes on various PC laptops.

 

 

DVID_HDMI_DVI-D to HDMI –  Connect HDMI enabled home theater components such as your Apple TV, DVD player/recoder, HD cable/satellite box and gaming console to the DVI port of your AV receiver or HDTV. It can also connect your DVI-enabled components to the HDMI port of your AV receiver or HDTV. You will need a separate audio cable unless you get the DVI-I to HDMI which supports both audio and video.

 

DVI_VGA_DVI to VGA – This adapter is typically used to connect an older computer monitor with  a PC. It is also commonly used to connect projectors as well as to set up dual monitors.

 

 

OPT_DIGITAL OPTICAL CABLE – When an  HDMI connection isn’t available, an optical cable is a good alternative. Almost all HDTV’s have an optical jack to send Dolby Digital audio to your receiver. Optical jacks are also found on CD Players, cable/satellite boxes, DVD players and home theater receivers.

 

S_VID_S-VIDEO CABLE – The separate video cable transmits the black and white coloring signals separately to achieve better image quality. These cables can connect to many devices including TV’s, camcorders, computers and DVD recorders. Keep in mind you will need a separate audio cable if you want sound.

 

Click here to shop for incredibly great deals on cables and adapters. Please leave any questions in the comments below!

 

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#HappyDealCow Sweepstakes

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DealCow Says… Don’t Worry, Be Happy! This fall we’re celebrating what makes you happy. DealCow style! Snap a pic of your CowBoom DealCow doing what makes you happy. Hanging with friends, riding roller coasters, afternoon tea. Whatever it is that makes YOU happy!

The CowBoom DealCows have roamed far and wide. You may have received one in your recent CowBoom order, or perhaps you won a DealCow from one of our previous giveaways. If not, you can download our Digital DealCow here.

Enter the CowBoom #HappyDealCow Sweepstakes through September 30, 2014 for a chance to win 1 of 3 $150 Best Buy Gift Cards. Submit a photo of  “What Makes You Happy” including your DealCow in the photo and a caption with the hashtag #HappyDealCow. To enter through Instagram or Twitter upload your photo, tag us at @CowBoom and use the same hashtag. We look forward to seeing your photos!

Click here to read the official rules.

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Summertime Sweepstakes 2014

403x403-AnnounceSummer is finally here! Nothing beats some R&R on a beautiful summer day. Except maybe enjoying it with some awesome new gadgets! We’ve partnered with our friends from SlickDeals to give one lucky CowBoomer a summertime prize pack! Enter to win a 16GB iPod Nano 5th Gen Mp3 Player, Beats by Dre Headphones, an Amazon Kindle and Nikon CoolPix Camera by liking CowBoom on Facebook and filling out the registration form and/or following @CowBoom on Twitter and Retweeting our Sweepstakes tweet. It’s that simple! We’ll announce the winner on or about 8/1.

Click here to read the official rules.

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Save the Date! Earth Day Twitter Party 2014

Twitter-Party-EarthDayDealCow Says… Save the Date! In celebration of Earth Day we’re hosting a special Twitter Party! We’ll be playing a fun game of eco trivia. Plus we’ll have earth friendly tips and of course an array of fabulous prizes! The grand prize trivia winner will receive a 16GB Amazon Kindle Fire HD! We’ll also have other fun items up for grabs including DealCows and CowBoom Cash! Simply follow @CowBoom on Twitter and join us at 4 p.m. CT on 4/22 and be ready to party!

Click here to read the Official Rules.

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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.

Your feedback is important to us. Please let us know if you have any questions we can help answer.

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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

Click here to read the official rules.

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