Indies on Netflix
Netflix (NFLX: 62.2, 0.35, 0.57%) made a deal with some major independent film distributors, such asKino Lorber and Music Box Films, to expand its streaming library online with 300 new titles. A Netflix membership that costs $8.99 per month gives you unlimited access to movies and television shows streamed online. Check it out at Netflix.com.
Gift Cards for Gadgets
Looking to get rid of an old computer or cell phone? If you go the recycling route, some companies will give you cash or gift cards in exchange for used gadgets.
YouRenew.com will give you cash for some items, and offers free shipping for all electronics you want to recycle or renew. That's right, "renew": The company will put your old camera or phone to use via retailers or wholesalers. And if the device can't be renewed or repaired, it will be recycled. You also get to choose where YouRenew.com makes its donations with every transaction, to carbonfund.org for energy conservation oramericanforests.org to plant a tree.
At GreenEarthExchange.com, you can send in your old computer monitor or external hard drive in exchange for free recycling or an Amazon.com gift card, depending on the value of the device. Just type in the make and model on the Web site, find out how much it's worth, and ship it to GreenEarthExchange.com for free.
Best Buy has a recycling program for pretty much anything that plugs in, from laptops to cell phones. There's a two-item per-day limit, and they'll charge you $10 for items such as monitors and laptops in exchange for a $10 Best Buy Gift Card. Some Best Buy Stores have a recycling kiosk, perfect for dropping off printer cartridges and batteries. Visit bestbuy.com for more.
Blues at Best Buy
Speaking of Best Buy (BBY: 37.17, -0.09, -0.24%), they've got the deal for you if you're in the market for a new big screen before Super Bowl Sunday. Best Buy is offering free Samsung Blu-ray players with a purchase of select Samsung TVs. The deal involves LED-LCD HDTVs with screens of 40 inches or more. Choose yours at bestbuy.com.
Hotels.com is offering Valentine's Day deals on trips throughout the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada. You can save up to 30% now through February 14th on travel between February 11th and 15th. Several resorts in Palm Springs, CA, including the Riviera and Hyatt Grand Champions, are offering discounts viaPalmSpringsHotDeals.com. And Omni Hotels and Resorts has special getaway packages for couples now through December 30th. Check out omnihotels.com.
The latest from Sony's (SNE: 34.7, -0.72, -2.03%) VAIO E Series is brighter than ever before. The collection is offering a variety of colors and patterns you can mix and match, from vibrant exteriors to a range of keyboard skins, starting at $799. See the latest at sonystyle.com.
By Ann Hynek foxbusiness