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Deal Extreme - Twenty CR2016 lithium batteries for less than $0.17 each, shipped.

Posted By: ninkasi, posted 2010/03/05 13:43
It's been a while since anyone has mentioned one of my favourite online shops - dealextreme. Everything is in $USD, but the price *includes* shipping. The quality can vary a little - there's a fair bit of replica stuff for sale (eg "iFones"), but most things are at the level of quality of stuff you'd fine at, say, the Reject Shop. Sometimes really good, some things rubbish, but usually perfectly fine.

If you see something that is branded with a known name, probably best to assume that it's either a fake or it's a second in some way and then decide if you want to buy it. I'd also avoid things that might hurt if they fail eg I wouldn't buy a memory card from them as I'd hate to lose photos if the card turned out to be faulty.

Anyhow, as an example I recently bought twenty CR2016 batteries for USD$2.98 (AUD$3.31). So under AUD$0.17 per battery. These are used in things like watches, torches, calculators, remote controls (car, credit card size devices) and cost $4.19 for one battery at Dick Smith. So 20 batteries delivered to my home for less than the price of one that I'd have to find time to go into a bricks & mortar store (or pay even more to have it shipped).

Other recent purchase have been:

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.751 20*CR2032 batteries for USD$3.62. These are similar to the 2016 but about twice as thick and used in calculators, remotes (garage, tv, etc), toys, lights - all sorts of things and cost $4.19 for one battery @ dse. So $USD0.18 per battery or just under AUD$0.20 per battery at current exchange rates.

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.60 $4.65 50*AG13 LR44. These are used in toys, night lights, torches, remotes, talking books - if you have young kids, you probably go through a lot of these and they cost $4.19 for a twin pack @ dse. Again, around twenty batteries for the price of one.

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.24512 $2.99 USB to Serial Port adapter. Handy for the kit if you are a computer geek and/or have any older electronic kit (eg a weather station) that requires a serial interface and your computer only has USB ports. They cost $79.94 @ dse.

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.4256 $4.92 480p Component AV cable for Wii. If you have a Wii and have used the included cable to hook it up to the tv, if your tv supports component in then get one of these as you can improve the visual quality of games. It's not a huge difference and can vary depending on the game (the Wii is not an xbox 360 or PS3] but it is noticeable. A similar cable costs $49.76 at dse.

Yes you can get some of these things cheaper at places other than dse - I've just used that as an example. And yes the DX prices I've quoted are $USD and the dse prices are $AUD but I would note that in general you would be hard pressed to get cheaper (or even as cheap) for most of these, plus also the convenience of having the stuff shipped to your door is hard to beat. Shipping can take a while, in particular if they hold up shipping waiting for stock to arrive, but other than that I've been very happy with virtually everything I've got from them. Some people on the DX forums have complained about some failed batteries, but all the ones I've got from them have been well wrapped and worked just fine.

The savings on the batteries alone have easily paid for any other stuff I may have bought from dx, but I have a personal limit of generally not buying anything that costs more than $10 as I figure it's the cost of a magazine or two that I'd read and throw away.... so what the hey.

To that end though, there are lots of weird and wonderful things on the site - frankly I could spend hours going through it. Some stuff makes for wonderful cheap presents, or simply impulse buys for yourself. Try to pass up the solar cockroach (http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.32431) or locust (http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.30658) or how about a "drinky bird" (http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.29233)?
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  • frogduck2010/03/05 22:17:01
    hmm, just be wary with these batteries. They are really cheap, but you should test them all before you put them in things to see if they actually carry charge :) quite often 1 or 2 come dead. In saying that, its still a good deal and i've purchased batteries similar to these before :D
  • ninkasi2010/03/05 22:55:32
    frogduck
    hmm, just be wary with these batteries. They are really cheap, but you should test them all before you put them in things to see if they actually carry charge :) quite often 1 or 2 come dead. In saying that, its still a good deal and i've purchased batteries similar to these before :D


    Agreed about not assuming they'll all work, and that I've probably been lucky I haven't had any failures, but I figure even if there's a 50% failure rate, I'm still getting ten batteries for the price of one.... :D
  • wheadle2010/03/05 23:40:49
    I have paid a lot more for batteries and had some dead ones. Excellent price.
    Have ordered a number of things from Deal Extreme and have been reasonably happy with my purchases when they arrived. I find the shippings time a bit long. Then the shipping is free. I know a lot of people go for the cheap condoms on DE. Not for me :D Not the thing to get on the cheap IMHO :D
  • wfdTamar2010/03/06 08:53:41
    I'm all for a bargain, but that might be going too far - and not the way to impress a new prospect, "Oh yes, I get these in bulk from a dodgy $2 store in the US - 100 for $5. What could go wrong darlin'" :-)
  • frogduck2010/03/06 11:47:27
    The store is in hong kong I think :) but I do think its a genuine bargain
  • hayythere2010/03/06 13:23:59
    I brought a pack of these batteries from deals extreme a month or so ago. Postage was a little long, but I was not in a hurry and it was free.

    I use the batteries in a wireless weather station I have. Seem to work okay, they have not died yet. For the price it's a good deal.
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  • ninkasi2010/03/06 16:08:31
    frogduck
    The store is in hong kong I think :) but I do think its a genuine bargain


    Yeah - depending on how popular the items are, I don't think they have a huge amount of stock but rather have the suppliers ship them the items as required. This also means that they will sometimes hold shipping your order because they're waiting for some of the items in your order (if you have ordered different things at the same time).

    In general I find shipping not too bad - a week or less - once they have actually left the warehouse. If you want something quickly, best hint is to just order it by itself.... they will do a partial shipment eventually, but I've found it seems to average about three weeks or so for a normal order with a handful of different items.
  • ninkasi2010/03/06 16:43:05
    wfdTamar
    I'm all for a bargain, but that might be going too far - and not the way to impress a new prospect, "Oh yes, I get these in bulk from a dodgy $2 store in the US - 100 for $5. What could go wrong darlin'" :-)


    Nice one. Maybe then they could bring out the Fantasy "Microwavy Egg" or Elephant underwear to really impress. Still, even if there is an issue with the condoms (probably could have worded that better), they have something to help - yes, DX stocks pregnancy tester kits. 10 pack for USD$1.78

    Frankly most of the stuff in the "Naughty Gadgets" section either worries me (in the you bought it where? stakes) or simply kinda creeps me out (in the you bought what? stakes) or probably both..... :D
  • port2010/03/07 23:39:20
    frogduck
    They are really cheap, but you should test them all before you put them in things to see if they actually carry charge :) quite often 1 or 2 come dead.


    I've seen comments like this a number of times, so you're not the only one with such an experience.

    The 10pk batteries (e.g. GP) have been good IME.

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