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Dollars for Dishwashers???

Friday, August 28th, 2009


“Cash for Appliances” is the latest Federal stimulus program. Similar to the “Cash for Clunkers” program, the government is hoping to stimulate the economy and help consumers save money in the long run with Energy Star appliances.

According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal (where Abt’s showroom was featured), each state will individually determine how much of a $50 to $200 rebate will be offered for specific energy-saving appliances.

Abt’s General Manager, Mark Cook, spoke with both ABC and NBC’s local news stations about the latest incentive program on August 26, 2009.

Abt is currently offering great deals on Energy Star Appliances, contact any Abt appliance specialist for details. Click Here

For more information on the new Federal Program, “Cash for Appliances,” Click here

Also, to read more on “Cash for Appliances” follow the link to the Wall Street Journal Article, Click here

 

-Kelly B.

Abt Presents DTV Info On ABC-TV

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Abt audio/video manager Marc Cook was featured on Chicago’s ABC-TV a few days ago, talking about the digital television (DTV) transition that goes into effect this Friday and discussing the things you need to do to make sure you’re prepared. After watching this video, be sure to check out the post below, which contains more details as well as information about our new Antennas Buying Guide.

by Graham W.

Take A Virtual Tour Of Abt

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Those of you who shop on our website may have wondered from time to time just what our store looks like in person. You’ve probably read things about our Atrium, our Apple Store, our Sony Store, the Time Watch Boutique, our huge saltwater aquarium, and other store attractions, but it’s hard to visualize what they actually look like unless you’ve been here.

Abt Virtual Tour

That’s why we’ve put together this Virtual Tour of Abt, which lets you wander around the store as if you were really here. You can click on areas of interest, zoom in for a closer look, and basically take in the whole Abt experience at your own pace. There are convenient navigation tools, a map, and instructions that tell you what the various arrows and other symbols do when you click on them, if you’re unsure. Just click on the photo above, and you’ll be on your way.

Our first virtual tour was posted on our site four years ago, but while looking at it recently, we noticed how much things had changed. So we decided to create this new one, which we hope you enjoy. We also hope to see you in person one of these days.    —by Graham W.

See Abt On WGN-TV News

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Abt audio/video manager Marc Cook made an appearance last night on national superstation WGN-TV, during the station’s nightly newscast. Marc talked about the digital television (DTV) transition, which is scheduled to take place on June 12, and discussed the things TV viewers need to be aware of if they’re not already prepared for the analog-signal shutoff. Here’s a video clip of Marc’s appearance:

A recent tracking poll by Nielsen Media Research found that nearly 3.5 million households in the U.S. remain unprepared for the DTV transition. The original analog shutoff date was February 17, but the federal government gave TV stations the option of waiting until June 12 because so many people still weren’t ready for the transition. Approximately 33 percent of U.S. television stations have shut off their analog signals and currently broadcast only in digital.

To see if you or someone you know needs to take steps to avoid losing your TV signals on June 12, click here to read our handy DTV Transition Guide. If you still need a DTV converter box, click here to see the selection available at Abt. To see our entire line of digital-ready TVs, click here.     —by Graham W.

Sony G3 Digital Camera: A Video Buying Guide

Friday, May 8th, 2009

The best part of taking photos and videos comes when you get to share them with all of your friends and family members. Sony’s new Cyber-Shot DSC-G3 Digital Camera makes that easier than ever with its built-in Wi-Fi, which lets you upload your images to all the popular sharing sites directly from your camera. To learn more, take a look at this video featuring Ken from Abt:

—by Graham W.

Abt Featured On NBC’s Weekend Web Show

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Our Apple Store manager, Josh Davis, was featured a few days ago on Chicago’s NBC Channel 5 Weekend Web program, talking to hosts Art Norman and Charlie Wojciechowski about Apple’s latest version of its iLife software. iLife ’09 includes new iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand features, with iPhoto now making it easier to organize your photos by events, places, and even faces by utilizing true facial recognition. If you’re looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift, iLife ’09 would be perfect for a Mom who’d like to get all of her kids’ photos organized so she can quickly find them and show them off. Here’s Josh to give you all the details:

by Graham W.

The New iPod Shuffle: A Video Buying Guide

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Have you heard about the new 4GB iPod Shuffle, with its sleek new design and VoiceOver feature? If not, you can read all about it in our recent posting (click here). Or you can watch this video featuring Angelina, who will save you the trouble of having to read. Or you could do both. But since the new Shuffle talks to you, listening to Angelina comes closer to the actual Shuffle experience. Enjoy.

by Graham W.

Abt Featured On WGN TV

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

In these tough economic times, people want to know that the stores they shop at not only will provide them with quality products at great prices, but that those stores are financially strong enough and stable enough to continue to provide the type of products and services customers have come to expect.

As a family owned and operated store that has been in business for more than 70 years, Abt has managed to weather the downturn in the economy and actually is sustaining, and in some cases surpassing, our sales figures from the previous year. This is due in large part to our loyal customers, who know they can always rely on Abt to provide the best service before, during, and after each purchase. Whether they need to return an item, make an exchange, or have a product serviced, it’s understood that Abt will be there to do everything we can to satisfy our customers.

To learn more, take a look at this video from WGN-TV, which features a report on Abt and the economy in general:

-by Graham W.

Samsung LED HDTVs: A Video Buying Guide

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Have you heard about the new Samsung LED TVs yet? Samsung is touting them as a whole new species of TV, which is a pretty accurate description. These sets offer exceptional contrast, enriched color expression, and other great features all wrapped up in an eco-friendly package that’s a mere 1.2 inches deep.

This video featuring Carl, an Abt sales specialist, will fill you in on all the details so you can get a better understanding of everything these TVs can deliver:

 

We are currently offering several sizes and styles of Samsung LED TVs at great sale prices. To see the full line of Samsung LED TVs available at Abt, click here. If you’d like to see our full selection of HDTVs from all the top manufacturers, click here.    —by Graham W.

Abt Video Buying Guide: Panasonic Toughbooks

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Some occupations and lifestyles require a laptop computer that can stand up to above-normal abuse, including heavy bumps and shakes, falling to the ground, and even liquid spilling on the keyboard. Panasonic has recognized the growing demand for more rugged devices and now produces a line of Toughbook notebook computers, which offer shock-mounted and removable hard drives, full magnesium alloy casings, and other great features.

To get a better idea of what these notebooks are capable of, watch this video featuring Ken from Abt, who puts the Toughbooks through their paces so you can get a better idea of their ruggedness and computing prowess:

Click here to see the full line of Panasonic Toughbooks available at Abt, and click here to see our entire selection of computers and computer accessories.   —by Graham W.