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Archive for June, 2011

Shopping With Your Smartphone

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

When it comes to a unique way of shopping, an interesting trend has been growing.  Consumers using their smart phones to look for stores, best prices and online purchases has been steadily increasing the last several years.  Already, 25 of the 30 top online retailers have iPhone apps, even though less than 15 percent of online consumers report having used their mobile phones to buy something.

Research company Forrester Research states that mobile shopping, which was at $3 billion in 2010, will explode to $31 billion by 2016.  A main concern for consumers right now, is safety with online purchases, but that will soon fade as consumers become more comfortable and technology continues to advance.

Don’t forget, if you are ever in a pinch for a great gift from Abt, we have our own mobile site to make your shopping easier than ever.

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Nikon Shows Off Concept Cameras

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Image courtesy of ubergizmodo.com

In France this week, manufacturer Nikon showed off some interesting prototype cameras.  As you can see from the above images, they are definitely not found in any stores.  The camera on the left is designed like a traditional DSLR camera, but Nikon combined a handy cam with a DSLR lens, which allows for an LCD screen, camera lens and a grip.

The second design is what Nikon calls the “multi ball”, which is a camera that is spherical in shape, which seems to be used for 360 panoramic photography.  Nikon describes it, “multi-views that can capture the atmosphere of a scene.”  It will be interesting to see if these particular cameras hit the market some day.

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Enjoy the Summer Outdoors

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

One of the greatest things about summer is the warm weather and the pleasures of sitting outside soaking in rays or enjoying an evening under the stars.  Make each trip outdoors even more memorable by adding your favorite soundtrack to your activities.  Here at Abt, we have a great deal on outdoor speakers.

Choose your favorite color, size and design to perfect outdoor experience.  Shop our full line of outdoor speakers.

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Scavenger Hunt Blog Post Winner

Monday, June 27th, 2011

I am quite happy that the blog for our scavenger hunt was such a great story.  Thank you to all who took the time and commented on it.  The winner for the $100 gift card is, Scott S!  Congratulations!!

The Grand Prize Winner for the Scavenger Hunt will be posted today, June 27th at 5:01 CST.  There’s still time to unscramble that word and enter it into the official Scavenger Hunt Contest Form.  Good Luck!!

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Samsung Starts Streaming 3D Content

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Consumers with a Samsung 3D TV can now watch a limited amount of 3D content for free.  All it requires is an Internet connection. Once users log into their TV’s “Internet TV” menu, they can download an application called Explore 3D. The app, which has so far been a very limited test with just a couple movie trailers, is now loaded with TV shows and a lot more trailers.

The new release of streaming 3D content from Samsung can go hand-in-hand with Samsung’s current promotion at Abt, where you can purchase a Samsung 3D Bundle Package that includes, a TV,  Blu-Ray player, and a 3D Starter kit.

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Abt Delivers A Special Surprise

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Approximately two months ago, a customer and his daughter approached me with a request.  His other daughter was serving in the Peace Corps in Ukraine and was planning to come to Chicago on June 22nd.  Coincidently, his wife’s birthday was the same week.  He asked if we could deliver his daughter in a refrigerator box as a surprise for his wife.  I told him that we would.  His daughter and son picked up their sister at the airport and brought her to Abt.  We then took her in a truck to the house, and snuck her into a refrigerator box.  We went to the door and announced that we had a delivery, to which her mom stated that she hadn’t ordered anything.  Her father stated that he bought her mom something for her birthday as a surprise.  He also  said that she should check out the unit before we brought it in, as he wanted to make sure she liked it before we went through the trouble of bringing it in.  They walked up to the truck, we opened the box and the girl exclaimed “Happy Birthday Mom!”  ran out and hugged her mom.

It was really emotional, in a great way.  A neighbor was hiding in their bushes catching it all on a camcorder and this video can be seen in the YouTube link, “Ellen’s Surprise“.  While we were all in the street a neighbor drove up and asked what was going on and the mom said “Abt just delivered my daughter from Ukraine to Deerfield”

-Randy Goldman-Abt Store Manager

*For The Scavenger Hunt, today’s secret letter is, “M”.  Comment on the blog below and one lucky winner will be chosen to win $100 Abt gift Card.  Winner will be announced on Monday, June 27th at 9:00 am CST.*

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Keep the Power with a Generator

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

The Chicagoland area was hit hard with a bad storm earlier this week and many households realized the importance of a generator.  I was one of them.  After having the power out for just shy of 24 hours, our generator saved all the food in our fridge, kept our sump pump working and even charged our cell phones to allow us to keep in contact with family and friends.

Abt has a great selection of generators from all sizes.  When the storm hits, make sure you are prepared.  Shop our line of Generators from Abt.

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Scavenge for A Great Deal!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The Abt Scavenger Hunt is in full swing!  Right now, until June 24th you can follow the directions at our Abt Scavenger Hunt and be given a new letter every day, hidden amongst our web pages. At the end of it all, unscramble the word on June 24th, post it and on the Abt Scavenger Hunt page and on June 27th, five random winners will be chosen to win a $500 Abt Gift card.  Friend us on Abt’s Facebook page to get started.  And a little hint for today…check out out Twitter page.  Good Luck!

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A Deal That’s Out of This World

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Right now, when you purchase select Samsung TV’s, you get a Samsung Blu-ray player, model BDD5500 and a Megamind Starter Kit for free.  The kit includes Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third Blu-ray 3D discs remastered in 3D. Two pairs Samsung 3D Active Glasses, and mail-in coupns for Shrek Forever After Blu-ray 3D disc and a Megamind Blu-ray 3D disc.

For a full list of eligible TV’s shop the Samsung Starter Kit Bundles.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Abt would like to wish all the father’s out there a happy, relaxing father’s day!!

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