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Archive for December, 2015

Abt Goes to the Consumer Electronics Show!

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Follow us all next week as we head to the Consumer Electronics Show to find out what 2016’s hottest electronics will be.


January brings one of the most exciting weeks of the year for tech-heads everywhere, as Las Vegas plays host to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). CES 2016 is the premiere exhibition for the consumer electronics and appliance industries, a chance for both the Who’s Who of technology and small startups to show off their latest wares to retailers, distributors and tech journalists from around the world.

We’ll have a team in Vegas on Monday, and all week long they’ll be roaming the showroom floor to find the most interesting upcoming tech items that may someday end up on our shelves. Over the course of the week, we’ll be putting up tons of videos, photos and blog posts to give you the inside scoop on the coolest things at CES 2016. You can find all our videos at the Abt Electronics YouTube Page or right here at Abt’s CES 2016 Coverage page. And we’d love to hear what you want to see! Please comment on any of our YouTube videos with what you’d like us to try and cover, and we’ll do our best to get video of it. Plus, be sure to watch all of our videos so you can spot the Dancing Josh Hologram. Every video you find him in gives you a chance to win a $100 Abt Gift Card. Click through for more details:

abt ces 2016 contest

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Holiday Returns and Cleanup

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Sometimes, the most hectic part of holiday shopping is the time right after all the gifts have been given. That’s when the TVs that were too large, the headphones that were the wrong color, the coffee makers that were duplicate gifts, and the myriad other unwanted gifts get returned or exchanged for more appropriate replacements. If you gave or received a gift from Abt that just wasn’t right, click the link for more info on Abt’s return policy.

Another hassle many of us are probably dealing with is an excess of cardboard and styrofoam packing materials strewn about the house. A common suggestion is to not put packaging from valuable electronics (like a new LED TV or computer) into your trash, because it can tip off would-be burglars to the presence of valuable items in your home. If possible, cut the boxes into smaller pieces and hide them within your recycling bin, or turn them inside-out so they don’t show off your new toys. Another option is to drop off your cardboard and foam packaging at a recycling center. This search tool at Earth911 will help you find the nearest spot to get all kinds of waste recycled, including the old TV or computer that were just replaced for Christmas.

Local customer are also welcome to drop off packaging materials at the Abt Recycling Center. We’ll gladly take it off your hands and make sure it gets recycled in an environmentally-friendly manner. If you have limits on the amount of garbage you can throw out per week or you live in a municipality that doesn’t recycle styrofoam, dropping it off at our recycling center is a great option to get it out of the house and keep it from ending up in a landfill.

If you have any concerns regarding exchanging or returning an item or dropping things off at the Abt Recycling Center, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to help!


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New Year’s Sale at Abt

Monday, December 28th, 2015


The year is coming to an end and we want you to start off the new year the right way. Start off the new year with a win by taking advantage of our limited-time savings on fitness equipment during our New Year’s Sale at Abt! Save up to 25% on select fitness equipment like treadmills, ellipticals, home gyms and fitness accessories. With just a couple of fitness products from Abt, you can make 2016 your best year and work out in the comfort of your own personalized gym without the membership fees and the crowds. Click on the New Year’s Sale Banner above for more information.

 Wait there’s more! During  our New Year’s Sale, we have a special offer that is too good to turn down. When you purchase a Pro-Form Pro 2000 Treadmill, you will receive an iFit Ebony Fitness Tracker for free! Not only are you are staying active with your new treadmill, but you can keep track of your results with your new fitness tracker. Now that’s a big win!  Click the banner below for more details on this special offer.


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Merry Christmas, From Everyone at Abt

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Working at an electronics and appliances retailer means beginning preparations for Christmas some time back in August or September. And yet, every year, the holiday still seems to sneak up on us! It’s hard to believe that 2015 is nearly over and that Christmas is already here. We wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and  send a big “thank you” to all who chose Abt for their holiday shopping needs. We’ll be closed for Christmas Day, but will be open at our normal time (9 a.m.) on Saturday morning.


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Give a Gift Card From Abt!

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

It’s not too late to give your loved ones a gift card! Sneak in one of our Abt gift cards in their stocking this holiday season. Abt gift cards can be redeemable for anything in the store. TVs, appliances, laptops, and even sunglasses! Our gift cards are perfect for anyone on your list, they can come into our store and use the gift card or shop on and purchase anything they’d like. You can send out a gift card through mail or email your loved one an E-gift card. Click on the banner below to send your love out today!


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Simply Delicious Holiday Appetizers

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

The holidays are just around the corner and we know the best part about the holidays is the food! Cooking a fabulous dinner can be stressful, and it’s definitely time consuming. The biggest worry about the dinner is the guest arriving while you’re still cooking!  As long as there’s appetizers, it’s alright, no need to rush. Your guests could munch on these delicious appetizers while they wait. We want your holiday dinner to be a success, so not only do we have a huge selection of gourmet cooking essentials to help you out, but we’ll also gave you some delicious recipes to try!


Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus


The combination of two simple ingredients makes this appetizer so delicious, prosciutto and asparagus! This app may look fancy but it is definitely easy to make!

  • You will need 6 slices of prosciutto, 12 asparagus spears, and butter or nonstick spray.

When you are prepping your asparagus, wash the spears and slice off about ½ in. on the bottom of each asparagus. Then, take your slices of prosciutto, and cut each of them in halves-lengthwise, resulting with 12 strips in total.On a cutting board, place each asparagus spear on top of the meat. The tip of the spear should be lined with the bottom part of the meat. Take the bottom end of the meat and wrap over the spear and start rolling up. Since the asparagus is on a angle, most of the asparagus should be covered by the meat.
After each spear is wrapped, heat up a frying pan with butter or nonstick spray. Fry each spear for 1-2 on each side or until the prosciutto is browned and crispy. You can also do this in batches if your pan in large enough.


Caprese Bites


A twist to a caprese salad in bite size form! This appetizer is easy to make and it cuts down on your dishwashing load. It’s a flavorful and healthy, all in one bite!

  • You will need little skewers, fresh mozzarella cheese, cherry or grape tomatoes, fresh basil leave, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Make sure to rinse all of your fresh produce, the grape tomatoes and basil leaves. Cut the mozzarella cheese into small squares or cut them in half if they are cheese balls. Then take a little skewer and begin to build your caprese bite. Start with the tomato, basil leaf and then the mozzarella.  Repeat for each skewer. Take a serving platter, and drizzle balsamic vinegar over the platter. After, place each skewer on top of the drizzle.


Salmon Carpaccio


Carpaccio is a dish known for thinly sliced fish or meat for presentation. Salmon carpaccio is thinly sliced and served raw. This recipe is light, refreshing, and healthy, making it a perfect appetizer for your guest. The preparation for this dish is short and there is no baking or cooking required!

  • You will need ½ lb fresh salmon filet, with the bones taken out, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, capers (drained), sea salt, and pepper.

First, take your salmon filet and wrap it with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Putting the filet in the freezer will make it easier to slice the salmon into thinner slices. In the meantime, you can prepare the dressing while you wait. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, and capers.
After 15 minutes has passed, remove the salmon from the freezer and thinly slice the salmon filet. The best knife to use for slicing fish is a boning knife. Boning knives last long and they ensure precise cuts while cutting through meat, poultry and fish. Once the filet has been sliced, place all slices in a single layer on top of a serving platter. Then, drizzle the dressing on top of the salmon slices, and then finish off the app with sprinkles of sea salt and pepper.

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Picture Perfect Gifts from Abt

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Even though Christmas is just 4 days away, there’s still time to get great gifts for your loved ones. Here at Abt, we have tons of products that would be perfect for anyone on your list. Make someone happy this year and stuff their stocking with a GoPro Hero HD Camera. The GoPro Hero HD Camera would be a great gift, it takes amazing videos with 1080p30 and 720p60 video and Auto Low Light.  Also its compact so you can pack it, take it on the go or even wear it on your head. Capture every breath taking moment with the GoPro Hero HD Camera. You can also keep it simple and give them the Canon PowerShot SX610 digital camera. Not only does the Canon PowerShot SX610 take incredible pictures with its 18x Optical Zoom but it also has awesome features like built in Wi-Fi, and multiple modes to capture the perfect picture.

Click the banner below for a selection of great products to give this holiday season!


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Win a Wine Tool Set by Picnic Time!

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

In our ever-expanding quest to add new products that our customers will love, Abt recently started carrying an assortment of kitchen tools by Picnic Time. Last week, we opened this wine tool set to take some photos and videos, so now we have a product that’s not really used but not technically brand new. We can’t sell it, so we thought “Let’s give it away to a lucky customer!” This wine tool set, which retails for $55.95, includes everything you need to open, serve and preserve your favorite bottle of vino: A foil cutter, a very nifty lever-style cork puller, a drip ring, a pourer, a pair of stoppers, and a wine thermometer; it all fits into a sleek black storage box.


To enter, all you’ll need to do is head to the Abt Facebook Page and answer a trio of wine-related trivia questions. All winning entries will be put into a pool and the winner of the wine set will be picked at random. That’s all there is to it! Good luck and if you’re having trouble with the answers, just remember: in vino veritas!



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One Week Left in the WGN Holiday Toy Drive!

Monday, December 14th, 2015

One of our favorite things about this time of year is the opportunity to team up with WGN Morning News on their annual Holiday Toy Drive. It’s a chance to bring some joy to those less fortunate, and every year hundreds of customers bring in toys that will end up in the hands of children across the Chicagoland area. This morning, WGN’s Ana Belaval stopped by to film a quick segment reminding viewers about the Toy Drive, and while she was here we showed off a few fun stocking stuffer ideas.

If you’d like to donate, simply bring a new, unwrapped toy to Abt anytime this week. We will be accepting donations until Sunday, December 20th, and everyone who donates will get a $20 Abt Gift Card in return. Can’t make it out to Glenview to donate? Click the link for WGN’s other drop-off locations.

Here are a few photos from last year’s Toy Drive:

WGN Toy Drive with WGN Reporters

WGN Toy Drive 5

WGN Toy Drive 4

WGN Toy Drive 2

WGN Toy Drive Jennifer Hudson

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Specialty Gourmet Gadgets and More From Abt!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015


The best part about stocking stuffers is how you can customize each gift. Each person on your list have a unique personality of their own, so why not let that shine with their stocking stuffer. The ideas for customizing stocking stuffers are endless, you can mix up the little gifts in different colors, shapes and sizes. Everyone will love their stocking stuffers, because its represents them. Make someone smile and check out our Holiday Gift Guide and our Stuff Your Stockings page!



These stocking stuffers would be great for anyone in the family! You can give it to the gourmet cook in your family, the mixologist, or your Mom and Dad! These gifts are the best because you can use them everyday and you can simply store them away. The Tovolo Sphere Ice Mold are perfect for keeping your cocktail or any other beverage cold. These ice molds last much longer than regular ice cubes. Also, it comes with 2 molds!  The Picnic Time Chablis Wine Tool Set is also great a great gift for their next dinner party, you can use it to pop that bottle of wine open. This wine tool set includes a bottle stopper, a drip ring and a pourer. Don’t worry about the wrapping because it comes in a beautiful leather box. Test out the gourmet cook’s culinary skills with the Wusthof 3-Piece Pairing Knife Set. This pairing knife set is great for precise peeling, dicing,  and mincing. These are great stocking stuffers for everyone. Careful, you might get yourself a gift too!

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