Daily deal – Magellan Roadmate 1200 GPS unit for under $50 (after rebate)

Brand name GPS devices do not get any cheaper than this – my daily deal for today is for a $50 Magellan 1200 GPS unit.

The product is on sale for $69.99, but currently comes with a $20 mail in rebate, bringing the final price to a penny shy of $50.

The Magellan 1200 is a very basic unit – but despite the low price, you still get all the important features. Pre-loaded on the device are 1.3 million points of interest. The Magellan 1200 comes with a windshield mount and a car charger cord.

There is of course one bit of fine print involved in this deal – the unit is factory refurbished. This means it was once returned to Magellan for any number of reasons, but was returned to its “as new” condition.

According to recent reports, customers who purchase a Magellan unit, but receive it with old(er) maps, are usually eligible for a free map update after calling Magellan.

You’ll find the Magellan 1200 at Amazon.com, where you’ll also find the rebate form required to get your $20 back. Since the product is over $25, you are even eligible for free “super saver shipping”.

Daily deal – refurbished Magellan Maestro 3100 GPS unit $79.99 after rebate

My daily deal of the day for today is the Magellan Maestro 3100 GPS unit. Despite the insanely low price, this is actually a good solid device with pretty decent reviews.

You get 750,000 points of interest stored in the unit, maps of North America, turn by turn spoken directions and 3D maps. The Maestro 3100 has a 3.5″ anti-glare display and automatically adjusts for night or day colors.

Included in the box is the unit itself, a windshield mount, car charger cord, USB data cable and an adhesive disk (for mounting the unit on your dashboard).

To get the low price, you need to submit a $20 rebate, and be aware that you are purchasing a refurbished unit. Refurbished means that it was once sent back to Magellan, where it was returned to its “as new” condition. You still get the full 12 months manufacturers warranty, so there is very little risk involved.

The refurbished Magellan 3100 is $99.99 “out the door”, and shipping is free. To purchase this unit, head on over to Radioshack.com or Amazon.com. The rebate is valid on purchases made until August 31st.

Crucifixion in the Philippines: Tourists Welcome

As the only officially Catholic country in Asia, the Philippines, thanks to Father Pedro de Valderama who arrived with Spanish explorer Magellan in the early 1500s, is gearing up for Easter. And there are few places on Earth where religious fervor is matched in such graphic shows of penitence and resolve to do better. Although there are calmer, more sedate versions of the Good Friday celebratory happenings, the most extreme are the Penitencia where people mirror Jesus’ suffering by being nailed to a cross. Others dress up like Roman soldiers. Really. There’s a bit more to it than this, and no one actually dies, but it sure isn’t pleasant. The government and the Catholic Church both frown on the practice, but those who are involved are determined.

Tourists do show up. If you’re interested, here’s a link that lists some of these Good Friday events. I also found this interesting read by Larry Kingston in the online travel magazine The Tangent-Ezine. Kingston was an eyewitness to last year’s event. Besides providing an account of the happenings and his impressions, his article is filled with photographs. The photo here is of people waiting for the crucifixion to take place. These crosses are part of the scenery.