By Matt Ong
Fans of the Beats by Dre headphones who are looking for ways to share their tunes with others may be drawn to the latest offering from Dre, the Beats Pill. This small portable wireless speaker is a little pricey at $199.99, but its versatility might make up for the extra expense.
Why A Beats Pill?
The Beats Pill provides better sound quality than headphones and gives you the freedom to have your phone on the other side of the room from the speaker. Pairing, or synching your phone to the pill, is simple – just tap your phone to the Pill, and you’re ready to rock. It comes with a USB cord for charging and an audio cord for devices that aren’t Bluetooth capable, weighs less than a pound, and is just under 8 inches long and less than 2 inches across.
Keep in mind that the biggest negative reported by most reviewers, is that bass-heavy tracks sound distorted, especially when you max out the volume on your device and the speaker at the same time.
Getting the Best Price
So how can you get your hands on this hot little item without paying full price? The Pill is available at lots of retailers, but it’s not showing up on sale- anywhere. However, there’s no need to fret! NerdWallet’s been doing some checking around, and we’ve discovered some ShopHacks that’ll help you make your Pill purchase a bit easier to swallow.
Some ShopHacks require patience, because the savings aren’t instant, but if you don’t mind signing up for a credit card or registering for a shopping rewards website, you can stack offers and lower the speaker’s price significantly. So, without further ado, here are the best Beats Pill shophacks.
If you sign up for a Macy’s credit card, you’ll receive 20% off your purchases (it shows up on your statement as a credit) the day you open the account and the day after. You can receive an extra 6% in rewards if you then join Ebates.com and use this cash back website to go to Macys.com. Once everything is tallied, your Beats Pill costs you $147.96, which means you save $51.99.
When you sign up for a Walmart credit card, you receive a $25 statement credit if you spend $75 or more the day you sign up and/or the day after. For an additional 5% cash back, you can visit Walmart’s site through MrRebates.com. That brings the price down to $164.95, for a savings of $35. If you’re not interested in opening another credit card, you can just go to Walmart’s site through MrRebates.com, and get 5% cash back regardless. If you shop at Walmart.com using Discover.com, you can earn 5% cash back, which saves you $10.
MrRebates.com also has cash back offers for other retailers, including 8% cash back at Nordstrom.com. By going to Nordstrom.com via MrRebates.com, you can save $20 on the Beats Pill. By going to Macys.com and Nordstrom.com via ShopDiscover.com you can get 10% cash back, which brings the final price of the Pill to $179.99 (saves you $20). Another shopping rewards website that may appeal to younger shoppers is Upromise.com, which allows you to earn cash back towards college. If you go through Upromise.com to Nordstrom.com, you can earn 10% cash back which makes the Pill’s final price $179.99.
Yes, You Can
There are ways you can get a deal on the Pill, provided you’re willing to make a little extra effort. If the Pill is on one of your holiday gift lists, these shophacks will certainly help you get a better deal! Be sure to responsibly recycle or donate any gently used electronics after you purchase the latest Dre speakers.
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