Buy Monster Headphones, Get a $25 or $50 P.C. Richard & Son Gift Card!

From now until Wednesday, July 28, you can receive a $25 to $50 gift card with your Monster headphones purchase! This is a very limited time offer so if you were considering upgrading your headphones, now is a great time!

At the core of Monster’s headphone design philosophy is a passion for emotion-stirring music. Of course, everyone’s idea of musical perfection is different, but one thing is consistent: the deepest chills and biggest goose bumps come when it feels like the musicians are in the room with you. It’s because of this emotional response that that Monster strives to make the highest performance, most accurate headphones available. And they’re now at a discounted price!

$25 Mail-in Rebate

The $25 mail-in rebate is good for the following models:

Turbine High Performance In-Ear Speakers:

Beats by Dr. Dre Tour High Resolution In-Ear Headphones:

Hard Chrome Jamz High Performance In-Ear Headphones:

Black Chrome Lil’ Jamz Performance Headphones:

$50 Mail-in Rebate

The $50 mail-in rebate is good for the following models:

Beats by Dr. Dre Studio High-Definition Headphones:

“People aren’t hearing all the music. Artists and producers work hard in the studio perfecting their sound. But people can’t really hear it with normal headphones. Most headphones can’t handle the bass, the detail, the dynamics. Bottom line, the music doesn’t move you. With Beats, people are going to hear what the artists hear, and listen to the music the way they should: the way I do.” – Dr. Dre

These rebates are only available until 7/28, so order now!


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HP Back to School Bundle Giveaway: Enter to Win an HP Entertainment Notebook Computer and Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones!

While choosing the pattern on your dorm’s bedspread or the posters on your wall may be an important task when packing up for school, remember that it’s your computer that will help you get the grades you’re striving for. Your machine will be up late with you, helping you power through your latest research paper or programming project until the wee hours of the morning.

But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your computer, either! That’s why we’ve teamed up with HP to give away an HP Pavilion AMD Turion II 17.3″ entertainment notebook computer with Beats Audio and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. It’s a perfect balance of work and play for school!

What We’re Giving Away

One back to school bundle, consisting of:

About the HP Pavilion AMD Turion II 17.3″ Entertainment Notebook Computer with Beats Audio

You’ll be able to get your homework done quickly with this computer’s 2.3 GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, and Windows 7 operating system. When you go to class, take the machine with you and enjoy the long battery life! You’ll be able to boot up quickly before class starts with the integrated fingerprint reader and HP SimplePass Identity Management software to give you a quick, easy and secure way to access your favorite websites with a single swipe.

When you’re ready to relax, pop in a Blu-Ray disc and immerse yourself in the 17.3″ HP BrightView LED display. You can also video chat with your family at home, play a game, or surf the web with ease. The computer’s 320GB hard drive has tons of space to hold all of your photos, movies and music.

Speaking of music, the most impressive feature of this computer is the sound quality. Beats Audio delivers studio-quality playback through line-out to headphones and external speakers. You’ll notice the difference when your tunes are being played through the Altec Lansing speakers and built-in HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer, or Beats by Dr. Dre headphones with ControlTalk by Monster Cable, which are also included in the giveaway.

For the full specs list of this machine, check out our product page for the Hewlett Packard Pavilion AMD Turion II 17.3″ Entertainment Notebook Computer with Beats Audio.

About Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones by Monster Cable

Hear what you’ve been missing. Beats Tour high-resolution in-ear headphones reveal the full sound of today’s digital music, including sonically demanding hip-hop, rock, and R&B that crush ordinary earbuds. Beats Tour delivers sound so big, you’ll think you have speakers in your ears. Exclusive Monster technologies reproduce clear natural vocals, detailed highs, and deep powerful bass without distortion. For more on the Monster Cable Beats by Dr. Dre heaphones, click here.

How to Enter

You have several ways to enter to win this great HP back to school bundle. You can enter using each of the methods below:

  1. 1 entry: Leave a comment on this post about why you love HP and/or P.C. Richard & Son.
  2. 1 entry: Like us on Facebook and leave a comment on this post saying you’ve done so with your full name so that we can match it.
  3. 1 entry per day: Follow us on Twitter and tweet the following message:@pcrichardandson I entered to win your great HP back to school bundle! . Make sure you comment back on this post with a link to the tweet.
  4. 1 entry: If you have a blog of your own, post about this contest with a link back to this page. Comment on this post with a link to your post.
  5. 1 entry: Subscribe to the P.C. Richard & Son e-mail list here, then comment on this post telling us you subscribed.

Please leave 1 comment per entry and put your full name and e-mail address in the appropriate fields. For example, if I was John Smith, my email was, and I entered by liking us on Facebook and subscribing to the e-mail list, I would leave two separate comments like this:

Name: John Smith
Comment: I liked you on Facebook! Facebook name is Jonathan Smith.

Name: John Smith
Comment: I subscribed to your emails! E-mail address is above.

This contest will run from July 19, 2010 to August 31, 2010. The winner will be selected by random drawing and will be contacted by email. For the complete rules, please click here. This contest is open to legal residents of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut who are 18 years of age or older.

Good luck! Note: All comments MUST be approved by an administrator before they will appear, so if you don’t see your comments right away, don’t panic!

EDIT: This giveaway is now closed. We will be determining and contacting the winner soon and will post an update on this blog once the winner has been chosen. Stay tuned!


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Cyber Clean: a Fun and Addictive Way to Clean!

Have you seen Cyber Clean on TV or online yet? If not, it’s worth checking out. We have a few here in the office that we use regularly to clean our keyboards, phones, computers, cell phones, and pretty much anything else we can find to see just how much dirt and dust it picks up!

Cyber Clean is a soft, malleable substance that fits into all the nooks and crannies of any surface. As you press the substance onto your items, it takes on the shape of those nooks and extracts any dirt, dust or filth in its path. As you remove Cyber Clean, it captures the grime within the substance.

As their website states, “Tests around the world have proven that keyboards have a higher level of harmful dirt than public toilets and often store tremendous amounts of waste (such as hair, dead skin, food and dust)! A dirty and often contaminated keyboard, the remains of toner in the printer and other dirty objects can harm your health and seriously compromise the performance of your electronic devices. Cyber Clean is the solution!”

To see how it works, check out this video we put together:

You need to try Cyber Clean at least once. Use it, and you’ll be hooked! I guarantee that you’ll be looking for the dustiest product in your home or office to see just how much it picks up. You can order Cyber Clean in a tub for larger products or a bag for smaller ones from P.C. Richard & Son. They also make great gifts!


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Save Trees and Get Your Read On with a Sony Reader

More and more people are starting to adopt downloading digital books for a greener and more portable reading experience. Sony Readers are one of the leading electronics for reading digital books, periodicals and documents. They use E-Ink screen technology for a paper-like display that’s viewable in direct sunlight, which makes them great for vacations. They require no power to maintain a static image, so you can read the same page for hours without sucking any battery life. They’re convenient with Sony’s iTunes-like Sony Connect e-store, and can display PDFs, ePubs, personal documents, and more. Hundreds of thousands of free public domain books are available from Google Books, and libraries are also beginning to carry digital copies of books.

Sounds great, right? Why carry a heavy book around when you can slip a Sony Reader with 300 books right in your pocket? But with three different types available from P.C. Richard & Son, which one is the best for you? We’re breaking down each version for you so you know exactly which one will suit your needs.

PRS300 Pocket Reader Edition

This model is the ultimate in portability. With its 5 inch screen and slim 7 ounce weight, it fits into any pocket, bag, or jacket. It holds approximately 350 e-books on its 512MB internal memory, so it should take you a while to read through all of your downloads. Its battery life long outlasts an iPod or iPhone; you can enjoy up to two straight weeks of reading (or 7,500 continuous page turns) on a single battery charge. How many of those 350 books can you read in that time?

We’re currently offering free shipping on the Sony Reader Pocket Edition.

PRS600 Touch Edition

The Touch Edition of the Sony Reader has a 6 inch touch screen and adds functionality not found on the ultra-portable Pocket Edition. The touch screen allows for highlighting, page zooming, and note taking both freehand with the stylus or using the touchscreen keyboard. There is also a built-in dictionary to help you through those tougher words (like sycophant). There are great similarities to the Pocket Edition as well, however: the battery life and internal memory are the same and still give you the same enjoyable 2-week reading experience on a single charge.

We’re currently offering free shipping on the Touch Edition.

PRS900 Daily Reader Edition

The convenience of this model is what really makes the Daily Reader stand out. It’s called “Daily Reader” for a reason; its free wireless 3G access allows you to browse, purchase or download any book, periodical, document, blog, or RSS feed anywhere, anytime. No need to connect with your computer to manage your books! Plus, it just about triples the storage capacity of the Pocket or Touch editions with 1.6GB of memory. It has the same advanced features of the Touch edition, including a built-in dictionary, bookmarking, highlighting, touch screen keyboard or freehand note taking with the stylus, and page zoom. Two new advanced feature of this model are the 2-page layout view and periodical navigation functions. The Daily Edition is the premier digital reader for The Wall Street Journal, allowing the added freedom of subscribing to exclusive content and daily updates.

We’re currently offering free shipping on the Daily Reader Edition.

Which Sony Reader will you be getting? Do you already have one? Let us know how you like it in the comments!


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Pre-order Your Black Nintendo Wii Today, Have it Shipped Monday

The swanky new Nintendo Wii in black is now available for pre-order! If you place your order this weekend, the console will be shipped to you on Monday. This is a great item for those who aim to color-coordinate with their other media devices, don’t already have a coveted Wii console, or simply like the way it looks better. Wii controllers and nunchucks in black have already been on the market, so don’t worry about matching accessories! This offer is online only until the end of the month.

The Nintendo Wii is the most affordable console on the market and prides itself on its family-oriented games. All new Wii packages (for both black and white consoles) will now come with one Wii Remote controller, one Nunchuck controller and Wii Sports as the previous bundle did, but Nintendo has added Wii Sports Resort and the Wii MotionPlus controller accessory as well. Wii MotionPlus enhances the accuracy of the motion-sensing technology to make gameplay even more entertaining.

So what’s new in Wii Sports Resort? This title gets you 12 new games, including swordplay, wakeboarding, frisbee, archery, basketball, table tennis, golf, bowling, power cruising, canoeing, cycling and air sports. All sports are 4-player friendly and usually only require one controller between them, so you can have a ton of fun without buying any additional accessories. However, canoeing requires a controller for each player, so check here for Wii accessories.

Now’s your time to jump on the Wii bandwagon and have the slickest console on your block. Make sure to order yours today, because they may not last long!


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Summer Gadgets from P.C. Richard & Son and Toni On! New York

Have you seen Toni On! New York on WPIX yet? If not, you should check it out. Hosted by Toni Senecal, this show takes you all over New York and dishes on the city’s best-kept secrets, tips, and places to go.

Earlier this month, she and her team covered summer gadgets at our store on 23rd Street. Brett Larson covered some great portable products we have available both in-store and at, including:

Flip Video UltraHD
“Don’t miss a moment of your time outside with the Flip Cam! These inexpensive cameras capture the moment with the push of a button and save from 1 to 2 hours of video. And, they slip right into your pocket when you don’t need them, so it can always be with you.”

Acer Ruby Red Netbook
(Previously covered on our blog as a hot deal) “This netbook will also come in handy for staying connected when you’re on the go. Netbooks sell for under $500, and, like this one from Acer, have Wi-Fi on board so you can connect to the internet while you’re away. Maybe do a little office work from outside the office, or just check your e-mails and surf the web.

(Also previously covered on our blog) “With FLO TV, you’ll be able to catch your favorite television shows wherever you go. The pint-sized devices tune into new digital frequencies and let you watch everything from news to entertainment shows. They come with 6 months of service included.”

“The latest PSP Go is smaller and just as fun. Games come on mini-sized discs that easily slip into your purse, pocket or backpack, and there’s hundreds of titles to choose from. Just be sure you pack plenty of battery power just in case your game goes long.”

Bose SoundDock Series II Digital Music System
“Take your tunes to go and let them sound their best with the Bose speaker to go. Just pop in your iPod or mp3 player and rock out.”

Monster Cable Lady Gaga Heartbeats High Performance In-Ear Headphones
“You don’t have to let the world hear your music with these Lady Gaga headphones. Yes, the Grammy Award-winning Lady Gaga. They’re the same headphones she wore in the video for her song Telephone.”

Monster Cable Dr. Dre Headphones
“If Lady Gaga headphones really aren’t your thing, check out the Beats by Dr. Dre. Drop it like it’s hot, Toni!”

Here’s the clip from the show:

You can catch Toni On! New York on WPIX Saturdays at 6PM.


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Happy Earth Day! P.C. Richard & Son Green Initiatives and How You Can Help

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is a celebration of environmental protection and inspires awareness to our planet’s health every April 22. Did you know that P.C. Richard & Son promotes recycling, energy-saving appliances and green initiatives all year round? Here are a few ways we help protect the environment and some suggestions on great green products for your home.

What We Do
We here at P.C. Richard & Son deal with a lot of plastic, cardboard and Styrofoam with product packaging. We break down all cardboard boxes that hold all orders we receive and separate it from any plastic and Styrofoam that is also included in the packaging. The plastic and Styrofoam is collected and cardboard grouped into bails to be sent to a recycling plant where it is reused and repurposed. Our Deer Park Clearance Center alone sees four to five hundred boxes ever week and a half or so, so that’s tens of thousands of pounds of cardboard, plastic and Styrofoam recycled every year from our 65 locations.

In addition to hauling away all of our packaging material to recycling plants, we often offer free haul aways of your old appliances when you purchase new ones. Haul-awayed appliances are always recycled and are never brought to a landfill. Freon and other harmful substances are disposed of in OSHCA-complaint ways.

We recycle on a much smaller scale, too. Our break rooms have recycling receptacles that are clearly marked for things like aluminum cans and plastic bottles. We also have recycling bins for white paper in our corporate office headquarters.

How You Can Help
Energy Star products are a cost-effective and convenient way to reduce energy use and promote environmental protection. Energy Star is a government-backed program and has also been adopted in countries like Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the European Union. We carry many Energy Star-approved appliances and electronics that are worth looking into for your own green initiatives. We offer:

  • Energy Star Refrigerators: Energy Star-qualified refrigerators require about half as much energy s models manufactured before 1993.
  • Energy Star Washers and Dryers: Energy Star washers can save you $550 in operating costs over a regular clothes washer. Less energy and water use means less air pollution from power plants and less water going to waste.
  • Energy Star Air Conditioners: If every room AC sold in the US were Energy Star qualified, it would prevent 1.3 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions- the equivalent emissions of 115,000 cars.
  • Energy Star Dishwashers: Energy Star-qualified dishwashers use at least 41% less energy than the federal minimum standard for energy consumption and can save you more than $30 a year in utility costs.
  • Energy Star HDTVs: There are 275 million TVs currently in use in the US, consuming over 50 billion kilowatts of energy each year, That’s 4% of all household’s electricity use! This is enough electricity to power all the homes in New York State for an entire year. Energy Star-qualified TVs use about 30% less energy than standard units.
  • And more! Check out our Energy Star Products page.

These products will pay for themselves over time with the minimal energy they use, and Mother Nature will be protected! This Earth Day, please look into planet-protecting green initiatives and consider Energy Star products. For more information on Earth Day, visit the Earth Day Network website.

Do you have good Earth Day tips? Let us know in the comments!


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FLO TV: Personal Television on the Go

Do you commute, have small children that need a distraction on long trips or at the grocery store, or need a new device for the gym? Have you heard about FLO TV, the personal, portable TV?

This sleek digital handheld device lets you view TV on the go with a 3.5 inch touchscreen and easy-to-use program guide. With integrated speakers and a built-in adjustable stand its easy to put on the counter while you’re making dinner, on the vanity while you’re getting ready, or at your desk while you’re working. It includes a unique variety of live, simulcast, and time-shifted programming on channels that include ABC Mobile, Adult Swim Channel, CBS Mobile, CNBC, COMEDY CENTRAL, The Disney Channel, ESPN, FOX Mobile, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, MTV, NBC 2Go, and Nickelodeon that stream via a dedicated nationwide network. Note, though, that because this is a nationwide service that you will not be able to view local TV affiliates. To view all of the channels supported by FLO TV Personal Television, click here and select “FLO TV Personal Television” from the View by Product drop down menu.

You’ll be impressed by the instant channel changing, ease of the touch screen, and the 5 hours of battery life while watching media compared to the hour or so you would experience on a mobile phone. It’s also about the same size as a regular smartphone, so it won’t take up too much space in your bag.

FLO TV currently has 6 months of free TV access, so check coverage in your area and try it today!


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