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December 07, 2012

(DEAD) Rokinon 14mm f2.5 (Canon) for $300 [updated]

This 4-hour lightning special on the Rokinon 14mm f2.5 SLR lens ended/expired... For future specials, check the Amazon Camera & Photo Lightning Deals and the always busy Camera Deals blog...

Speaking of time-sensitive matters, the Acer Chromebook C710-2847 (2012 model) is in-stock at Tigerdirect for $200 with free shipping (limit 2 per customer). Read the reviews if you are not familiar with this. The $250 Samsung Chromebook (2012 model) has better reviews but is harder to find.

Expired items after the break....

UPDATE (3:42pm ET): The Rokinon 14mm f2.5 SLR lens in Canon only is offered at the Amazon Camera & Photo Lightning Deals for $300 with free shipping. The Nikon is done, toast, sold-out, dead as a doornail. The Canon flavor continues until 5:30pm ET (or earlier if sold-out)... Once 100% Claimed, you can Join the Wait List. See Tips below... You can research the lens at its product page, but you must buy it through the Lightning Deals in order to get the $300 price.

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If an item gets to 100% Claimed very quickly, do not lose hope yet. If you are going to be near your computer, join the Waiting List immediately. People have only 15 minutes to complete the purchase or they lose the discount. When people don't buy the items, the opportunity goes to the people at the top of the Waiting List. They too have 15 minutes to purchase, or the special will go to the next person in the Waiting List. This can go on for up to the full four hours that most lightning deals specials go for.

For some items, the Waiting List fills up as well. You still have a chance to get it, but lower. First you have to wait for the Waiting List to have an open slot, join the Waiting List, and then hope that enough people ahead of you decide to pass on the item, or give up on the Waiting List. Hope is completely lost when all available units are sold or the listing closes, whichever happens first.

The above strategery often works best for items that are not mass-market and are not priced at insanely low prices. For example - hypothetical - if the special is a brand new super laptop for 99 cents, you can bet that 99.9% of the people who claim it will buy it. On the other end of the spectrum, if the special is a secondary component of a professional studio lightning system, the chances of getting it are much higher, since most people probably don't even know what they are looking at.

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