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#114: Best in Showroom | August 2009



We hope that you and your family and friends are enjoying the dog days of summer. The term “Dog Days” is often used to describe the hot and humid days that occur between July and early September, and from what Wikipedia told me, this expression has existed since the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

“Dog Days” have a special significance to the many of us at Small Dog Electronics who are dog owners and who take advantage of these warm days to spend quality time outside with our best friends. It is peak frisbee playing and river swimming season across the Green Mountain State—just ask my Australian Cattle Dog Waylon.

Likewise, this also signifies the end of summer and the back to school season. We refer to this time as “Mac To School,” as August is one of our busiest months of Mac sales. In some exciting news, on Saturday August 22, the State of Vermont will be participating in a Tax Holiday where items valued at less than $2,000 will be tax exempt! This year, the Tax Free Holiday coincides with the heart of the Mac to School season and we feel that this will be a perfect opportunity to optimize your purchasing dollars.

We’ve been busy preparing some great deals for you to get yourself or someone you know ready to head to school in September. We will also be open extended hours on Saturday the 22nd and have a full staff to available to assist you in any way.

Our Mac to School specials are available to anyone (whether you’re a student or not), so read more below and stop in to check them out!


It's That Time of Year...
By Emily Dolloff, Assistant Manager, Waitsfield

No, not that time of year. Parents are rejoicing and kids are frowning because Mac to School season is here!

We are kicking off August with loads of great specials to get you and your student ready for the coming school year. Notebooks are a must-have for most students, and one of the best deals out there is on our closeout aluminum MacBooks. Check it out as our Product of the Month (right)!

Writing, writing, writing. For all those papers students will be writing, we have Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition on sale for $129.99.

Need a printer to print all those papers? We have an all in one printer from HP that is just $30 after a mail-in rebate when you buy a new Mac.

Protect that new laptop! We have a great new line of Hammerhead notebook sleeves in, a Small Dog exclusive. They are made from reversible neoprene and offer great protection without adding bulk to an already overflowing school bag!

Back up, back up, back up. Failed hard drives are some of the worst stories we hear during the school year from frantic parents and students as these disasters can come at the worst time for students. Small Dog has you covered with back up solutions starting at just $79.99.

Browse our specials online at, stop by our stores or call our sales team!

iHome iH9 iPod Alarm Clock Review
By Jim Overman, Waitsfield Sales Associate

I wanted to get an iPod Docking Station for our kitchen and I have been really pleased with the iHome iH8 that we have in the bedroom, so I decided to give the new iHome iH9 a shot.

There are a couple of upgrades on the iH9 that are worth mentioning. First, it comes with a remote that can be used to control both the iH9 as well as the iPod that is docked. There is also a way to program the snooze button for different lengths of time if the standard nine minutes is not enough.

By far though, I think the coolest feature that iHome has added to the new unit is what they call 7-5-2. This allows you to set up the alarm to go off either at the same time every day, just on weekdays or just the weekends. Also, the iH9 has a battery back up, so if you lose power there is no need to worry about re-setting the clock and alarm.

After checking out all of the new features, I think I will end up putting the iH9 in the bedroom and moving the iH8 down to the kitchen. We’re currently running a special on the iH9 for $79.99, which is $10.00 off the regular list price.

Stop by either the Waitsfield or South Burlington showroom to hear how great the iH9 sounds!

The Importance of Surge Protection
By Matt Klein

We saw more severe thunderstorms over the weekend, and each storm brings a surge of power-related repairs into the shop. Instead of the oh-so-2001 modem replacements, we’re seeing more and more failed AirPort Base Stations and Time Capsules.

My own AirPort was fried, in addition to my television, cordless phone, DSL modem, and much of the home theatre, despite everything being on good quality surge protectors. (I’m not saying you shouldn’t have surge protection, because I have neighbors who’ve had damage in the past where I haven’t.)

This type of damage is not covered by AppleCare, or any manufacturer’s warranty for that matter. Do yourself a favor and get everything on a good quality surge protector and make sure your insurance covers this type of event. I am a fan of Fellowes 8 Outlets Surge Suppressor, though you can view everything we offer here. (click on either “Surge Suppression” or “Batteries & UPS Backups” to view what you need!)

I’m still waiting to hear back about my claim, but I’m sure everything will be resolved one way or another.

Contest Mania: July Winners + A New Chance To Win!
By Katie Wilhite, S. Burlington Manager

We had some awesome contests going in the month of July, and we just wanted to take a minute and congratulate our winners!

Higher Ground Les Claypool Contest

  • Grand prize/1GB iPod shuffle winner: Jake J.

Nothing But NOODLES Contest

  • 1st prize/8GB iPod nano winner is Stephanie W.
  • 2nd prize/$50 Nothing But NOODLES gift card goes to Mia A.
  • 3rd prize/$15 iTunes gift card goes to Kris O.

Thanks for all of your submissions, and if you didn’t win this time, we have a new contest going on: we’re pairing up with Healthy Living to bring you some other great prizes.

Just pop over to our S. Burlington Retail Store or Healthy Living on Dorset Street during the month of August to enter to win a 1GB iPod shuffle from Small Dog or a $100 gift card from Healthy Living!


Product of the Month: August 2009

Closeout Aluminum MacBook!

MacBook 2.0GHz 2GB/160/SD/AP/BT

Save up to $300 on this original unibody aluminum MacBook with closeout pricing!

Only $1099.99!

Mac to School Essentials Bundle

School is coming!

We’ve created a Mac to School Essentials Bundle for MacBook + MacBook Pro 13in that will put everything you need together in one package AND save you money (over $50, to be exact)!

Bundle includes: iWork ’09, 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan, Surge Protector, Ethernet Patch Cable, 2GB Flash Drive, and Hammerhead MacBook Sleeve.

View it here; come on in to buy!

August Class Schedule

Each class is taught by an Apple Product Professional and features take-home materials.

Mac Basics Level Two:
Sunday, August 9, 2009 5:15pm to 6:45

Absolute Mac Basics:
Sunday, August 16, 2009 5:15pm to 6:45

Absolute Mac Basics:
Sunday, August 30, 2009 5:15pm to 6:45

For a detailed description of our classes, find out more here.

HP OfficeJet J4580 Review

By Brian Shippee, Waitsfield Sales Associate

This multifunction printer does it all: it prints (color & B&W), scans (up to 1200 dpi), copies and faxes, all for $29.99 after mail-in rebate.

The HP OfficeJet J4580 prints up to 28 pages per minute in B&W up to 600 × 600 dpi, and 22 pages per minute in color at 4800 × 1200 dpi, and will even print lab-quality borderless photos up to 8.5” x 11”.

One of the best features is that the refill ink cartridges aren’t even crazy expensive (which means that you’re saving money over the life of the printer).

View color cartridge. (360 pages)
View black cartridge. (200 pages) 
View XL cartridge.

Perfect all-in-one for a dorm room!

To redeem the $70 mail-in rebate, simply purchase the HP OfficeJet J4580 along with a new Mac between now and September 26, 2009.

Check out all the bells and whistles here, and come in to see us!

August Specials

Mac to School 2009
Student or not, you can take advantage of these specials (with the exception of select Adobe Academic titles).

View ALL Mac to School 2009 Specials here!


Parallels Desktop for Mac 4.0:
Small Dog is donating $10 to the VT Food Bank for every copy sold!

4GB iPod nano – Silver (3G)

Chill Pill mobile speakers in Red, Silver or Black