Here at MainStreet, we have a love-hate relationship with robots. We love it when they clean our houses and babysit our children, but we hate thinking about the unavoidable day when they perceive a threat to their existence and attempt to wipe out humanity. Fortunately, today’s deal falls into the former category (we hope).
The robotics company iRobot – which has about as much to do with the Isaac Asimov novel as the Will Smith movie it was adapted into – makes a variety of robots, including one for bomb disposal, and another that’s being used to analyze the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Its greatest contribution to society, though, is surely the Roomba, a cute little autonomous robot vacuum cleaner.
iRobot followed up on the Roomba’s success with the Scooba, a robotic floor washer that replaces your mop and bucket; like the Roomba it will clean your floor with no human direction, and is able to avoid both carpets and obstacles. Today the Deal-a-Day site Yugster.com is offering an early Scooba model, the 330, at a hefty discount of 50% off the retail price of $399.99. At $189.97, is this a must-have deal?
The first thing you should know is that nobody is selling the 330 for the original retail price of $399.99 anymore, so while it’s technically a 50% discount, it’s not blowing the competition out of the water. Indeed, iRobot is selling a “remanufactured” version of the model for $199.99 on their own site (they seem to be phasing out the 330 in favor of newer models).