[Dead] Awesome: Google Home for $16.99

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Update: This deal is dead. The New York Times modified the deal terms to require full payment for an annual subscription (terms were different at the time of posting). Congrats to those who got in before the change.

A Slickdeals user has reported an awesome promotion that will not last. This is an act first and ask questions later deal. The New York Times is running a promo whereby you can subscribe to digital access for $16.99/mo (cancelable anytime) and receive a code for a free Google Home (normally $129). The code for the free Google Home arrives within minutes — in the last twenty minutes, I’ve subscribed, received my code, and ordered my free Google Home.

Update: Someone created a key generator and apparently has stolen some of the key codes for a free Google Home. If you get an error that your key code has already been used, you may have to call the New York Times to cancel and get a refund and/or file a chargeback. I used my code without issue, but I suggest using it immediately if you go after this deal.

The Deal

  • Buy an All Access or Home Delivery subscription to the New York Times and get a free google Home
  • Subscriptions start at $16.99/mo, cancel at any time
  • Direct link to this deal Update: Deal is now dead (requires a full payment for annual subscription)

Quick Info

Run, don’t walk. Choose All-Access or Home Delivery + All Access as shown below:

As you can see, it clearly says that the subscription will be billed once every 30 days Update: They modified this and it now says it is billed as one year up front..

You’ll see confirmation of the deal as you’re checking out:

At the bottom of the promotion page, you can see in the frequently asked questions that cancellation is possible at any time according to the Frequently Asked Questions on this deal.

While a few Slickdeals users have reported being charged for a full year, I was only charged $16.99, just as it says on my order confirmation page at the New York Times website, of which I took a screen shot. Also note that it says you’ll receive a code for Google Home within 3-5 days. It came within 3-5 minutes.

Here’s my pending charge for $16.99:

Within minutes, I received the email from the New York Times with my code for a free Google Home. Note that the expiration on the code is next March — so even if Google runs out of stock today, your code should be good for six months:

Note also that the Google website is getting hammered. It may initially show that the Google Home is unavailable. Keep refreshing. It may give an error on your cart. Keep refreshing. It may loop when you hit checkout. Keep hitting checkout. It eventually worked. You’ll see the buy button to add it to your cart:

And then you’ll have a heck of a time getting to your cart and checking out, but it should eventually work. Don’t forget to add your promo code:

Bottom line

Whether you intend to keep it, gift it, or sell it, this is a terrific deal. If you end up loving your digital subscription to the New York Times, great. If not, cancel after a month and enjoy your Google Home.

 

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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bob
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seems like this is a 12 month commitment…

bob
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. CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

2.1. Cancellation and Refunds of Digital Subscriptions
Digital products sold as part of a promotion, subject to an annual commitment or as an add-on to your home delivery subscription, such as Times Insider, may have different cancellation or refund policies that will be made clear at the time of purchase.

2.2. Cancellation During Promotional Periods

Certain promotions may not permit cancellation during the promotional period. You agree to the cancellation and refund terms stated at the time of purchase.

And on the checkout screen:
Some friendly reminders:
Your payment method will be charged $17.97 per month for the first 12 months.

SK
Guest

google home is sold out 🙁

Dave
Guest

Seems like NYT may have modified their terms after word of this deal spread.

Mike
Guest

I decided to jump on it — Got code via e-mail. However, clicking checkout in cart (promotion applied message at the bottom) just reverts back to the cart, over and over, tried via incognito and another browser. Anyone able to actually checkout in the past 10 minutes?

Matt
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Same here. I once got a message that they were sold out. I think that is the problem

Mike
Guest

I guess it’s good i used a pre-paid with $20 on it for now, lol… Will try again in a little bit :-\

drew
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Try everything, chrome, IE, firefox, safari, incognito mode… what ended up working for me was checking out on my mobile phone. Even then it took several attempts.

HawaiiDreaming
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well – I did the deal a little while ago, but can’t get the google home ordered. Every time I click “Check out”, it just refreshes the screen. It said it was out of stock, but then it showed back up. I will likely try again tomorrow. I might just call the NY times and try to cancel the whole thing. Anyone else having problems?

Mw
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The site is just having issues – can’t even guest checkout without a code

flyboy
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YOUR ORDER
All Access + Google Home
Unlimited access to all NYTimes.com content, The New York Times Crossword, NYT Cooking, one shareable bonus subscription, and one Google Store redemption code for a Google Home on us.
$16.99

Sales tax may apply.
Total$26.99 $16.99
Some friendly reminders:
Your payment method will be charged $16.99 per month for the first 12 months.
It will then be charged $26.99 per month thereafter, starting on September 29, 2018.
Your subscription will continue until you cancel.

Matt of Canada
Guest

Success! It took a few tries to buy the Google Home (it kept saying sold out or wouldn’t work), but eventually went through. I took screenshots on NYT: clearly says you can cancel at any time, which will stop only future charges. Nothing about an annual subscription when I got it (15 minutes ago), it just says the price goes up in 12 months.

Chris
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Would you mind posting an image of the screenshot? Thanks.

Santiago
Guest

I just picked one up under the Monthly Subscription which I plan on killing off in under 30 days to only pay the $16.99 but now I see the deal is dead because only Annual Subscriptions are working to get the Google Home.

Rita
Guest

I tried to follow this deal but the Google Home freebie is only available with the annual payment option. It specifically says on the website that the Google Home product is only available for the annual payment option. When I hover the mouse over the Monthly Payment option, it locks out the Google Home product and displays the message “Only Available with Annual”. I just tried it now (3:43pm EST).

Lantean
Guest

I think they just changed it… no more mothly

Nick
Guest

Yup, it’s deader than a doornail 🙁 Hovering over “or pay month-to-month” brings up a popup over the Google Home device that says “Only available with annual.”

Serves me right for not checking SD for a few hours, lol!

altadoc
Guest

was able to just get in on this. monthly rate of 16.99 and can cancel at anytime….

code came through within 5 minutes. took 5-10 minutes to check out but was able to make it work.

thanks for sending this out!

Lorenzo
Guest

When’s everyone planning on cancelling? Figure it wouldn’t be a good look to do it today. Will wait until I actually get the unit before cancelling

murali
Guest

Code comes up as used! What do I do?

Morgis
Guest

I got in quick on the $16.99 deal, receiving confirmation of my NY Times order at 3:15pm (Eastern). They sent the email to order from Google in just a few minutes, and it took me until 4:26pm to Checkout at Google. Success.

Nick
Guest

I got in before the change, wasn’t able to add one in the cart so decided to wait a bit. Checked back just a little bit ago (5pm Pacific Time) and the Home’s are sold out and I’ve been added to a waitlist. My issue is that when looking back at my email from NYTimes, the code has been removed! Even the link to redeeming the code has been removed! Am I out of luck or will I ever get a google home??

HawaiiDreaming
Guest

Same here. I copied my code out and stored it just in case this happened. If you actually clicked the link in the email, you can browse your web history and find the code at the end of the URL.

Nick
Guest

Awesome advice, crazy that people are still able to checkout at this time. Called Google about the waitlist and they literally said, “don’t hold your breath” lol. I’ll update when I get an email saying they’re stocked again and am finally able to checkout. Thanks HawaiiDreaming!

Norman
Guest

I got in on the $16.99 deal early, just after 3pm. Hours later, a few minutes ago, in my email from the NYTimes, the link LOOKED LIKE it had been removed, having changed from a “Redeem” box to just a square green box. But I clicked on it, and it led me to Google Store, and I was able to Buy the item and check out successfully.

Mike
Guest

They had no security in their links, the so called ‘stolen’ codes were merely people changing the end of the fetch image URL embedded in the e-mail HTML. They figured it out, after many hours, and finally stopped the link from working — as far as how you’ll get your code, a new code, or what to do from here, sorry I’m unsure.

Bad coding on their part…. I could easily see multiple codes, and could have abused it, if I wanted to have Google made at me, Nope. Lol.

BJJ
Guest

I got in on this while the terms were still monthly for $16.99, but I did not get it ordered before it went OOS. Now it is back in stock, but I do not see my promo code in the email. The “Order Details” section seems to be a blank (white?) clickable link that takes me to the product page, or I can click on the green rectangle under “How to redeem your code”. But I do not see a code anywhere, and when I click through it is not auto-populated. Did this somehow get shut down after the fact by NYT, or does this mean my code was compromised?

mike t
Guest

same here. May contact NYT today unless someone knows an easier solution.

David
Guest

Received the back in-stock email. Clicked through my original confirmation email that had code but is now blank. Clicked the blank green box that took me to Google store. Clicked buy item. Automatically gave me the $129.99 discount. Received confirmation from Google store and will let me know when order ships. Will wait to receive item before cancelling NYT subscription. Worked for me.

Gaspipe
Guest

So I was able to get the deal for the $16.99, and received the Google Home yesterday.

What’s the procedure in regards to canceling? Any penalties that I should be aware of?

Thanks…

drew
Guest

I got my google home a few weeks ago and canceled today. I will update if my credit card is billed more than one month.

BJJ
Guest

I never got the code to work so I contacted NYT asking for a refund and cancelation. They gave me the cancelation but not a refund. I have disputed the transaction with the credit card, still waiting to hear their response.

Kaushik
Guest

I was able to get the original deal but my promo code didn’t work and it said already used by someone. Upon contacting NYT several times they keep on saying they are working on it and never sent me the new code as yet. anybody else having the same issue??