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Extended Holiday Hours!

It’s that time of year again… Thanksgiving and Christmas are in the air which means that super savings are in the air as well! And to make sure that you can get the savings you need on the products you want, we’ve extended our call center hours just for you! Without further adieu…

Thanksgiving: 6AM – 8PM

Black Friday (Nov. 29th): 4AM – 8PM

Saturday and Sunday after Black Friday (Nov. 30th-31st): 8AM – 7PM

Cyber Monday (Dec. 2nd): 4AM – 8PM

Dec. 3rd – Dec. 31st: 5AM – 8PM

All times listed are Pacific Standard time.

Don’t forget that you can also order online at any time, 24/7! Happy shopping and happy holidays from everyone here at Sonic!

 

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Savings Year-Round!

When purchasing your car stereo you need to make sure you get the correct installation accessories. Sonic Electronix offers huge discounts from the manufacturer retail price on installation accessories. When shopping for your in-dash receiver, be sure to enter your vehicle information to see if you are eligible for a free or discounted dash kit, wiring harness and/or antenna if needed.

This offer is valid for standard kits and harness that are priced under $12.99, while the premium kits and harnesses priced above $12.99 are discounted with a rebate. With this outstanding offer, you can save on the products you buy and the installation! Keep in mind, this offer is not available for all vehicles.

Dash kits, harnesses and other necessary accessories are available for most vehicles (but once again not all) and allow you to have an easy installation for your new stereo system. Some vehicles require premium or specialty accessories such as an AM/FM antenna adapter to convert the factory antenna to the standard aftermarket antenna. Other vehicles may not require a dash kit or wiring harness at all in order to complete the installation so be sure to contact us with any questions or quickly send our customer service representatives an email so we can provide you with a list of the installation accessories for your vehicle.

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Dear Cody – 2 Way Pager Car Alarms, What’s the Point?

2-way paging
2-way paging

And no, this isn't the real Caeser's palace.

Dear Cody,

I noticed that you sell these so-called “2-Way Paging Car Alarms” and I have to say, pagers? Really? What is this, the 90’s? I mean come on, what is this car alarm going to do, let me know that someone was trying to call me and give me a number to call them back at? This is stupid! Why do you guys sell this outdated technology? Are you trying to be retro? Are you trying to be hipsters? I heard that car phones have made a comeback because hipsters use them to be cool. Is that the next product you’re going to start selling? Get with the times Sonic and stop ripping people off with lame, outdated technology.

Sincerely,

Future Man

Cant imagine why these never caught on...

P.S.

Here’s an idea for something you can sell… Laserdiscs! Yeah, why don’t you sell Laserdiscs and Laserdisc players since you’re apparently in the business of selling old outdated 2-way pager technology.

Dear Future Man,

Uhhh… I really think you’re confused on the whole 2-way pager thing. We aren’t talking about the belt clip things that spawned the classic form of communicating by using letters to spell things when you turn the pager upside down. Examples include “07734” which means “hello” when turned upside down. Other examples include using 8’s and 0’s but I wont go into that.

Anyways…

2 way pager

THIS is the pager we're talking about

2-way paging with car alarms means that the remote communicates with the alarm brain (1 direction) and the brain can communicate back to the remote (2nd direction) hence 2-way paging. The brain sends signals to the remote to alert you of different things like your alarm going off, your car starting if you use a remote start, and to verify if a command was actually received. Like if you press the “lock” button from far away, you might not actually know if your doors locked. The 2-way pager will let you know.

Additionally, 2-way paging also means that the alarm could possibly communicate with your Smartphone. Same concept, only instead of using a key fob, it uses your phone. If you ask me, that’s pretty 21st century.

So yeah, I guess the name “2-way paging” can be a little confusing but it’s not the same thing you’re thinking about. Although maybe we could bring back pagers, HD DVDs, Walkman’s and Laserdiscs. We did sell a lot of lava lamps when we carried them.. Hmm… I’ll get with the purchasing department, thanks for the idea!

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Car Thieves Hate Him! – One Weird Trick To Warn Thieves Away Forever!

One Weird Trick
One Weird Trick

Seriously! Find out what it is!

(Keep in mind that we do have a sense of humor around here)

Renegade car audio company content writer reveals one weird trick to keep away car thieves forever!

Hi there, my name is Cody. And I’m here to tell you about 1 weird trick to keep would-be car thieves away forever. That’s right, forever.

Now I have to warn you…

I don’t know how long this will be available online, at least for free. This may turn into a pay-pay-view blog article since we’re giving away extremely valuable information for free. 

That’s right, this information is available for a limited time, completely free. 

Make sure you read through this article carefully and all the way to the end in order to find out the one weird trick to keep away car thieves for good.

You’ll be shocked.

We don’t want you, or someone you know and love, to have your cars broken into. It’s a terrible thing to happen: Your stuff is stolen but more importantly, your sense of personal security is gone.

Wiped out.

The emotional damage may last for years.

But now, we’ll reveal to you this crazy new secret that car thieves hate! And we’ll also reveal to you the 3 things that you absolutely MUST avoid!

And we won’t stop there, we’ll also reveal the top 10 most targeted cars by thieves! If you drive one of these 10 vehicles, you NEED to read this carefully!

As most of us know, car alarms can help prevent a theft if someone breaks into your car..

But do you know how to prevent car thieves from even thinking about breaking into your car?

one weird trick

Well... It worked didn't it?

Like we said, this information is so valuable, we don’t know how long it’ll be available for free online. This article may get shut down by the The Honorary Institute Encouraging Vehicular Entry Sneakily (T.H.I.E.V.E.S.) at any time!

Keep reading to find out the one weird secret that’ll warn car thieves away for good!

If you drive one of the top 10 most targeted cars, you need to do this!

Now first off, you need a car alarm. Click here to find out why you should never trust your factory alarm!

Car alarms are a must for ALL vehicles nowadays because you will be shocked to find out… That it isn’t fancy sports cars that thieves target the most!

The Top 10 most commonly targeted vehicles, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau are…

1. Honda Accord
2. Honda Civic
3. Ford Pickup (full size)
4. Chevrolet Pickup (full size)
5. Toyota Camry
6. Dodge Caravan
7. Dodge Pickup (full size)
8. Acura Integra
9. Nissan Altima
10. Nissan Maxima

one weird trick

Ok Ok here it is....

If you drive one of these vehicles, you need to do this!

Many car alarms come with a small, blue or red, LED light but most people don’t know what this is for! 

It isn’t a packaging mistake. That light is designed to be installed in your dash, or on your door panel to let thieves know you have an alarm installed in your vehicle. Thieves won’t even think about breaking in! 

If your alarm doesn’t come with one, don’t worry. We sell extras.

And you absolutely must avoid these 3 things!

1. Don’t trust your factory alarm! Just because you have a factory alarm doesn’t mean it’ll protect your vehicle!

2. Don’t lock your door but leave your window rolled down!

3. And don’t, under any circumstances, ever buy just the warning light and think that’ll work! There’s always the chance that the thief is incredibly daring, or blind and will still try to break in!

Get an alarm now!

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Yes, this is a work of satire, we’re people too and have a sense of humor.

But, seriously guys, hook those lights up when you install your alarm. Statistically, thieves are less likely to break into a car or house that advertises that they have a security system installed. That’s why home security companies stick those stickers on the windows. But there always is the chance that a thief will try anyways so make sure you’ve got a quality alarm system. Oh yeah, and T.H.I.E.V.E.S. isn’t a real organization, but the National Insurance Crime Bureau definitely is.

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Dear Cody – Top 5 Way to Annoy Your Co-Workers

Dear Cody,

I work in an office and I’m frequently the butt of practical jokes from everyone else in the office. Like one time, I came in to work to find my entire work station shrink wrapped. Another time, my entire work station was upside down: the computer monitors, my pictures, pen holders… Everything! And another time my jacket went missing. A deliveryman showed up at work with a package sent COD (cash on delivery) and I come to find out it was my jacket in the package! I couldn’t get it back til I paid the UPS man! I’m not very good at practical jokes, can you give me some ideas for payback?

Sincerely,

Butt of the Joke

Dear Butt of the Joke,

Office hijinks can be fun as long as you know how to fight back. Hardly a day goes by over here at Sonic without some sort of prank. Check these out:

Android Keyboard1. The Autopro MWKB

We had a lot of fun with this seemingly inconspicuous Bluetooth keyboard. You use the tiny little USB Bluetooth dongle to pair the keyboard to whatever the dongle is plugged into. So, take the USB dongle and plug it into a coworkers computer tower when they’re at lunch or something, the software installs pretty quick. When they come back, wait until they have important web pages up and CTRL + W the heck out of them. Minimize all their windows when they’re working on something and typo up whatever they’re working on. Loads of fun.

RC Helicopters2. RC Helicopters

These things exploded in popularity a couple years ago because they’re just so darn fun to amuse yourself with. And like many other things that amuse you, they annoy the heck out of everyone else. Whip out your RC copter and “show it off” to your coworkers. While you show off your latest toy, repeatedly crash it “mistakenly” into their cubicles and knock their stuff all over the place. Just apologize to whoever sits at the cubicle you just bombarded—And then do it again.

Piezo Siren

Small package, big punch

3. The Piezo Siren

If you haven’t heard a piezo siren I highly encourage you to try it out. They ‘re absolutely ear splittingingly painful to listen to. Imagine a young child throwing a tantrum and screaming bloody murder, and amplify those shrieking screams by like 10. That’s what a piezo sounds like. They were designed to hook up to a car alarm and mount on the inside of the vehicle. That way, if a thief breaks in, this piercing siren goes off and the thief’s ears are in too much pain for him/her to sit in your vehicle for more than a couple seconds.

With that being said…

Here’s how this works: You need a small 12 V battery like an A23 battery a little bit of electrical tape and some earplugs. Tape the black wire to the negative side of the battery and leave the positive red wire not attached. Keep the siren in a big pocket of yours and make sure the red wire does not touch the positive terminal on the battery. When whoever it is you want to annoy starts talking, connect the red wire to the positive terminal and interrupt them and everyone else in the vicinity with an ear shattering siren. In case it wasn’t obvious, make sure you’ve got your ear plugs in before you do this.

4. Voice Recorders

Have you ever had a boss who tells you to do one thing, you do that thing, then they tell you that they didn’t tell you to do the thing you already did because they told you to do it, and that you should have instead done this completely other thing? (confusing right?) Well that’s what a voice recorder is for. This is not so much a practical joke as it is practical (and funny.) Anytime your boss tells you to do something, record it! That way, when you’re getting yelled at for doing the wrong thing you can casually pull out your recording and say something along the lines of, “Well actually, ahem, quite the contrary ol’ chap, you in fact told me to do this, which I did. Because you told me so.” Granted, whether or not you keep your job after that is a different story entirely, but it’ll definitely annoy your boss.

Tone Generator5. The Tone Generator

For this one you’ll need the TLPTG2 tone generator and a coupler to turn a male RCA into a female 1/8″ jack. Your victim needs to have a set of external computer speakers with an On/Off switch for this to work. Connect the coupler to the RCA end of the tone generator and connect their speakers to it while they’re in the “Off” position. Turn on the tone generator and turn the frequency up all the way to the 13,000 kHz range, and make sure the generator is well hidden. Then, turn the volume on the speakers and computer all the way up. And from here, we wait. As soon as your victim turns their speakers on to enjoy some peaceful and pleasing music, they’ll be greeted will a high pitched obnoxious tone and won’t be able to figure out what’s wrong while also annoying the entire office. You may blow their speakers out and have to replace them, but hey, we gotta make sacrifices.

And these, Butt of the Joke, are the top 5 ways to annoy your coworkers! Have fun! And if anyone else can think of other funny pranks, please share them!

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