Every month the editors of Washington Consumers' Checkbook report some of the best prices they have found in surveying more than 400 area retailers.
The retailers have promised to hold these prices -- and offer rain checks if supply runs out -- until Aug. 31. Here's a partial listing of bargain prices:
Typewriters & Word Processors
Smith Corona SL-460: Electronic typewriter with full line auto-correction -- $95 at all Evan's locations.
Panasonic KX-W1505: Word processor with 58K text memory, 63K word dictionary, one 3 1/2-inch disk drive, 25-line CRT display and daisy-wheel printer -- $490 at all Staples locations (1-800-333-3330).
Smith Corona PWP-3000: Word processor with 50K text memory, 90K word dictionary, one 3-inch disk drive, 16-line LCD display and daisy-wheel printer -- $449 plus additional $50 savings with typewriter trade-in at Office World in Herndon (471-9555).
Brother WP-660: Word processor with 64K text memory, 70K word dictionary, thesaurus, spreadsheet, one 3 1/2-inch disk drive, 15-line CRT display and daisy-wheel printer with single-sheet and tractor-feed paper handling -- $679 at North's Office Machines in the District (466-2000).
Olivetti Touchmaster D: Electronic typewriter with 5K text memory, 20-character LCD display and one-line auto correction -- $280 at Conus Business Center in Chantilly (378-1001).
General Electric CA8DM: Manual defrost upright freezer with 7.8 cubic feet and drain stem -- $299 at J.R. Enright Co. in Chevy Chase (654-1700).
Amana ESU17D: Manual defrost upright freezer with 17.0 cubic feet, interior light and defrost drain -- $495 at Alco TV & Appliance in Alexandria (780-5180) and Fredericksburg (703-373-1797).
White-Westinghouse FU161L: Manual defrost upright freezer with 16.0 cubic feet, interior light and defrost drain -- $415 at A & A Appliance in the District (723-3315).
Gibson FV10M2: Manual defrost upright freezer with 10.1 cubic feet and defrost drain -- $299 at all Reliable Home Appliance locations.
Kelvinator CFS-53FM: Manual defrost chest freezer with 5.3 cubic feet and defrost drain -- $258 at Metropolitan Appliance in Bladensburg (927-2838) and North Beach (301-855-8905).
CD Players & Changers
Kenwood DP-R4420: CD changer with 5-disc carousel, remote control and 20 programmable selections -- $229 at Saxitone Audio-Video in the District (872-8228), Falls Church (321-8273), Rockville (762-8273) and College Park (872- 8273).
Denon DCD-620: CD player with remote control and 20 programmable selections -- $239 at Audio Associates in Arlington (525-1889), Springfield (971-1060), Fairfax (385-4464), Rockville (762-3701), Langley Park (434-4740) and Laurel (953-7242).
Sansui CD-M12: CD changer with two 6-disc cartridges, remote control and 10 programmable selections -- $269 at Washington Music Center in Wheaton (946-8808).
Denon DCD-860: CD player with remote control and 20 programmable selections -- $337 at Audio International in Georgetown (333-3511).
Onkyo DXC-300: CD changer with 6-disc magazine, remote control and 40 programmable selections -- $359 at Graffiti Video in the District (296-8412 & 244-9643).
If you feel a retailer has not met its commitments, or if you would like to know more about Checkbook magazine's Bargains survey, call (202) 347-7283.