(Note: last week one of my customers– Tom Nevermann,AKA “The Moving Doctor“— asked me to help him find a good deal on USB-powered speakers for his Mac. I took him to www.dealnews.com and set up an email alert for him, and now every time a good deal on USB-powered speakers comes along, Tom gets notified by email. That experience inspired me to write this blog entry as I know DealNews can save you some money too.)
I get a lot of questions that start with “Where’s the best place to buy…”? Generally speaking I refer the asker to DealNews, the best website for finding great deals on tech stuff like Macs, software, printers, and networking equipment– and a whole lot more. Here’s a picture of the DealNews site, with their categories across the top. I never use the categories– I just leave it on “Everything”– but the categories give you an idea of the kinds of things that DealNews tracks.
Here’s that same page, scrolled down a bit so you can see the deals (the top of the site isn’t where the action is):
DealNews doesn’t sell anything (except for advertising space). Their business revolves around getting people to come to the site, which they do by scouring the web for great deals and presenting the deals in an easy-to-navigate webpage. They don’t care which store offers the deal- it might be Sears, it might be Buy.com, it might be Dunkin’ Donuts. Doesn’t matter to DealNews (although, if the store gets complaints, DealNews will quit showing their deals).
The more people come to DealNews the more they can charge for their advertisements, so DealNews does what they can to make you want to come back. One way they do it is by updating constantly, and that’s a good reason for YOU to sort the deals in chronological order (look for a “sort by” pop-up toward the right), and also a good reason for you to check in on the site more than once a day. Deals don’t last forever and sometimes they don’t even last an hour. Keep that in mind when you find something you like on the site– my advice is “buy it right now.”
You can search DealNews (see the box at the top right). That’s a good start, but a lot of the time the stuff you’ll find has already expired. That’s a drag, but DealNews has a “Get Deals via Email” feature (right above the search box) and with email alerts you’ll know about deals as quickly as they’re put on the site. You do have to sign up, but it’s free, and they promise not to sell your email address or use it for anything else, so I think you can go ahead with this.
Setting up a DealNews email alert is easy– you pick a store, or a product, or a category (or some combination), and DealNews will send you an email when something that matches comes along. You can set up as many alerts as you’d like, and with Christmas coming up (only 7 months away) you can sit back and cherry-pick the very best deals and save a bunch of money on your presents. I already have three presents stashed away in my secret present place, all purchased via a DealNews email alert.
Note to Suspicious Minds: you may be thinking “I’ll bet they just post the deals of the people who pay the most! That’s how they make their money!” Well, that might be true, but their Editorial Guarantee says they will never do that. I think they’re telling the truth. If they took payola we’d find out soon enough, and when that happened we’d all go somewhere else for deals. They know that. It’s in their best interests long-term to be honest, and that’s what I think they are.
Of course they do take ads– that’s how they make their money– but the ads are clearly labeled and they’re not mixed in with the rest of the deals.
UPDATE: now they’re mixed in with the rest of the deals.
I check DealNews at least once a day. Recent deals that I’ve taken advantage of include free ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s, 10-foot USB cables for $1.97 shipped, and a 42-inch 120 Hz Philips LCD TV (not for me, for a friend– and he saved about $300). Go check it out.
In Case You Wondered
No, I do not get anything for recommending DealNews. I do get something for sending customers to Amazon.com as I am a member of the Amazon affiliates program. See the bottom of each page here for the full disclosure statement.
Got 60 seconds? Learn something about the Mac.
Visit my One-Minute Macman website!