Most of us are happy to save a few bucks whenever we shop, but for others, bargain hunting is a sport requiring great skill and constant vigilance. Online shopping online has opened up a new world for the obsessive deal hunter and the ordinary shopper alike. There's a huge assortment of Web sites devoted to helping you find the lowest prices and best offers from online retailers. In this guide you'll find our favorites.
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Similar to closeout or outlet brick-and-mortar stores, there are online retailers that specialize in bargain items. Often they feature overstocks or last season's merchandise, and they run the gamut from discounted haute couture fashion to bargain box goods.
- Since these retailers sell overstocks or closeouts, their stock of merchandise changes quickly. Moreover, available sizes, colors, etc., are limited. Savvy bargain hunters should check their favorites on a regular basis because good deals get scooped up quickly.
- Many of these online retailers also offer promotional deals, so don't forget to check with a coupon-code Web site before shopping, and to shop through portal that will give you rebates or rewards.
For discounters and closeout stores ...
specializes in clothing and accessories, although it also offers a selection of home items and jewelry. The Web site features a bargain bin with items that cost less than ten dollars.
is a discount department store, and the merchandise selection includes furniture, housewares, and electronics. The super low shipping price ($2.95 on most orders) is a draw for many bargain shoppers.
is the bargain store for serious fashionistas. The retailer's focus is mostly designer clothing for men and women, and it includes labels such as Vera Wang and Gucci. The clearance section offers prices up to 75 percent off.
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sells the same merchandise as the REI online store-except the items are overstocks, last year's version, or discontinued styles. Each category (Men's clothing, Family camping, etc.) has a 50-percent-off section.
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offers up to 65 percent off retail prices. Quantities are limited, and you'll generally find pieces from all seasons, from swimwear to sweaters.
includes mostly refurbished and "scratch & dent" items. Computers are the most common item sold at this retailer's outlet, but you can also find printers, monitors, and other Dell merchandise.
includes links to all of its clearance and bargain items, such as books, electronics, and housewares. Prices start at about 25 percent off and can reach more than 70 percent off in some cases.
offers a "Friday Only" sale with limited products at especially low prices.
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