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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Some deals are just so hot that they sell out before the end of the day. As a result, many retailers have capitalized on this selling boom by offering very limited-time sales-sometimes lasting fewer than 24 hours!
- Some "daily deal" retailers specialize in a particular type of merchandise. Check the archives or message forum on the retailer's Web site to find out which items were sold during previous daily deals to get a feel for what you can expect.
- Each "daily deal" retailer has its own start time for posting new deals. The most common times, however, are midnight and noon. If you want to be sure to get in on the hottest bargains, check "daily deal" Web sites as soon as they're updated.
For one-day-only retailers ...
is probably the best-known "daily deal" Web site. It offers only one item per day, which remains listed until it's sold out (or until 11:59 PM CT, whichever comes first). The products are generally (but not always) tech gadgets, such as computer speakers or GPS systems.
1 Sale a Day
includes more than just a daily deal: it also provides a Joke of the Day, Word of the Day, and Riddle of the Day.
offers two daily deals instead of just one, giving you an opportunity to grab a double bargain. Electronics and tech gadgets are the primary focus of this Web site, but you might also find such items as flashlights and coffee mugs.
For major retailers offering regular limited-time deals ...
promotes a special "Deal of the Day." The merchandise varies and might be anything sold by the retailer.
's Gold Box "Deal of the Day" takes a few cents or dollars off a regularly stocked item, and might also include other perks such as free shipping. You can subscribe to get the daily deal e-mailed to you.
sells housewares and clothing, with a focus on women's clothing. It offers a "Bargain of the Day" and a 7-Day Clearance Countdown, during which prices on limited quantity merchandise continue to drop as the week progresses.
For a compilation of daily and limited-time deals ...
Zero Day Deals
lists all the current "daily deals" from assorted Web retailers. You can also download and install a "notifier" on your computer that pops up whenever a new deal is available.
is updated daily with the latest sale prices from a variety of retailers. The offers typically include the lowest, rock-bottom prices available at major online stores.
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