If you’re looking to buy something online, but aren’t sure how to get the best possible deal, here are some tips you can follow.
Do a search on Slickdeals for the item you’re planning to purchase. Slickdeals is the best site to find current deals from all over the web (and sometimes even in store).
If you’re not looking for anything specific and just want to get a good price on something, their front page items can always be trusted to be an amazing deal. Users submit deals to their site, and each deal is ranked with thumbs ups (5 thumbs being the best deals).
Many people just look at the front page deals to see if there is anything that peaks their interest.
If you know exactly what you want…
If you know exactly what you want, do a search for it on slickdeals to see what the best price it’s sold for is. This will give you a good starting point. For example, if you do a search for “Lumix LX7” and you find a post with 4 thumbs up selling it for $299, that’s probably the best deal you can get.
If the deal is expired (and you can’t find a similar price elsewhere) but you’re in no rush, then you should setup a “deal alert”. This will allow you to get automatically notified by e-mail when a new post matching your search comes up. I generally filter by at least 2 thumbs up, to make sure I only get e-mails for something worth looking at.
If you can’t find a good deal on SlickDeals…
If you don’t find what you’re looking for on slickdeals, then you may have to simply create your own deal. Do a search on shopping.com, Google shopping, Amazon, and eBay for the item you’re looking for. Once you find the store with the best price, try to find a coupon for that site. Retailmenot is a site for coupon lovers, so it’s a good place to start. If you don’t find a coupon there, try just doing a search on Google for “[store where you found the deal] coupon code”.
Another way to possibly save some money is to buy a gift card on eBay. Once you’ve found the best deal on what you’re looking for, do a search on eBay to see if there are any gift cards for sale – not only will you usually save some $$, but you’ll also get eBay bucks!
If you’re willing to wait…
Holiday’s (4th of July, Memorial Day, etc) are usually good times to shop online, as sites will have special holiday sales & deals. The best holiday for online shoppers is of course Black Friday – it’s the time to get the best deals of the year!