Got a secret to share? Where do you find your electronics deals?

Got a secret to share? Where do you find your electronics deals?

I love bargains.

I have been known to buy something for which I don’t have an immediate use or need, just because the price is really good.

Some people don’t understand that.

What I really love is electronics bargains. I have a few places to share where I often find them, and I hope some of you will share, too.

Newegg. Great online store for computer and other electronics items. You can sign up for email notices, which arrive several times a week and have real bargains in them. Shipping is often, but not always, free.

A friend told me about Woot, and I am still trying to figure out how to get back at him. Woot puts one thing on sale every day and charges a flat $5 shipping fee. You usually can buy up to three of that day’s offering, and the shipping is still $5. The day’s deal is posted at midnight Central time, and it lasts till it sells out, or one day, whichever is shorter. There’s a lot of electronics offered; much of it is refurbished, but I’ve had good luck with everything I’ve bought there, new or refurbed. Every few weeks a “wootoff” occurs, a two-day orgy of bargains, some of which are available for perhaps 20 seconds before being sold out.

Another friend told me about The Chicago Tech Guy on Facebook. A mix of tips, news, advice and bargains he’s found and passes along. Unobtrusive and helpful.

Woot and Newegg are both on Twitter. Woot has a regular account and a Wootoff account, which I have found lags the real-time website. Newegg has a regular account and a "hot deals" account.

Now, how about a little help? Got a favorite place, online or brick-and-mortar, where you often find bargains? Share it with the rest of us.

Please. It's been days since I bought anything.

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Shiofra wrote on June 30, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Similar to Woot, Amazon has Lightning Deals all day every day at http://www.amazon.com/gp/goldbox/ref=cs_top_nav_gb27. I have also found TONS of great buys on www.SlickDeals.net. Neither of these is limited to electronics, either.

Mike Howie wrote on June 30, 2010 at 2:06 pm
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I did not know that about Amazon. How has your luck been with slickdeals? Any problems at either place?

Shiofra wrote on June 30, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I know there are a few sites like SlickDeals, but that is one I have personally used for the past few years. I have it on my Links bar and check it several times a day. I think it is a great source of deals as well as user opinion/info if you are unsure about a deal.

With Amazon's Lightning Deals, you have to be careful and conscientious of if you're actually getting a deal or not, it can be a bit deceiving (I personally think they are just pushing overstock on some items that appear regularly and don't sell out in the alotted time). It's a lot like Woot, whereas a really good deal/item will sell out very quickly.

As an aside, coupon codes are another great way to save when shopping online. www.RetailMeNot.com and several others offer current discount codes for a large number of online retailers.

Sorry if I'm getting windy, this is an exciting subject for me :)

Mike Howie wrote on June 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm
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Whoa. And now Amazon has bought Woot: http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=13390

adamb2000 wrote on July 01, 2010 at 11:07 am

Is there nothing sacred? Haha. I knew that something had to be up when I went onto Woot this morning and saw brand new (Woot rarely goes for new stuff) Kindles for $149. It seems that soon everything will be owned by Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, or the like. Won't be long until Amazon branches into the porn business. It's like the empire building of the 19th and 20th centuries brought to the Internet age.

adamb2000 wrote on July 01, 2010 at 11:07 am

For cables, wires, and accessories, check out www.monoprice.com. When I bought my home theater system, many of the A/V sites suggested it. It's ridiculously cheap, but good quality stuff. Much better than those cheap $0.30 cables from Ebay or Amazon. While the cables themselves are pretty high quality and a lot cheaper than Amazon or Newegg (don't even get me started on the racket that is Best Buy cables and Monster stuff), the shipping is usually about $5-7, so best to save up enough things for one big order.
One word of caution though, like all such sites, you're going to find yourself buying things you didn't know you needed or even existed!

Mike Howie wrote on July 01, 2010 at 11:07 am
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Thanks. This is a perfect place to keep in mind for filling specific needs. And I appreciate the warning, but I may be beyond saving...