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Old 02-26-2006, 08:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I put that z at the end of Dealz because that makes us trendy and cool. Sweet!

Anyway...post the websites to use when you're prowling for deals whether their softball related or not. Or you can just post a good deal up here that you think your board bros would be interested in.

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I used the forum on Fat Wallet to find ridiculous discounts on my TV and surround sound system. I had Deal Catcher and Tech Bargains feed into my My Yahoo page via RSS when I was looking for a few things.

RSS and My Yahoo are an awesome combo (not just for deals but for everything). If you don't already use it, you should look into it.

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Pick your state. Shows lists of what is in the sales papers by product from low price to high price. Just make sure price is not tied to AOL subscription.

Also check out slickdeals.net under the forum section. They are always posting up sweet deals on stuff that people find all over the web including Dell laptops.
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Some good shopping tips:


10 Shopping Tricks That Stores Hate

Stores are always trying to get you to do what they want. But what if you refuse? What if you do what benefits you and not the store? Aside from outright fraud, what are the things that you can do to come out ahead? We've put together 10 tips that will help you save money, but probably won't help the store. That's why they hate them. And you.

Buying Loss Leaders and Leaving:
Loss leaders are products that a company sells below or at cost to lure customers into the store.
Why They Hate It: They do not want you to waltz in, buy up all the loss leaders and leave. Often there are limits to how many of each you can buy, if you see something in the ad that says "limit 3 per customer" you may have found yourself a loss leader. Buy it and get the hell out.
Using Credit and Paying it Off on Time: Sometimes stores will offer a "6 months, no interest, no payments" offer on big ticket items. Pay it off on time, and you've used their money for free.
Why They Hate It: These offers are not just to help you buy stuff, it's to trick you into paying more for the item than if you had paid cash. Some people take the cash they would have used to buy the item and put it in a high yield savings account. Then they buy the item with credit and wait until 5.9 months later to pay it off. They've just used someone else's money for 6 months for free. Ha, ha, ha. These offers are dangerous, however, because if you miss a payment or don't pay the full balance off on time, you'll get socked with interest since your date of purchase. The rates are often outrageous, so this tip is only for seriously organized Type-A people.

Saying NO to the Extended Warranty:
Stores play on the fact that electronics are a big investment, scaring you into buying an Extended Warranty. Don't do it.
Why They Hate It: The Extended Warranty is basically just a trick to get you to pay way more for the item than you need to. It's very, very, very profitable for the retailer. If you don't believe us, believe Consumer Reports. If you're worried about not having an extended warranty, purchase your electronics with a credit card that offers extended warranty protection. Lots of them do. Just paying for your crap with a credit card can double your warranty, so tell that sales clerk to get bent.
Activating Your Own Phone With A Cell Phone Company: You can buy a used phone, or an unlocked phone, for full price and avoid signing a contract.
Why They Hate It: Cell phone companies want you to sign a contract. They need you to sign a contract. They burn with desire for you to be under contract with them. Cell phone stores sell 2 year contracts. That's what they sell. Not phones. So get a phone, then call the cell phone company and activate it. No contract needed. They hate that so much.
Shopping in the Store But Buying Online: Stores are just places where you can look at things you will later purchase for cheaper online. Look at your new laptop. Try it out. Ask questions. Buy online.
Why They Hate It: They've paid for a store, the electric bill for the store, the employees to answer your questions, and those nice little plastic bags that they want to put your purchase in. Whoops.
Buying 1 When its 2 for $5: "2 for" deals are bull. You can buy one. You can buy 3. "2 for 5" or "5 for 10" means, "Please for the love of Jesus buy this and get it out of the store." You can pay the unit price. (Laws may vary nationwide)
Why They Hate It: They want you to buy more stuff than you need!
Opening A Store Credit Card To Get A Discount, Then Cutting It Up: This is one from our dear Mommy. Mommy buys a bunch of stuff at once, opens the store credit card for the 20% discount, pays it off and cuts up the card. She did this every year when buying our school clothes. We're sure they hate her with the force of a 200 mega-ton bomb, but she still saved 20%.
Why They Hate It: Credit card companies make money from interest and fees. No activity on the card, no interest and fees.
Using Websites to Track 30 Day Price Guarantees: Stores have "30 day price guarantees" to make you think they have such low prices that they're not going to get any lower. They may, but they also know you're not going to keep shopping for some crap you already bought. Solution: There are websites that will watch your purchase for you and email if it drops in price during the guarantee period.
Why They Hate It: Because they have to give you money. No store ever likes to give you money.
Buying Seasonal Items at Clearance Prices (For Next Year): Seasonal items are a big deal for retailers and once the holiday is gone they need to make room for the next one. Their haste makes waste and you can take advantage of it. Buy now for next year. Another good idea is to buy "seasonal" candy after the season is over. So what if your M&Ms are brown and orange or red and green. Still tastes like awesome.
Why They Hate It: Stores want you to buy their seasonal crap at full price, when its most profitable, not during clearance when they sell it at cost or below.
Buy "Accessories" on Ebay Rather Than Paying Huge Markups: Retailers will often discount a big ticket item only to charge ridiculous prices for "accessories" that they will harass you to the point of madness to try to get you to buy. Expensive connectors, cables, controllers, leather lotion for your stupid coat you just bought, blank media, storage, etc. Buy this crap on eBay or at least research what it really costs at a retailer that is not trying to screw you. Case in point: Cables. Best Buy sells the Monster Ultra Series 8' HDMI Video Cable for $119.99. On Ebay the most expensive "Buy it Now" price for this cable is $74.95 with $9.95 shipping. For the exact same thing. And that's for a crazy brand name cable. There are 8' HDMI cables on eBay for $8.
Why They Hate It: Accessories are very profitable. If you got a good deal on a TV, you probably believe them when they say you "need" to spend hundreds of dollars on cables. —MEGHANN MARCO

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The Cheapest Days to Buy Certain Items

By Kelli B. Grant

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ANOTHER DAY, another deal.
Thanks to online coupons, price-comparison search engines and reward memberships, savvy shoppers can pay less than full price on any day that ends in "y." But depending on what you're planning to buy, some days of the week may yield better bargains than others.
We talked to the experts, and narrowed down the best days of the week to buy certain items.

Airplane Tickets

When to Buy: Wednesday morning.
Why:: "Most airfare sales are thrown out there on the weekend," says travel expert Peter Greenberg, a.k.a. The Travel Detective. Other airlines then jump into the game, discounting their own fares and prompting further changes by the first airline. The fares reach their lowest prices late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

When to Buy: Thursday.
Why: Price compare between major chains Borders and Barnes & Noble. The former releases its weekly sales and coupons on every Thursday; the latter, every Tuesday.

When to Buy: Monday.
Why: "Car dealers live for the weekend, which is when they make most of their sales," says Phil Reed, consumer advice editor for Edmunds.com. "On Mondays, the low foot traffic makes it seem like the weekend will never come." That dealer desperation, paired with fewer consumers on the lot, give you more negotiating power. MORE ON PERSONAL FINANCE FROM SMARTMONEY.COM 10 Things Your Bartender Won't Tell You
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When to Buy: Thursday evening.
Why: That's the day when stores stock their shelves for the weekend, and when many retailers — including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and Express — start their weekend promotions, says Kathryn Finney, author of "How to Be a Budget Fashionista." You'll find great prices and the best selection. "It's an effort to get people to shop in the middle of the week," she says.
Department-Store Wares

When to Buy: Saturday evening.
Why: Department stores have a lot to mark down for their Sunday circulars, so they frequently start the process on Saturday evenings before store closing, says Finney. "They're preparing for the big rush," she says. Bonus: Even if the markdowns haven't been made, many employees will honor the sale price if you ask. Print out the circular preview from the store's web site, and bring it with you when you head to the mall.
Dinner Out

When to Buy: Tuesday.
Why: Most restaurants do not receive food deliveries over the weekend. "Sunday is the garbage-can day of the week," says Kate Krader, senior editor at Food & Wine magazine. "No doubt, they're cleaning out their fridges. Tuesdays, they're starting fresh." Dining out on that day offers the best odds you'll get a meal worth paying for, no matter your price point, she says.

When to Buy: Wednesday.
Why: Plenty of movie theaters, amusement parks and museums offer extra discounts to consumers who visit midweek. Six Flags theme parks offer a $12 discount to AAA members — three times its usual discount of $4. AMC Theatres offers members in its free AMC Movie Watcher reward program a free small popcorn on Wednesdays. (This summer, it's also the day select theaters offer free Summer Movie Camp screenings.)

When to Buy: Thursday, before 10 a.m.
Why: The price of oil isn't the only factor influencing costs at your local pump. Consumer usage plays a role, too — and weekend demand is high, says Jason Toews, co-founder of GasBuddy.com, a price-monitoring site. Prices usually swing upward on Thursdays as travelers fuel up to head out the following day. By hitting the pump before 10 a.m. (when many station owners change their prices), you'll beat the rush and the price jump.

When to Buy: Sunday — or Tuesday.
Why: Maximize savings by combining store sales, which run from Wednesday to Tuesday, with the latest round of coupons from your Sunday paper, says Mary Hunt, publisher of Debt-Proof Living, a money-saving newsletter. "It's a smart idea to wait until you have those in hand to match up with the week's sale items," she says. To snag savings on items you don't need just yet, shop on Tuesday, advises Hunt. Chances are, the store will have run out of the sale items. "That means you can pick up rain checks, which allow you to buy those items later when you need them, and at the sale price," she says.

Hotel Rooms

When to Buy: Sunday.
Why: There are two kinds of hotel managers, and the kind that won't give you a discount on your room rate has Sundays off, says Greenberg. Call the hotel directly, and ask to speak with the manager on duty or the director of sales. These employees are open to negotiation, he says. They'd rather have a booked room at a discounted rate than an empty room. (The rest of the week, your call would get you a so-called revenue manager, who monitors profits — and is rarely willing to lower rates.)
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ralphh Posted: 8:25 PM On July 2, 2007 ref cars; research the dealer cost,look any time during the month but make your low ball offers on last day of the month. they'll do anything to make that one final sale for the month. i've negotiated in good faith and twice when they would not budge or tried to sneak additional dealer profit[car prep] on the end of contract, i've walked out the door. just before i get in my car the saleman and sales manager are there,telling my offer is accepted. it takes time but it works.

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RetailMeNot Firefox Extension AutoFinds Deals For Online Stores You're Visting

The RetailMeNot site helps you find coupon codes for tons of different sites online, and now there's a RetailMeNot Firefox extension to make deal-finding even easier. Sometimes you forget to scope out the coupon code sites for applicable savings before checking out at online retailers. This handy extension gives you a little warning on the top bar if its found coupons for the site you're currently visiting.

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Finding Low Airfares Online

As the holidays near, people think about their travel plans. A factor that usually plays into the decision is airfares. We looked at several travel search engines to see which ones provided order to the pricing chaos. We also outline some guidelines to make your search for low airfares more rewarding. Guidelines for Finding Lower Airfares

Regardless of how you search for fares, some guidelines can lower your airfare and shorten the time to find a good price.
(1) Start your trip planning early. Most airlines have a price curve that relates to the departure date. A good illustration of this can be seen using a Farecast travel tool called “Know When to Fly”.
Their graph shows that if I were to purchase a ticket on Nov 4th to Las Vegas that departs on Nov 4th, I would pay around $270. But, if I purchase the ticket for a December 3 departure, the cost drops to around $118. You can also see the spike in price for Thanksgiving travel caused by holiday demand.
Click to enlarge Another advantage to planning early is some services offer email alert services.
(2) Be flexible with your dates. Shifting your departure date may result in significant savings. The days that offer the best fares include departures on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Sometimes extending your stay can cut the airfare.
(3) Know your neighborhood. The first part of this rule is to know if there are nearby airports. For example, SFO is my closest airport, but I might be able to get a lower price using San Jose or Oakland airports. The corollary is to know the airlines that service your airport.
(4) Be realistic about time and money. Sometimes it makes sense to pay extra for the convenience of the closest airport or a better schedule. Saving $60 on a “red eye” flight might cost you more in productivity if you can’t sleep on the plane. The same is true if you add a 2-hour layover in an airport where you can’t get work done.
(5) Learn the fare rules. Getting the best price for your airline ticket may come with restrictions. Before booking, make sure you’ve read the fare rules. Some airlines have costly penalties if you need to make a change. You may want to offset the risk with travel insurance.
(6) Start broad and then refine your results. Also, use different services as they may display different carriers.
(7) All things appearing equal go to the airline site. If during a price scan, you see several vendors display the same airfare for a flight and one is the airline, start with them. The airlines may offer a price guarantee or better restrictions.
(8) Not all planes or carriers have the same cabin service. Some flights do not have business or first class seating.
Using Travel Search Engines

Although you may have used services such as Orbitz, Expedia and Travelocity, there are also sites known as travel search engines. These sites take your trip criteria, reformat the information, and query other travel sites using the proper search syntax. The benefit is you don’t have to go to many sites, re-enter the query and compare the results.
For our review, we tried four travel search engines, Farechase, Kayak, SideStep, and Farecast. In the screen snaps, we used the same trip itinerary to show the default features.
Trip Type: Round trip
Departing City: San Francisco
Time: December 3, 2007 (anytime)
Arriving City: Las Vegas
Time: December 8, 2007 (anytime)
Passengers: 1
Nearby Airports: Yes
Overall, we were pleased with the results, but there are differences. Before you start your search, you might be interested in some things we learned.
1. None of the services included all airlines. You still may have to use other sources to get the complete picture. In my example, not everyone picked up Virgin America or Southwest Airlines.
2. Even if the services use the same data sources, the results can differ. I suspect this is a result of different pricing algorithms and how often the source databases are refreshed.
3. The services differ on nearby airports. Some services had a tighter radius and showed fewer airport alternatives.
4. The results were best for just adults. We got spotty results when trying to get rates for seniors, children and adults.
5. Most of these services would allow you to compare results with other sites. The comparison site was usually launched in a new browser window. Some of the comparison sites may show prices before taxes and other fees.
Yahoo! Farechase (http://farechase.yahoo.com)

As with many Yahoo! products, the interface is clean and allows the user to enter in some advanced features. They allowed you to segment passengers by age and choose a cabin type. If you’re a Yahoo! user there are additional features you can take advantage of such as an IM flight planner.
Click to enlarge Farechase results showed which airline pricing sites they queried to get their pricing results. The user can refine their search by deselecting items from the left side. Clicking the airline’s name provided a window showing flight details such as flight number, aircraft type, flying time and miles.
Results: 178 flights from 4 airports with a low airfare of $118.
Click to enlarge Kayak (www.kayak.com/)

Kayak also has a pleasing interface that offers more options such different country versions. It was the only site that allowed you to filter by mileage alliance. The search panel allows you to compare data from other travel sites. You may also choose for hotels at the same time.
Click to enlarge Besides providing the standard results, Kayak lists the flight times. The Chart option showed trending data for your departure date and that month. You can make any flight result a “favorite” which moves it to the top of your list.
Another nice feature was the flight detail section showed how many seats were left at that price and the fare code.
Results: 468 Flights from 7 airports and lowest airfare was $118. They also included flights with Southwest Airlines, but did not include the pricing data.
Click to enlarge SideStep (www.sidestep.com)

One noticeable difference with SideStep is they add two options for Infants, which is a nice feature for families. They also have a site for the United Kingdom.
Click to enlarge Like Kayak, SideStep also included more nearby airports. The default results added a filter to ensure that your flights used the same airline. That is why you see 200 of 318 results. If you deselect this option, all the results show.
The results page was similar to the Matrix page of Kayak. There was a slight difference in prices for the same flights on other services. For example, the other services had a $118 flight that you could book through united.com. On SideStep, United was not a booking option and the cost was $122.
Results: 318 flights from 7 airports with the lowest airfare at $122.
Click to enlarge Farecast (www.farecast.com/)

At first glance, Farecast looks similar to the other travel search engines. The main difference lies in their pricing predictions for economy class.
Click to enlarge At the top of your results, you’ll see a small pricing graph and one of five pricing indicator icons. These icons give you feedback on whether you should buy in the next 7 days. The decision is based on analysis they have done on flights at 75 different airports. Not all flights have this prediction. You can also purchase a plan to lock in the current price.
The flight details section did not show the plane type, but they did show some fare restrictions. For example, we could see that our $118 fare was non-refundable.
Results: 419 flights from 7 airports with the lowest airfare of $118.
Click to enlarge After testing the four services, I would say all provide value, but none had everything I wanted. They all identified the United flights that had the lowest airfares. My ideal service would be a blend of Kayak and Farecast. As the saying goes, “your mileage may differ” based on your destinations. In my case, I’ll probably opt to pay an extra $5 and take the Virgin America flight.
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Find Secret Amazon Discounts with DealLocker

Search for and locate incredible Amazon discounts with DealLocker's secret Amazon Discount service. Input an optional keyword and then choose the range of desired discount—anywhere from 10% off to 99% off. Unlike previously mentioned JungleCrazy, the secret finder gives much more comprehensive results and allows you to browse through Amazon directly after you perform your search. Still, if you're looking for some amazing deals through Amazon, both sites complement each other nicely.

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