Amazon ImageThere are many sites devoted to shopping, whether it be Amazon or Target or Walmart.

But there are also deal sites that put together the best of the web’s deals. They do this by crowd-sourcing. Sure, with the right skills you can scrape other sites for their products and re-publish them, but the problem there is you don’t highlight the best deals. Everything is grabbed.

But the really good sites?  These sites use crowd-sourcing to put together the best of the best.

Here are five tips on using those sites.

1.  Visit them often - crowd sourced sale, deal or coupon information changes every single minute.   If you only go once a day, you may well miss savings opportunities that are very short duration. Click here now, and then again when you reach the bottom of the article.  It will have changed.

2. Look for RSS feeds - It is easy to look at all the updated coupon and deals by subscribing to the RSS feeds from those sites.

3.  Don’t be afraid to click in - Drill in to the deals themselves.  You may find that the price, in some instances, is actually lower than originally posted.  E-commerce sites change items and prices constantly, and crowd sourced deals can change quickly.

4.  Look for “mavens” - Wikipedia defines “maven” in this manner:  “A maven (also mavin) is a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others. Amazon ImageThe word maven comes from Hebrew, via Yiddish, and means one who understands, based on an accumulation of knowledge.[1]  I first learned of the the term in the book Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell.

When you find a maven at a shopping aggregator,  follow them closely.  They usually are hard wired in to the best deals across the internet. Why?  Because finding a great deal is like crack for them.  They get juiced by sharing a great opportunity to buy something.

 

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5.  Look for shopping sites that have a social aspect - By their very nature crowd sourced shopping sites are social, but not all of them are created equal.  By that I mean that some of the deal sites not only encourage sharing of deals, they actually foster social (media) interaction within their site for their visitors.  When you find this kind of site, like DealsPl.us, you will find a vibrant community of people who share the same type passion to pass on a great deal.  Those sites tend toward current excellent deals.

Are there any sites that you enjoy finding great discounts or coupons at?  Click here again to see how much it has changed!