5 Tips To Save Money By Using Shopping Sites


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!



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by Thad on December 17, 2012 · 7 comments

in Deal sites,social

  • http://www.monsterpiggybank.com Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank

    It’s interesting that you mention the social aspect as many of the deals I have found lately (particularly for baby stuff) has been via Facebook. I guess all those ads Facebook throws in your face must be working.

    • http://www.thadthoughts.com Thad

      I think the social aspect you see on FB is just the new version of “word of mouth”. That’s always the best advertising!

  • http://www.bluepelicanloans.com/blog/ Veronica @ Pelican on Money

    There was a neat website someone started a while back that alerted you when prices went down on electronics. You would find the item you like, add your email and it would automatically let you know when it’s cheapest and where. I believe you had to set a goal price you were willing to pay. I think it was bought out by Google!

    • http://www.thadthoughts.com Thad

      I remember that site, but not the name.

  • http://www.clubthrifty.com Holly@ClubThrifty

    I agree with all of these! I also shop through my credit card’s websites sometimes as I earn a ton of rewards to shop at certain online stores certain times of the year. (Obviously I always pay my credit card off in full!!!)

    • http://www.thadthoughts.com Thad

      Thanks Holly! Hope all is well!

  • http://www.bhangraavenue.com/ Buy Dhol

    Shopping sites are now a days offering great discount as well as offering various types of combos also which will help you save a lot of money.

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