While big retailers like Amazon and Best Buy are trying to persuade you that their price cut is the best bargain you'll get on that laptop, tech-savvy shoppers are quietly scoring ridiculous deals only the Internet could offer.
There's a good reason why you haven't heard of sites like SlickDeals and DealsPlus before: tech shoppers in the know are good at keeping secrets. The deals are first come, first served, and usually sell out by the end of the day.
Well, I think it's about time I share this secret to best prepare you for your next tech purchase. Whether you're shopping for a new TV, gaming console, laptop, digital camera, or any other electronic device, make sure you visit these sites first:
SlickDeals lets its users find the best deals from around in Internet, and shares them with rest of us. Each day, you'll find the top discounts on the front page, but more deals exist within the specific product categories across the top. Once you find the deal you want, you'll be redirected to the site on which it is offered. Tips and deals are also posted in the SlickDeals forums.
Like SlickDeals, DealsPlus relies on its users to scour the Internet for the best deals. Users "plus" deals to bring the best discounts and offers from all categories to the front page. Alternatively, you can look at deals by category.
FatWallet is yet another collective bargain-hunting site, where users find the deals. One unique difference between FatWallet and other sites is its cash back program, which gives members money back on their purchases. Retailer ads and other deals are also posted in the FatWallet forums.
There's even a discussion on Black Friday 2011 brewing already!
There's also an accompanying app, which brings you deals while you're on the go, and a Black Friday app for that special time of year. DealNews also offers e-mail alerts to let you know when a product you're looking for goes on sale.
Unlike the previous Web sites, Woot organizes its own deals with manufacturers. This simple site brings you one deal every day, but the picks are usually great. If the daily deal doesn't impress you, check out the community page, where users post deals they find around
The following deal sites are similar to the ones above, and offer great bargains, too. Include them in your list of go-to places in your shopping adventures: