If you pay attention, you can get some pretty sweet deals online.
Woot – One day sales of a single item
Deals.Woot – Discounts on all manner of items
Groupon – The ever-expanding local deals behemoth
SlickDeals – A listing of mostly tech and other items that appeal to geeks at obscenely low prices
Gizmodo “Best Deals of the Day” (Link changes daily) – Gizmodo’s daily tech deals list.
The Problem With Deals
Deals are great if you handle them with discipline. If you can’t say no to a deal, they can cause you to hemorrhage money on shit you don’t need.
Deals with Discipline
The way I approach deals is simple. I have a list of no more than three items that I can buy from a deals site.
My list at the moment includes:
- Condenser microphone
- Solid State Hard Drive
- Light-weight Laptop (to install Linux)
All other deals get passed up. This keeps me from buying crap I don’t need in a moment of weakness at 2AM.