Big update here:
I'm in the (very long) process of removing my Earthlink pages and moving things to a new location. I've made some updates and changes to this list, and I'll be hosting it at my new blog site - the direct link to the post with this information can be found here. The new site I'm setting up is http://deal-line.blogspot.com and in addition to maintaining this list, I'll be posting a few of the better / more interesting deals I run across.
I'm also setting up a Facebook page, though that's a little farther down the road. There's not going to be much there until I get the rest of the site stuff done, but you can find it at https://www.facebook.com/TheDealLine
Please update your bookmarks, there will be no more changes or updates here in the future. Also, please feel free to look over the changes at the new page, and let me know if anything needs to be updated, corrected, adjusted, tweaked, etc. I'm still in the process of getting it set up and formatted, so there's plenty of things to suggest! As always, you can drop me a line with any ideas or suggestions (thalen at thalen dot net).
Good, worth checking regularly:
OK, not usually worth checking, but may occasionally have something good:
Dead and 'should be dead'
Most of these link straight to the page you need to see, but explore a little and see what all they have to offer. They are listed more-or-less in the order of my preference.
For those of you who have been using this page for many years, you realize that I haven't changed anything here in quite a while. Hopefully that will be a thing of the past, I'm back in a position where I can spend a little time looking up shopping sites and adding links that people send me. It took me a little longer to get running than I'd thought (I recently left California and moved to southern Florida), but things have settled down a bit and I'll have at least a little time to get this thing back under control.
Comments below are from the old page, but updated slightly,
so take a quick look if you're interested.
I haven't bought anything online through auctions in a long
while (with the exception of a rare Ebay
spree, go figure). For the most part, online auction
sites are not worth looking at except for ultra-cheap junk
(and often not worth it even with that clarification).
The sites that seem to allow you to 'bid' on items for
pennies on the dollar are almost without exception 'scams' -
not stealing from you, but once you understand the details
of how the 'bidding' works, you'll see that most are really
a lottery more than an auction. Avoid them.
Discount code sites have been around a long time, and sometimes you can take advantage of special discounts through them, but weeding out the junk, expired codes, and outright false links can be tricky. I encourage people to take a look, but look carefully, and if you notice any problems with any of the sites I list here, please drop me a note (thalen at thalen dot net) and let me know.
The way discount code sites work: Specific online stores will offer a special code, often time-limited and sometimes with limited number of uses, that you can enter in a special box before you check out that will give you a discount, extra items, free or discounted shipping, etc. Always verify that the code does what is claimed BEFORE finalize your purchase, and ignore any that want you to click the 'buy' button before you see what it is giving you.
Before you buy ANYTHING online, or at a store for that matter, you should check and see what the thing is really worth. This is especially true when using online auctions, as I've seen to many items going for MORE than the list price (and tack on shipping after that). Research a little, search Google! for stores, check places like Cnet Shopper or PriceWatch for computer and electronic items. Search around on Ebay or Amazon.com for comparable items
ALSO: For ALL online purchases, KNOW WHAT YOU'RE BUYING! Never buy anything you're not familiar with, including brand and model info, because people will sell you anything, not just what you might like. I've bought real crap on perfectly good sites because I assumed that I knew what I was buying. RESEARCH EVERYTHING! Want to know more about whatever it is you're looking for? There are dozens of product review sites. Amazon.com also has a good review area for a lot of it's products...lately, I've been going there to find out more on some of the things I've bought, and a number of other sites offer similar review areas - volume is king with reviews, it's rarely worth making an opinion about a product based on a few reviews, and sometimes it takes hundreds before you can totally trust the average. And remember, more people will log in to complain about something, few ever bother to make reviews if they like the product.
Also, a few people have asked, so I'll reiterate what I
said on my home page...if you would like to put up a link to
this or any other part of my web site, feel free to do
so. I don't need to OK the link or the way you use it,
I'm cool with however you see fit to build your own
site. I'd appreciate a quick note letting me know
where the page is, but even that is optional :-)