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4 sites to get free/cheap stuff – finding deals online

Recently Gather Little by Little posted an article on “Deal of the day” sites, such as Woot.com and Yugster.com. These are sites that offer one product per day for a substantially reduced price. The merchandise, frequently reconditioned but at times new, is sold until their quantity runs out or 24 hours is up, whichever comes first.

I took a look at a few of the sites that GLBLGuy posted. Some I found useful, but most featured a string of products I couldn’t care less about if I tried (seriously, do we really need a site like this solely focused on ties?). Many of the sites focus on technology products, but do they all? No whey. (I can’t believe I just stooped that low.)

There are some good sites, though. Here are a few that I found useful:

TodaysDoD.com – One stop shopping for many deal sites. I agree with GLBLGuy… of the DOD site aggregators I’ve seen, I like this layout the best. Not very eye-pleasing, in my opinion, but I found it the easiest to browse by far. It actually incorporates daily deals from standard store sites as well, such as Amazon.com and NewEgg. Very handy.

Pacific Geek – I actually just bought one of their computers for $150-ish. This also points out one of the downfalls of using a deal of the day site: as I write this, the deal is a similar computer for $50 less. If I’d only known…

Woot! – The humor on this site is just as good as their deals (sometimes, better). They also periodically break with the pattern and run a new product as soon as the previous item’s quantity is sold out for a 48-72 hour period. They call that a Woot-off. And then there’s the Bag of Crap phenomenon…

Giveaway of the Day – This is an interesting variation on the DOD theme. GOTD offers a single commercial software product for free (they pay the licensing) every day. This is not a freeware or shareware distribution site, these are actually fully-functional commercial products. That doesn’t mean they’re always good products, mind you, but I’ve already downloaded a pretty good disc-burning program and a Windows Utility program. What I’ve really liked about this site, in addition to the obvious, is the comments section. You frequently find customer reviews of the product and references to Freeware alternatives. So even if the offered program is garbage you can learn where to go to get alternatives.

Many other sites are certainly worth a look, and GLBL has a good list to start you off, even if you’re not looking for technology-related deals, but those are the ones I’ve gravitated towards recently.

What are your favorite DOD sites? Do you avoid them because you can’t take the time pressure? Do you find yourself unable to avoid them? Let me know in the comments.

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