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There are always amazing deals out there, just waiting for you to come in and take advantage of them! You just have to hunt them down. This is a guide describing the various methods and techniques on how to save the most money online.

E-Mail Newsletters
First and foremost, if you're looking to get the inside scoop on great deals before other people, a really good way is to sign up for e-mail newsletters for various online retailers.
There are a plethora of places to go online to check for online deals. Almost every online retailer has a newsletter that you can sign up for that sends out weekly promotions and specials that you can snag a fantastic deal.

Online Links
Buy.Com What's Shaking - Buy.com has a section on their site that lists their products that have the highest increase in sales in the last 24 hours, usually indicating a really good price. Tax charged in California, Massachusetts,Tennessee, and New York.

Woot - Woot is an online retailer who offers one deal one day. Usually heavily discounted electronic/technologic gadgets, sometimes refurbished. There's a new item up for sale every night, midnight Central Standard Time (USA), and it is for sale until it either sells out, or until midnight Central Time when a new item is put up. Every month or two they have an online selling "blitz" called a "WOOT OFF!" in which they put one item up for sale until it sells out, then they put another item up. This usually lasts a day or two, and there can be some quite amazing deals. Tax in Texas.

Deals.Woot.Com - A sister site to Woot, it's a decent deal aggregate web application. You can vote deals up and down, and usually there's a new set of deals every day around Midnight Central Time (USA). Tax in Texas.

NewEgg Shell Shocker - This is NewEgg.com's version of woot. They provide two deals per day. AM deals run from 12:00AM-12:59PM Pacific Time, and PM deals 1:00 PM-11:59PM Pacific Time. If you sign up for NewEgg's newsletter, they'll give you a sneak peak of what items will be on sale, but it won't give you the price. Also there are Daily Deals which usually aren't as good as the newsletter's promo, and Open Box deals you can get your next video card at 1/2 off! Most of the time Open Box means someone returned an item to NewEgg and said there was nothing wrong with it. Someone ordered the wrong part or whatever. Items are deeply discounted but come with almost no warranty. The manufacturer's warranty is usually still valid though. Tax is charged for California, New Jersey, and Tennessee.

Buy.Com Deal of the Day - Another generic deal of the day. What's else to say? Tax charged in California, Massachusetts,Tennessee, and New York.

GoGamer 48 Hour Madness - GoGamer has for a while now been having a 48 hour sale that just refreshes every 2 days. I've founds some really good deals on games, mousepads, mice, ect... It's worth a click through once or twice a week to find something nice.

DealExtreme - This is a Hong Kong based online retailer of cheap electronics, gadgets and whatnot. This is a trusted retailer, and they have the cheapest price anywhere of allot of items, and everything is Free Shipping. Just be aware they from time to time sell Chinese knock-off phones, just know what you're purchasing. They're really good at marking orders as gifts or declaring a value much below that they actually ship out, which is great for avoiding customs duties and tariffs. FREE SHIPPING NO TAX.

Direct2Drive Sale - I think it's once a week this digital video game download distribution platform retailer changes what they've got on sale. Also for the next two weeks they're doing a spring sale for additional discounts Spring-Sale

Electronic Arts Store - You'll find some pretty decent video game deals here, direct from the Developer. Check in every once in a while and see what's on sale. Some video games on sale here are phenomenal when you add one of the coupons that occasionally float around the internet like $20 off or whatever.

Steam Store - Either click through using this link or just login to Steam once a week or so. They occasionally run specials at deep discounts, especially during the weekend. Sometimes they sell 4packs, when they package four license keys at a great discount. Find 3 friends and save even extra $.

GameStop Daily Deal - Daily deal, occasionally good.

Amazon Goldbox/Lighting - Every day Amazon has 7 closely related "lighting" deals distributed throughout the day. Usually they're a decent price but nothing crazy cheap, but still worth a look. Deals at 6AM, 9AM, 11AM, 2PM, 4PM, 6PM, and 8PM. They also have a deal of the day on the same page. Orders in Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, or Washington are subject to tax.

Some other sites to consider:
Zip-Zoom-Fly - Computer parts and accessories. Orders placed in California are subject to tax.
RetailMeNot - Online Coupons

Purplus - Software retailer, usually has some decent prices.
XOXIDE - Computer case mods, lights, fans, accessories, ect...
Geeks - General electronics retailer. Sells off brand and older technologies. Sales Tax in California.
Tiger Direct - My personal experience is that Tiger Direct is a quality and reputable electronics retailer similar to NewEgg. Their catalog of items is usually slightly smaller, and slightly more expensive than NewEgg. Plus they have the (annoying?) tendency to list final price of items already including a mail-in-rebate discount. Tax is charged in Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois.
http://www.mwave.com

Deal Sites
http://www.pricewatch.com/
http://www.techbargains.com/
http://deals.woot.com/
http://www.techdeals.net/
http://slickdeals.net/
http://www.dealcatcher.com/

Deal Finding Software
Wootalyzer - Be sure to grab this and have it running as a background service. Not only will it give you a heads up on the current promotion of allot of the "deal-a-day" sites that I listed above, allowing you easily breeze through them, but also during Woot-Off's it is indispensable. It gives you the ability to see woots 3-5 seconds before they're updated on the pain page (via a referral link). It doesn't sound like much but sometimes during a woot off, that can be the difference between getting a new 23" LCD for $175 and being envious of those that did.
GetInvisibleHand - Thanks to E-Man for linking this. It seems like a decent firefox/chrome plugin. I've not used it much, but it is a price checker plugin. Seems to do a good job. Equivilent to searching Shopping.google for an item.

Purchasing
Bing CashBack - Until I write this section, this is a link describing Bing Cash Back for UK. Forum Thread Link
Paypal
Google Checkout

Real Life Deals
Dumpster Diving
Clearance Sales
Garage Sales
Edited by FriedSushi87 - 6/20/10 at 4:10am
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Another site to add: http://www.pricewatch.com/
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Wait minute... THIS ISN'T DEAL!
Maybe sticky on the top of the page?
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I just thought a few links would be helpful for some people who aren't experienced in deal hunting.
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I think something like this would make a nice sticky to the top. There's a ton of deals out there, not all are posted here. Especially ones not pertaining to technology. Useful to some people
    
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