There are bargains out there, and not just for Black Friday. You just need to know where to look. These are some of my favorite sites:
Black Friday Ads:
- bfads.net – Black Friday 2009: the original Black Friday site with leaked ads for the day after Thanksgiving
- black-friday.net – Black Friday 2009: another site
- blackfriday.info – Black Friday 2009: yet another site
- RetailMeNot.com: One of the largest coupon collections on the web, usually the most up-to-date coupons available.
- CouponCabin.com: variety of online coupons
Printable/downloadable local coupons:
- MommySavesBig: collection of printable national coupons for in-store use
- ValPak.com: miss a coupon from the newspaper? Chances are it was through ValPak and you can print it direct here.
- RedPlum.com: another source for printable coupons
- Upromise.com: a different type of coupon service where you can save money and save for college.
Computers & Electronics:
- Techbargains.com: one of the original sources for those infamous Dell coupons.
- DealHack.com: very broad selection of bargains, especially those crazy Amazon Friday deals.
- Amazon: Even if you are not buying from Amazon, research your gifts by reading the reviews. These reviews are typically your “average user” and should be considered as such.
- Consumer Reports: not the widest selection of reviews, but they usually have updated reviews in the Fall before the Holiday rush.
- C|NET: not the widest selection of reviews, but they usually review the hottest items. Plus, members can also chime in with User Reviews. Look for an Editor’s Choice list.
Camera Reviews & News:
- Canon Rumors: best source for inside Canon info on upcoming cameras, lenses and more.
- Nikon Rumors: for the Nikonmaniacs
- Digital Photography Review (DP): news and reviews for all top brands.
- William Castleman: if you are considering an expensive Canon L lens, this is the place to start.
- Photozone: camera reviews and lens with specific testing on full-frame and cropped sensor dSLRs.
- Digital Camera Resource: pulls independent reviews from multiple sites
- Camera Labs: these reviews include specs, sample shots and comparisons across various comparable models.
- Northern Lights: reviews of camera equipment, software and printers
- Steve’s Digicams: used to be one of the largest independent source of camera reviews. New owners, new site.
Bargain shopping/comparison sites (be sure to check the vendor’s website ratings below!):
- Google Shopping: one of the best deal finders on the web
- Yahoo Shopping: more than just Yahoo storefronts, this service now pulls info from major websites too.
- Bing Shopping: not to be left out, the former MSN shopping service is growing.
- CheapUncle.com: affiliated with couponcabin.com, one of the newer shopping sites
- Shopping.com: one of the original shopping services
- PriceGrabber.com: the other original shopping service
- ebay.com: look for PowerSellers with a very high feedback rating! Many companies now sell refurbished equipment direct to the consumer through ebay.
- ResellerRatings.com: is that online price too good to be true, check the ratings of that seller here.
- Bizrate.com: one of the first rating services for online storefronts
- NexTag.com: another rating service for online storefronts
- Google Shopping: Google now collects customer reviews and displays them for various sources
Planning your Shopping Route:
- HopStop.com: need to combine a trip with trains, subways & buses? HopStop with do it. Also has great maps and city guides.
Beware of Camera Prices too Good to be True. The web is the great equalizer. Anyone can put up a website and compete for customers. If you are purchasing from a NEW vendor, be sure to Google “review [vendor’s website]” before you commit to a purchase. This is especially true with electronic/camera vendors. Be careful and do your research BEFORE you enter your credit card.