Meta Deal Finder
November 2, 2016 6:57 AM   Subscribe

Does anyone know of a good deal finding website or service? I'm looking something where I can just say I'm looking for a type/category of item and it will scour deals and just give me an updated list I can check on or send me an alert when there's a hot deal.

For example; right now I'm looking to buy a television and with black friday/cyber monday coming up this is probably the perfect time. So I would love a website I could just put in "TV" and it would spit me out the best TV deals when they come up.

All the websites I've tried either seem really sketch/scammy, will only track a specific item (ie one type of TV, not all TVs) or I have to manually search for deals. And then most of the time the deals are old and expired.

Has anyone had good experiences with any of this?
posted by mayonnaises to Shopping (6 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I use's deal alerts. You can have it only search "Hot Deals" (which is where the good stuff goes), you can have it only alert you if it gets N thumbs up or more (out of 5), you can have it search the subject only or body. Works great! I'm currently using it to watch deals on 3D printers.
posted by getawaysticks at 7:00 AM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]

Edit: I guess you can't (anymore?) have it search body and/or subject. I'm honestly not sure what it does, but I think it does both based on an email I got yesterday.
posted by getawaysticks at 7:02 AM on November 2, 2016

I used to use DealInk/DealMac which have become DealNews. I haven't used their apps but it finds decent prices on things from retailers you have heard of.
posted by jessamyn at 7:02 AM on November 2, 2016 [3 favorites]

Slickdeals is really slick and pretty much exactly what I was looking for! Has different notification settings too which is nice. I will now be notified daily by email of good TV deals, and it'll send me a text if there's a super hot deal in TVs. Very cool.

I somehow managed to mess up my registration for DealInk. But browsing it looks like it has really good deals too. Once I get my email sitch figured out it will be a battle of the deal sites!

Thanks everyone :)
posted by mayonnaises at 7:38 AM on November 2, 2016 [1 favorite]

It is Amazon-only, but I have gotten some good deals using the camelcamelcamel tracker. There is a surprising fluctuation in the price of some items over time.
posted by ryanshepard at 7:52 AM on November 2, 2016 [4 favorites]

Some consumer goods like TV's have an obscene amount of variables and model numbers. Not all of them are good. I don't care about Vizio TV's or brands I've never heard of with questionable warranties.

For me, when I was last TV shopping, I poked around places like The Wirecutter and Consumer Reports to figure out what brands and models were in my pricing and size constraints, and set up a dozen alerts at Camel Camel Camel. That was handy on Black Friday/Cyber Monday and got me a satisfactory deal.
posted by enfa at 7:56 AM on November 2, 2016

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