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5 Great Sites For Online Shopping

By Mark Riddix

Are you looking for a great deal on that new 52 inch flat-screen TV that you have been saving for? Are you searching for the lowest price on your new cell phone?  Before you run out to your local Best Buy, take a few minutes and shop around online. There are a number of great sites on the internet that can help you save money on your next purchase. Let’s take a look at the 5 Best Places To Shop Online To Save You Money.

BensBargains.net

There are a lot of sites like Ben’s Bargains, but for some reason, I always find myself coming back to this site, because I can often find deals that other deal aggregator sites don’t have.  They also have a tracker for hard-to-find items.  When the Wii and the iPhone are impossible to find, they have a section devoted to updating when new stock comes in from merchant websites around the web.

Overstock.com

Have you ever wondered where unsold items wind up when a company can’t sell them? Many unsold items end up at Overstock.com. Overstock.com sells appliances, watches, jewelry, electronics, sporting goods, clothing, shoes, bedding, and home improvement items. Overstock.com specializes in selling manufacturers’ excess inventory at discounted prices. You can find great deals at Overstock.com on liquidated merchandise and discontinued items that manufacturers will not be carrying in the future. Shipping is only $2.95 regardless of your order size. Overstock.com has a great online auction site and also sells cars and real estate. They also operate an O.biz site where customers can save even more money by buying in bulk.

FatWallet

FatWallet is a one-stop bargain hunting website that offers coupons and cash back rebates on thousands of different products from retailers. There are over 800 different retailers on the FatWallet website, including major retailers like Apple, Sony, Bloomingdales, and Wal-Mart. FatWallet makes shopping easier for customers. Instead of having to search hundreds of different company websites for the best deals, FatWallet provides all of this information in one central location. FatWallet offers discounts on traditional retail products like televisions, computers and non-traditional products like financial services and restaurants. The community at FatWallet is a big asset in helping to find the best “hot deals” that companies are currently offering.

PriceGrabber

PriceGrabber is a pretty unique site. PriceGrabber is strictly a price comparison site and does not sell products or offer discounts on products. Customers are able to gather detailed product information and compare prices among thousands of different retailers. The site includes ratings, reviews, and prices on millions of products. PriceGrabber aims to equip customers with information so that they can make an informed purchasing decision. PriceGrabber enables you to find the best price available from both large and small retailers. The unbiased nature of the PriceGrabber site is a major benefit.

SmartBargains

SmartBargains is a site owned by a group of online retailers that offers name-brand products at extremely low prices. SmartBargains offers up to 70% off most products. The products offered on the site come from canceled store orders, excess inventory, and manufacturer closeouts. SmartBargains has new arrivals every day, but you have to be quick to get them because they are often sold in limited quantities.

Have you tried any of these sites? If so, did you enjoy your shopping experience? What are your favorite sites for online shopping?

(photo credit: fruugo)

Mark Riddix
Mark Riddix is the founder and president of an independent investment advisory firm that provides personalized investing and asset management consulting. Mark has written financial columns for Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area newspapers and is the author of the book, Your Financial Playbook.

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  • http://www.costrefuge.com Blair MacGregor

    Couple of others I’ll throw out there:

    RetailMeNot.com – A lot of good coupon codes here that tend not to show up on some of the bigger deal/coupon sites.

    TechBargains.net – Focuses on just tech items. A little bit cluttered at times but tons of great coupons & deals.

    Woot.com – Deal of the day type set up. You have to get in early because they tend to sell out of the item of the day quick, but you can really get phenomenal deals from here.

    -B

    • Mark Riddix

      I just discovered retailmenot. Good suggestion.

    • http://www.ineedabargain.com Charles Gwa

      INeedABargain.com is worth a look and try as it covers some Fatwallet stuff and beyond.

  • gina

    I would also recommend shopping through ebates–you will get cash back for your purchases and it’s free!

  • http://lifetuner.org Keith Morris

    We’ve got a huge list of these over at LifeTuner as well: http://bit.ly/cgzAz0

    Looks like we might be missing a couple of these. We’ll have to update the list!

  • http://madsaver.com Mac

    Never heard of BensBargains…I’ll have to check that one out. I’m a frequent visitor to both FatWallet & SlickDeals.net. SlickDeals probably has the best hot deals on the internet as it has a huge community of users fighting to the find the best deals first. FatWallet is very similar, but with slightly less users…though you can get rebates through them.

    And don’t forget Bing Cashback! http://bing.com/cashback…when they have a good cashback deal on a vendor, it really saves you money.

    • Mark Riddix

      Slickdeals.net is a new one. I need to check it out. Thanks!

  • Chris

    I use slickdeals, bing (for cashback), and sometimes the google shopping link. I’ll definitely check out the other ones listed in the blog.

  • Karmella

    I agree that Woot! sometimes has some great stuff, but price check it before you buy it – sometimes it’s about the same as regular retail.

  • http://toxic-shock.blogspot.com Shock

    Bank of America has it’s Add It Up program, which is the similar to the the Bing cash back program. You have to be a BofA customer and buy through the Add It Website with your BofA branded debit or credit card, so it’s not a flexible as other cashback programs. I’ve used it numerous times and have earned quite a bit of cash back.

    • Mark Riddix

      I will have to take a look at Bank of America’s site. Thanks.

  • Chris

    One more to add… evreward.com. Its great for rounding up all the cashback availability for a particular store. For example, if you wanted to buy something on robeez.com, before purchasing, check evreward.com. It will tell you which cashback sites are linked to that store, and any coupons available.

    Its great for finding the cashback site with the highest reward.

  • http://madsaver.com Mac

    I also wanted to mention to watch out for too-good-to-be-true prices for electronics at online stores that you haven’t heard of. There are a lot of companies selling cameras for very cheap prices on their website, but after you order, they request that you call and confirm. Once you do, they try to sell you a lot of accessories you don’t need, at extremely inflated prices.
    If you say no, the camera may suspiciously be out of stock…and now they have your credit card #.

    Check resellerratings.com & bizrate.com for company ratings BEFORE you buy!

  • Elizabeth I

    A note on overstock…sign up for email alerts. They often send coupons from 7-10% off your purchase.

  • Cmoney

    Stumbled upon your great article. In addition to what others have mentioned, I would also suggest comparing cash back sites with www.cashreporter.com

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