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Posted: August 10, 2003
Written By: Dan "Tweak Monkey" Kennedy
Some Examples of Hot Deals
There are literally thousands of very hot deals available somewhere on the web every day. To give you an idea of how good some of these deals are, I'll briefly mention a few of the deals I've scored recently.
Choose any five new or old release DVDs for $24.95 after shipping/tax. Columbia House was running this deal a few months back. I bought 10 new release DVDs (all special edition/widescreen, etc.) for $49.90 shipped to my house. I actually ended up selling a few of them on Ebay and basically getting 7 DVDs free. There was no further buying commitment, either. You can almost always get a deal like this at around $7 per DVD if you look around, but at $5, the deal is that much hotter.
Six cases of water for $15 after tax/shipping. Using some coupons from a site, I bought six cases of 24 x 16 oz. bottles of Arrowhead water for $15 after tax and picked them up locally at Office Depot. If you buy this stuff regularly (California water sucks :)) you know this is a pretty good deal.
Gameboy Advance for $40 shipped (no tax) at launch time. When the Gameboy Advance first came out, I bought one for $40 from Overstock.com. Stores were still selling them for $75+ at the time.
$50 gift certificate free. I scored a free gift certificate to CDNow.com (I think I bought DVDs with it) by "test driving" a Nissan Altima. I actually just drove to the dealer and asked the guy to sign it so I didn't have to waste his time. He did, and I scored a deal.
I'm actually a bit of a wuss when it comes to putting my chips on the table. I rarely go for risky deals, so the ones I've mentioned weren't as good as some you might be willing to take. Also note that obtaining these deals would be nearly impossible if I didn't know what I was doing. Even the terminology involved with some of these deals can be overwhelming.
Here are a few terms you'll likely encounter while hunting for deals:
B&M - "Brick and Mortar", or "at a physical store". For these deals you're going to have to get out of that comfy leather computer chair and go to a store. Generally, deals mentioned with B&M cannot be redeemed online.
CYM - "Check Your Mail". This is usually used to notify deal seekers that their MIRs or GCs have been shipped.
OOS - "Out of Stock", or this deal is no longer available. OOS is usually used in reference to online stores to indicate that the deal has passed, but sometimes people will complain that their local store is OOS of an item, making a deal impossible to score.
PM - "Price Match", or you'll need to complete a price match (covered later in this guide) in order to obtain the best deal. Deals with a PM take advantage of a store's price matching policy. PM deals often result in excellent savings, but require a bit of work.
YMMV - "Your Mileage May Vary", or this deal only applies to some people and locations. These are common with OOS or older items and are almost always B&M only.
MIR - "Mail-In Rebate", or this rebate requires you to send off a UPC / receipt and will not be instantly applied to a purchase.