questionswhat kind of deal do you like to see?

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Electronics, home stuff (mostly lawn and garden), entertainment media, travel, and miscellaneous. Mostly what I am looking for is something I want or need (or someone close to me wants or needs) at a price lower than I can get elsewhere and within my financial reach.

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I try to not buy things that I didn't know I needed, because I probably still don't need it.

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@pulsetv: I do, too, but it doesn't always work out well. You guys have to stop selling that really great glass cleaner; I'm about out of storage space. My next tactic is to tell myself it'll make great holiday gifts.

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I look for things I can need or can't resist (or that family members would like), at a lower price than elsewhere. Above all, I look for a genuine deal which involves a sale price, a discount coupon, or free shipping (when 'free shipping' isn't the company's usual policy).

With some financial reason to buy something, there's no impetus for me to buy it now.

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For me, a deal needs to be a lower price than I can find elsewhere. It also needs to have free shipping, or the shipping cost needs to be posted so that I don't have to jump through hoops to figure out the total cost.
When a merchant posts a deal with no shipping info, I tend to assume there's a reason they haven't included that information.

My absolute favorite deals are on household items that I use a lot of. There's nothing better, in my world, than saving a nice chunk on something you know you're going to use, like coffee or cleaning products, for example. My grocery bills have dropped dramatically since I started using online deals to stock up.

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@mamajamerson: Yes, I agree with everything you say, plus the actual price needs to be in the title. Saying "50% off" does nothing for me. I want to see "$N.NN". I find that those that only state percents are usually starting from an inflated price and are often higher priced than I can get locally. If they don't post a price, there is a reason and I don't even look at those any more.

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@bigelowb: I somewhat agree with what you've said. For sure, a percent off discount sometimes leads to prices higher than can be found elsewhere at regular price.

I disagree, however, when the % off is at a well-known retailer. If it's a 15% discount at Macy's, for example, I know not to bother because I'm far too cheap to pay their prices even at 15% off. But, if it's the same discount at, say newegg, it may well be worthwhile.

And, if the discount does not exclude sale or clearance items, I am definitely gonna click and see what I can find. An example of that - just before Christmas last, Carson's offered such a discount. I ended up getting myself 6 sweaters for $20 with free next-day shipping. That was so good, I cried a little.

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Lower price deals now that all day $5 shipping is gone.

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One of the synonyms of deal is bargain, and that is the type of deal I look for. For example, say a car tire is normally $25 each. Sometimes you need just one, but usually you need four. So calling "four for $100" a deal would be incorrect in my opinion. Another tactic commonly used is "buy three, get the 4th free". Assuming the price of the three comes to $75, that's a deal. Raising the per price to $33, now it isn't a deal, we're just back to normal price with a pretty face painted on.

Another check to see if it is a deal, what was the price yesterday, and what will the price be tomorrow? If today's price is the same, it isn't a deal, it's just business as normal.

Also, as mentioned a percent off on something insanely marked up means nothing. Every jewelry store in the nation has an 85% off sale every single day. Big whoop, not a deal if you mark it up 1000% and then mark it down 85% of that price.

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@mybestuser1: I have to correct myself. Lower price in relation to value of item. A deal is not a deal if the shipping makes it too expensive.

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I like to see stuff that I like to buy.

Kidding.

But seriously if there's some item I've been thinking bout... i.e. let's say I want a new hair dryer (don't really need one, just want a new one for whatever reason)... if I see a deal for something my "want" might turn into a "need" and I may end up having to buy it.

I'm the queen of rationalization when it comes to unnecessary spending.