Hot deals spread across the Internet in much the same way an epidemic does, starting at the epicenter and moving across the dealfinding community in p ...
Hot deals spread across the Internet in much the same way an epidemic does, starting at the epicenter and moving across the dealfinding community in predictable patterns. Unfortunately, unlike a virus, by the time the deal reaches the edges of the dealfinding community, it’s often too late to catch it.
The epicenter of the deal is the retailler itself. Someone discovers the great sale or the combination of the sale and the coupon. Almost invariably, wave one occurs as the deal hits either www.fatwallet.com or www.slickdeals.net, the two major dealfinding boards on the Internet. If the deal is truly hot, it will be posted on the second website within mere moments of being posted on the one on which it originally appears. Since the two posts occur so close together, they can be considered together as wave one.
Wave two happens as people begin posting the deal on other dealfinding boards, the two of which I frequent are www.dealagogo.com and www.pinchingyourpennies.com. Wave two posts generally contain links to the wave one posts, which contain the actual links to the retaillers.
Wave three is when bloggers and other dealfinders catch wind of the deals and begin posting about them or calling their friends and family to get them in on it. Needless to say, by the time wave three washes in, the deal is often dead or close to dead. Indeed, dealfinders often have to choose between spending their time getting the deal themselves, or letting other people know about it. Because of this, I often don’t post about hot deals on here; I figure that anyone who’s actually interested is probably watching the same dealfinding boards I am and thus already knows about it, and anyone else probably won’t get there in time and will just be bitter and disappointed.
That said, I’ve had enough requests to post about hot deals on here that I’m going to start doing so. They’ll probably be very short– a title that tells you what is and a hyperlink to the thread that describes it– but if it helps other people land some hot deals as well, then that will be great.