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Posted January 1, 2015 by Staff

Welcome to Our goal is and has always been to provide you with the best deals and coupons for many of your favorite online and offline retailers. Our site is updated many times each day with new deals and coupons, so please bookmark the site and come back often for the latest deals. In addition, we have one of the largest message boards online dedicated to saving you money in all aspects of your daily life. Our motto is "Why Pay Retail?" and we run the site with that in mind. We believe you should do whatever possible to save money whenever you are purchasing something, whether it be online or in a local store, and we're here to help you be successful with that goal.

The site launched on January 1, 2004 and quickly became one of the most respected deal sites on the internet, surpassing sites that had been around for much longer. In designing the site, we took what worked on other sites, but got rid of what didn't, to create the ultimate destination for deals. In addition to the main site full of deals and coupons from retailers like and eBay, we have a very large, friendly community forum where you can find more deals - both online and offline - or just chat about everyday life. So check out the deals here and then join us on the forum.

The site has become famous (and despised by some major retailers) for our annual coverage of Black Friday where we provide copies of the highly anticipated Black Friday sale ads weeks and sometimes months in advance. We also have a very large and active Black Friday message board which we are extremely proud of. Join us each fall (the site opens in September) and get all the info here first. The Black Friday site has been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, NBC News and literally hundreds of other media outlets.

We have designed the site with simplicity and fast navigation in mind. We try to keep any extraneous advertising to a bare minimum so there is more room on the screen for deals and coupons. The row of links in the upper header of every page will take you to most site features, and we offer several ways of customizing what you see on the screen. On the right side of many pages is a list of the most popular online coupons we have on the site, determined by the number of clicks they receive from our visitors. We also have a recently improved mobile version for browsing the site on your cell phone.

In addition to boards focused on online and offline deals and bargains, our forum has dedicated message boards for topics like freebies, technology and much more. We also have a board where anyone can post a request for a specific deal on something, and our helpful community will do our best to help you out, even if you are new to the site! You may have experienced other deal site forums where newcomers are made to feel inferior and unwelcome. That is definitely not the case here, and many of our forum members will tell you that this is the only site they visit because of the great atmosphere.

We invite your feedback as well, so if you have any questions, comments or suggestions for improving the site, please contact us using the form on the site. Our primary goal is to become your number one source for deals on the internet, and with your help and feedback, we believe we can do it. So thank you for visiting, and once again, please bookmark the site, tell your friends and family about us, and please come back often.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do you actually sell the items I see on
A. No. We merely compile the best bargains available online from various retailers. You are actually buying these items from the merchants directly, and therefore any questions you have regarding an item should be directed to the actual retailer.

Q. How come when I click on a deal, the price has changed?
A. Prices at online retailers can change very frequently. They are not like traditional brick & mortar stores in that prices fluctuate wildly, sometimes even on an hourly basis. We post the price the items were selling for when the deal was posted.

Q. Are deals only posted here on the main web site?
A. has two main sources for the latest deals. The first is the main home page. However there are also many more deals posted daily by our forum members. Click here to view those deals on the Online Hot Deals sub-forum.

Q. Will the Black Friday @ site be open this year?
A. Yes! For the 10th year in a row, we will be the top source online for Black Friday information. Our site will open once again in August or September, but if you can't wait, chances are there is some early Black Friday discussion going on in the forum.

Media Appearances has been featured in hundreds of newspaper, magazine, radio and television stories over the past decade, specifically for our popular Black Friday site. If you are a member of the media and are interested in doing a story on or online shopping in general, feel free to contact us using the form here on the site. We're always happy to help.

Here are some of the places you may have seen us mentioned lately. In the future we'll have archived versions of many of these news stories posted online for you to browse:

  • USA Today
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Detroit Free Press
  • The Chicago Tribune
  • Los Angeles Times
  • The Washington Post
  • The Arizona Republic
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Time Magazine
  • SmartMoney Magazine
  • CNN Headline News
  • The CBS Early Show
  • Yahoo! Tech
  • CNET News
  • CBS Marketplace
  • MSN Money
  • The Consumerist
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