bargain-hunterThe rise of E-commerce has all but obliterated the old way of shopping. Not only that, but it has rendered the old methods of bargain hunting obsolete as well. No longer does finding a hot deal mean sitting at the kitchen counter and clipping coupons out of a magazine or newspaper. These days, the Internet provides those in search of a discount, deal or giveaway all the resources they could possibly need and then some.

Of course, the sheer abundance of the various coupon websites floating around in cyberspace is enough to make the head of even the most ardent deal junky spin. Also, not all coupon sites are created equal. So with that in mind, here are some of the top websites that should be of value to even the most discerning of online shoppers.

RetailMeNot

This site offers an extensive list of daily and weekly deals. The exorbitant numbers are the result of loyal community members submitting each and every coupon and discount found on the site. It could therefore be said this is a website designed for shoppers by shoppers.

FatWallet

This site is similar to RetailMeNot in the sense it offers an abundance of deals. It aggregates offers from retailers throughout cyberspace and places centralizes them in one place. Not only that, but the site offers a cash-back incentive that aims to put money in consumers’ pockets. All that’s required is to sign up to the site and create a user account. Once a transaction at a participating retailer is complete, money is then added to cash-back account.

Giveaway of the Day

Those who have ever outfitted a new laptop or desktop with new program suites knows all too well the prohibitive costs of computer software. Cue Giveaway of the Day. This site is unique in that it focuses solely on offering free downloads of useful computer software. Want photo programs? Hard drive cleaners? Media converters? This site has them all. Basically they offer free downloads of everything from basic planners to video editing software.

SlickDeals

This site emblazons great deals on their home page all day every day. The best part is that each deal is that community members vote on each and every offer so only the most legitimate and genuinely great deals make the cut. With a site like this, there’s no need to go on detailed searches through extensive databases because the best offers are front and center for all to see.

PriceGrabber

One complaint among discount aficionados is that there are simply too many out there. It’s an all-too-common occurrence for a shopper to think they’ve scored a great deal on a sweater or laptop only to find the same item on offer somewhere else for less money. Price grabber compares prices for an item across the whole of cyberspace and filters the results by cost and location.

FreeShipping

Products are one thing; it’s the shipping costs that can really be murder on a pocketbook. The remedy is FreeShipping, a site that offers many discount codes for retail shipping services. It covers a wide variety of sites and products.

Woot

Woot is a good site for those without the time or inclination to pour through the endless daily deals out there. Simply put, Woot offers one good deal per day on an item determined that day. The appeal of Woot’s “one item” approach works because the site generally finds the biggest steals for a single item in all of cyberspace. Thus, these items usually sell out quickly.

By implementing a few of these sites into an overall shopping strategy, bargain hunters should be able to further maximize savings on quality items while even saving cash on shipping during the process.

Robert Langdon is a professional blogger that writes for Great Deals. GreatDeals.com offers thousands of deals at hundreds of retailers across the web.

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