Cheap Internet Deals
by Paul Jackson
Once upon a time you had to spend all day digging around the flea market for amazing deals. Cheap Internet deals are now the norm for consumers looking to save money.
What was once intended to be a way for various bodies of government to communicate with each other has become the world's largest discount sale. If you know where to look, you can save tons of money on everything from mouse traps to luxury cars, from truffles and champagne to canned hams and orange soda. No matter what you're shopping for, you can bet there are cheap Internet deals to be had.
You see people lining up at clothing retailers in the mall for percentage off sales, especially around the holidays. The Internet should be the number one shopping venue for people like this -- consumers looking for cheap clothes. Run a web search for "cheap clothes" and you'll be presented with more options than you could possible visit in a day. Besides traditional retailers online presence that often have Internet specials, there are resale shops like The Fifteen Dollar Store that carry brand name clothing at remarkably reduced rates.
The Fifteen Dollar Store is just what it sounds like -- a collection of clothes all priced at fifteen dollars. You can find popular brands like AND 1, Claiborne, Ecko Unltd, Kenneth Cole, and others all at ridiculously low prices. We're not just talking about shirts and shorts -- The Fifteen Dollar Store carries accessories like sunglasses, wallets, and even watches. I just picked up a nice Kenneth Cole wallet as a gift -- and of course, spent only fifteen bucks plus shipping.
This is just one cheap Internet deal on clothes -- there's also the clothing section at Overstock.com, cheapkidsclothes.com, and many more. Just search for "cheap clothes" and you'll have a wide array of deals available to you in no time.
We've all received those illicit emails in our inbox advertising all kinds of prescription medication without the need for a doctor's consultation. That's not the kind of cheap medication deals I'm talking about here. You can buy your medication on the Internet (completely within the boundaries of the law) at a much reduced rate. Not only can you get your own prescriptions much cheaper online, but you can get medication for your pets at a greatly reduced rate as well.
Websites like DrugStore.com have been in operation for years providing cheap medications to consumers who have grown tired of overpaying at the pharmacy counter. DrugStore.com's prices are competitive -- I fill my prescriptions with them and have never had an incidence of a late delivery, a mistake on the prescription, and certainly no legal troubles. Based in New Jersey, DrugStore.com also supplies over the counter remedies, holistic medicine supplies, even pet medication and "erotic supplies". I hate to use the phrase "one stop shop" -- but DrugStore.com can do everything but wash your clothes.
Another growing area of cheap Internet deals on medication is ordering prescriptions from Canada. Only recently, Americans gained the option of ordering prescription drugs at deep discounts from Canadian retailers. Websites like CanadaDrugs.com and CanadaPharmacy.com offer legal prescriptions for non-controlled substances at low prices. Ordering prescriptions from Canada is safe (as long as you use an accredited online retailer) and often much cheaper than purchasing your drugs from a retail pharmacy.
Frugal Restaurant Dining
When I discovered that restaurants in my area offer discount gift certificates through online retailers, I was excited. I enjoy eating out almost as much as I enjoy cooking, so to find $25 gift certificates to my favorite local sushi bar for around $10, I knew I'd found one of my new favorite cheap Internet deals.
Restaurant.com offers coupons for thousands of restaurants across America -- restaurants in your area make special deals with Restaurants.com (and other coupon retailers like Valpak.com or Entertainment.com) to offer all kinds of specials, from buy one get one free to cheap gift certificates, as well as the ability to make reservations at hard to get into eateries.
Whether you're looking for 50% off at your favorite national chains like Chili's and Outback Steakhouse, or coupons for free drinks at the local hole-in-the-wall dive bar, cheap Internet deals on restaurants and bars are all over the web.
We've looked at specific deals from around the Internet -- but the best deals on the web are often at sites like Overstock.com or eBay. These giant Internet retailers offer the widest product variety and some of the lowest prices you can find. Sites like this are fun too. eBay is well known as a kind of web-based garage sale. You can find cheap products ranging from antique furniture and jewelry to CDs, books, and other gift ideas all at prices set by customers. Auction sites are perfect for cheap Internet deals because the price is set by the consumers. If you happen to catch an auction at eBay right before it closes, you can swoop in and claim great products at a discount that you set yourself.
Retailers online like Overstock may be less "entertaining" than auction sites (because they sell direct without the need for an auction) but the discounts are almost unbelievable. TVOverstocks.com bills itself as "The best TV products, overstocks, and more . . ." and their prices are some of the lowest you can find. Looking for an expensive Dyson vacuum? TVOverstocks.com has them at about half the price you'd pay in a bricks and mortar retail store. How do they do it? Most of these retailers depend on large shipments of unsold merchandise from other retailers -- they buy the products in bulk at a discount and, though I hate to say it, pass the savings on to the customer.
There's another category of stores that offer cheap Internet deals on just about anything -- sites that collect the best deal from around the Internet and put them all in one place for easy browsing. DealCatcher.com is one of these sites -- they find great deals at online retailers that you might not normally expect to offer good deals in a retail environment. Today, for instance, DealCatcher.com is highlighting a diamond ring from Macy's for nearly $150 off the retail price, as well as deals on electronics, computers, school supplies, etc.
Finding these online retailers that offer products from all categories can make your holiday or birthday shopping that much easier. Look for great online deals the easy way -- by browsing retailers that offer cheap Internet deals on just about everything.