Shopping Steals & Deals
When you shop online, you want it all: trusted merchants, help finding precisely what you want, and low prices--at supersonic speed. These sites deliver.
Comparison shopping: Shopping.com (formerly known as DealTime.com and currently the owner of Epinions.com) combines product price comparisons with review information, such as store and product ratings, from Epinions.com. You can compare products, prices, and store reviews in a flash, and then make your purchase. Enter your zip code if you would like the site to include shipping costs in its price comparison calculations. Shopping.com's product finder tool allows you to browse by price or brand.
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NexTag provides quick price comparisons similar to BizRate's, but covers fewer stores. PriceGrabber, which you'll find at PriceGrabber.com and on partner sites such as PCWorld.com's Product Finder, supplies store ratings, but from fewer consumers and for fewer stores than BizRate. You can save yourself time when shopping for bargains by signing up to be notified via e-mail when the price drops below the threshold you specify; Nextag.com provides a similar service, but Shopping.com and BizRate do not.
Froogle.com, Google's shopping site, displays prices but not store or product ratings. Nevertheless, Froogle's advanced search option can be helpful when you want a particular product, don't know what its name is, but do know a word likely to appear in the product description.
Complaint sites: Complaints.com just doesn't cut it for me--it has too few reviews, and the content sometimes feels as dated as the PCs I've relegated to my attic. Instead, try ConsumerReview.com or its sibling sites like PCPhotoReview.com for current product and store ratings, and first-person takes on the products.