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Yipit: Get the Best Daily Deals
Who needs Daily Deals?
Online shopping is never too much of a good thing. Everyone craves a bargain, but no one wants to exceed their credit limit. To that end, web sites spring up like mushrooms under the front porch of a country store that stocks a lot of mushrooms and some of them get spilled.
Visiting every online daily deal web site becomes problematic unless one has a government job. Real wage earners are under pressure to actually earn wages in order to shop sites such as Woot, Groupon, and Overstock. The concept of a one-time-only opportunity with a relatively short lifespan tends to attract millions of virtual shoppers every day. Lunch breaks, coffee breaks, and mid-morning cruller breaks are often spent bathed in the glow of computer screens, credit cards at the ready. One never knows when a fantastically wonderful purchasing opportunity will pop up, but browsing all the popular deal-based web pages quickly consumes time that should be spent in productive activities.
YipIt comes to the rescue of exhausted online shoppers who crave sale prices but don't have the time to surf all day long. The good folks at Yipit have consolidated all the best sales into one convenient location on the Internet. There's no need to spend all day browsing for bargains, unless you really want to.
How does YipIt work?
We don't know how it works.
Actually, we do know how it works because we have a degree in Computer Science, but for the purposes of this treatise we'll assume it's pure magic. Earnest shoppers don't need to understand the software programming, database design, and systems analysis underpinning YipIt web pages. It's all good, but it's far too complicated for average online buyers. YipIt gets you the information you need to make informed spending decisions: just sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labors.
What does YipIt do?
YipIt scrapes up daily deals from popular web sites and presents it in a mostly understandable format on a single page. It's filterable and it's free. You, as an average shopper, have the unique opportunity to recapture huge hunks of your life that would otherwise be spent perusing numerous web pages for a few attractive deals that might be gone in a few hours.
What are the categories?
The ability to filter YipIt results offers great utility. Numerous sub-categories aggregate into four broad categories :
- Home, and
- Special Interest.
A nifty "Check All" feature allows users to simultaneously select all sub-categories in a single category. Alas, there is no "Check All" that spans all the broad categories.
Categories overlap and may tend to confuse over-thinking shoppers. For example, "Electronics" includes a sub-category called "Home Theater" and "Home" contains an "Entertainment" sub-category.
You have to subscribe, sort of.
An email address is the cost of admission. Actually, YipIt immediately provides you with information without validating your email address. In truth, your email address is never validated. To be honest, Yipit begins transmitting short-lived deals to your inbox almost immediately but doesn't ask for anything in return. No validation link is forthcoming. The deals flow in, but YipIt doesn't seem to care if you exist or not.
At the bottom of each email is an unsubscribe link, but simply providing your email address to the site is considered by YipIt to be a validated opt-in. We expected an introductory email containing a link. Instead, the deals simply started arriving.
Who is playing?
YipIt claims to be monitoring over 480 web sites on a daily basis. Spending only one minute on each individual site would consume over 8 hours of otherwise potentially productive time. Unless you're a Kardashian with a Platinum card, YipIt may be a viable alternative.
Our first 'subscription' filtered the deals by "Computers & Accessories" to the exclusion of all the other categories. We immediately received one single solitary deal: Amazon was offering a Toshiba portable hard drive. It was marked down from $49 to $34, about 30%. According to YipIt, the deal would be dead in 14 hours.
We visited the link on the Amazon web site. To our experienced shopper's eyes, the deal didn't look all that 'daily.' It looked more like average ongoing pricing that would probably persist until the item was out of stock or the manufacturer dropped the wholesale price. Amazon made no mention of an expiration date.
Maybe we were wrong. We don't like to be wrong, but in the interest of pure research, we executed a little Google search on the sale item. A brief perusal of a few major web sites indicated that the same item actually did cost quite a bit more elsewhere. PC Connection. NewEgg, and Provantage all offered the item for $49 or more.
YipIt is a great consolidator for daily deal sites. Don't spend your useful life surfing the endless plethora of individual one-time-only offerings. Look for sites, such as YipIt, that provide useful summary services.