Slickdeals, our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award winner, offers a comprehensive listing of hot deals that can appeal to any bargain hunter. Their hot deal listings are organized by their date of postings and each deal listing shows a brief description on the main web page. At first glance the site may not be as visually appealing as other hot deals websites. However, if a visitor clicks on one of the date handles then the listings will expand to show more detailed descriptions alongside images of each deal.
Slickdeals.net offers some interesting features not found elsewhere. It has a forum, mobile content, coupon codes, and a blog. The forum is probably the best feature offered by the site. It allows any registered visitor to post deals or review deals already posted. There is an extensive listing of deals and bargain stores, although they're not quite as exhaustive as the number usually found on the top deals site, Dealnews.com. Perhaps the greatest feature of Slickdeals is the inclusion of a forum where anyone can post up-to-date messages about any particular hot deal found elsewhere or listed on the site. Visitors can also review deals through the forum.
When a visitor examines each deal, he or she will see that there are comments left by others. This is a great feature where each deal can be reviewed or discussed with others. Sometimes deals may expire without prior notice and a review or post by a visitor can be the first notice of such an occurrence. Another possibility is that an item being discounted can be sold out from the vendor. This happens a great deal with some hot deals and a notification of the deal being sold out or expired can save time and even confusion for other visitors.
One example is the daily deals typically offered by Dell.com. These deals can be very nice bargains and will sell out early in the morning. Unfortunately, many vendors may not leave notice that the item was sold out or even expired. Some vendors may just leave an error message stating that the page is missing. Notification of an expired deal from the deal site itself can be very helpful in these situations.
Deals are typically listed from the latest date backwards. The hot deals listed are from a wide range of product categories. Many deals can be found on computer systems, clothes, silverware, even a space shuttle. More deals can also be found by visitors in the forum section of the site. Unfortunately one weakness of the site is that deals cannot be sorted by their item categories or by vendor.
The wide range of different types of items with deals listed is very diverse. One can find hot deals from every type of product including computer systems, clothes, food, games, toys, HDTVs, and even travel specials. There are also listed many posted deals by visitors in the forum. Top deals are listed on the right side of the main page as well. Sometimes the wide variety of deals can be daunting but each group of deals usually number only five to ten posts at most, making it easy to browse each day’s hot deals.
Navigating the site was easy with the easily viewable links to many of the site’s features and sections. Each page is broken down into subsections highlighted with bold text titles for easier reading. Shoppers can easily browse the deal listings with the sections highly visible. In the coupon section, shoppers can move their mouse cursors over each deal which will result in the listing being highlighted with a slight blue color, helping to make the entry more visible. This is a unique feature not found on other deal sights.
Slickdeals.net offers two levels of descriptions; a short version and a more elaborate description. On the main page, most hot deals are shown in an abbreviated version with just a brief title and deal information. However, when the date bar plus sign is clicked on, each deal for that date or day expands to show more elaborate descriptions. This two tier system can help by presenting information for those that like to briefly scan through hot deals without having to read a great deal of text. Once a deal is found, a visitor can then select the '+' sign to view more details about that deal.
The information presented under each deal listing was found to be very accurate in terms of each deal’s terms and any conditions that may exclude the discount. Certain deals may have extra requirements (or exclusions) that need to be followed in order to acquire the deal price. Each description is precise and accurate to a high degree.
Each hot deal listed has options for visitors to report expired deals or those that might be inaccurate. This helps the site managers to keep most of the postings updated with the most current deal information and item status. The site owners are very good at providing notifications for each deal listed that has expired. Some deals are updated within minutes of becoming expired.
The Slickdeals forum is another area where many deals are posted that may not be found elsewhere. The information gained from posted messages can show deals that are brand new and unheard of by others. This can be very helpful where inventory numbers are limited on specific items on sale or being discounted.
The deals listed are very good offers with many bargains to be found. The forum offers even more deals that can be very unique since individual visitors can post any type of deal within reason. This is one area that Slickdeals.net has a leg up over Dealnews.com. Coupon codes are also posted with some great deals to be had. Some of the better coupon codes included discounts for Dell, Sony, Buy Cosmetics, and other companies.
As one of our favorite Hot Deals sites, Slickdeals.net offers a tremendous value for bargain hunters. Its hot deals and coupon codes can save anyone a great deal of money if utilized quickly. The site does an excellent job of displaying the most current information on each deal and updates are constantly posted. While the best deals may go fast, at least a visitor can see which deals have expired while browsing through the deals.
Slickdeals has a multitude of site features including its excellent forum section, and only a limited amount of advertising. In fact, Slickdeals.net had some of the fewest ads seen on a hot deals site. On the other hand, it displayed a higher ratio of text to graphics than other deal sites. Some visitors may shy away from having to browse through a multitude of deals in the form of text postings. While some images are included with the deal postings, they are often smaller than the images of items found on other deal sites. However, for many visitors or bargain hunters, such an omission may be worth the price of more qualitative deal postings than many deal sites offer with splashier graphics.
The great strengths of Slickdeals.net are in its accurate, up-to-date deal listings along with the forum deal postings. Both together help catapult Slickdeals over its competition. While it may not have won the top review spot, it managed to climb over many other competing hot deal sites. Many visitors regularly utilize Slickdeals.net on a daily basis, including some that check it on an hourly timeframe. The navigation system is easier to utilize than the other deal sites, allowing each visitor to browse through deal listings without having to read through lengthy descriptions until a specific deal is found.