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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Looking for Mr. P

Or, how a fool and her money are soon parted.

Forbes recently reviewed a bunch of blogs, including eight shopping blogs. Except for Mighty Goods, I was surprised to see so many I hadn't heard of. Following are some of the shopping blogs I subscribe to, but not mentioned by Forbes:

  • More Stuff 4 Less Bargain Blog. They basically ferret out the deals at places such as Dell, Buy.com, Amazon, and Circuit City, among others. This is the first shopping blog I discovered, and the one I'm most loyal to. I've been reading it for about a year and a half, and have bought several things at Amazon through them.
  • Woot!. I'm shocked Woot didn't make the Forbes cut. Woot is considered, by some, the darling of the shopping blogs. Woot offers one deal per day, nothing more, nothing less. Some days you want the deal. Some days you don't want the deal. Some days the deal is so hot, it gets sold out in minutes. Some days the deal is so lame, the only way to get rid of it is to give it away with another deal another day. I'm the proud owner of more than one lame deal through Woot!
  • Uncrate. Only recently did I start reading Uncrate. So far, I can unequivocally state it is great place for the sophisticated shopper with a black American Express card, neither of which I am. Most of the stuff is out of my price range. Occasionally, though, something comes along I can afford. I just have to decide if it's something I really need. And if I want to part with the money. Like the Mr. P Keychain, for instance. I like the Mr. P key chain. I'm pretty sure I could make good use of the Mr. P key chain. But, do I want to part with $12 just to acquire the Mr. P keychain. That is the question.*
  • Cheap Ass Gamer. Ahh, what can I say. I've been a fan of CheapyD since we were kids growing up together in the West Texas dust bowl. We'd play tic-tac-toe in the dirt for weeks at a time, and Cheapy, his face all grimy and tear stained, would look wistfully up at the dirt filtered sun, and whisper, "there's got to be a way to get rich off this shit." Yeah, Cheapy, there is. (Note: I just made that up, have never actually met Cheapy, and hope he's not offended.)

*Although Mr. P is very much on my mind, I'm successfully resisting the urge to buy him. It.

Posted by Marie at July 27, 2005 10:05 AM


So what have you bought from Woot! Spare no detail.

Posted by: Kem White at July 27, 2005 9:31 PM

Well, since you asked. I think the first thing was a ridiculously dirt cheap Kensington monitor stand with attached articulating keyboard thing. With that I got a free Microsoft wireless keyboard. I'm not sure what the next thing was, but whatever it was, it also came with a free wireless keyboard. Then, one day out of the blue, they sent me another free wireless keyboard. At Christmas I got my brother the Woot! t-shirt, but, I'm sad to report, it did not come with a free wireless keyboard. Apparently, they finally ran out.

Except for the out of the blue one, the other free keyboards were actually contest winnings where the last numeral of my order number matched the last numeral of the NYSE close, before the decimal, that day.

Posted by: Marie at July 27, 2005 10:09 PM