On its associated blog, Fusedeals, states quite simply that the purpose of their site is to "share information about deals and bargains from other websites".
(click to enlarge) The site layout conjures up images of no-nonsense tech sites and ye-olde Bulletin Board Services. While perhaps seeming a little intimidating for first-time users, the layout is entirely appropriate to the purpose of the site. No pretty pictures, just deals in plain text, with mouse-over boxes containing enlarged details.
How It Works:
The site features a number of feeds from various discount shopping deal sites. The idea is very simple, yet infinitely functional - the latest deals on one single page, automatically updated throughout the day so you can snag the deals.
The deals feature anything from Laptop computers and HD connect cables to sets of dumbbells and cutlery. You simply click on the deal and end up at the site where you can purchase almost immediately. For some of these external sites you will need to register and sign in before adding items to your cart.
Here's an example of the site in action:
If you were to click on the following deal featuring a Toshiba HD-DVD Player:
You would then be transported to the featured ad on Gottadeal, one of the sites providing feeds for Fusedeals. When you click on the item you will be transported to the original sales site, in this case - Amazon.com where you can buy the product.
Daily Deals frequently update throughout the day and the sheer coverage of shopping sites makes this a powerful tool for finding the best deal. Make sure you check out the external online stores before buying "blind". A little bit of research will give you peace of mind when purchasing goods online.
I would love to see a search engine of some sort included on the site. I understand that this may be difficult or impossible using feeds. Also, it would be great to see deals grouped into categories instead of grouping by the deal websites. But these suggestions may possibly overcomplicate a simple and effective concept.
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Tuesday, May 08, 2007