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Top 5 Slickest Deals of All Time

oFlamingo 3,855 March 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM
One of the new features of the Slickdeals Frontpage is the number of votes and comments that now appear on frontpage deals. The theory behind this new feature is that perhaps showing this additional information will entice our users to be more active in rating our deals. Maybe we were right on point with our theory because on the first day of our Frontpage revamp, we had a deal break into our Top 5 Slickest Deals of All Time! Monetarily, these haven’t been the deepest discounts we’ve offered, but for some reason, you have loved them and for that, so do we!

5. On March 20, 2012, the $10 Amazon Gift Card For $5 broke into our Top 5 Slickdest deals of all time with 2,356 votes and 3,405 comments! The deal was from AmazonLocal, but the $10 gift card was redeemable for the main Amazon site as well. Unfortunately, the deal was so popular that all the gift cards were sold out even before the end of the workday.

4. On December 29, 2009, the Free 3-month Trial of Amazon Prime was the Slickest deal of all time. Amazon membership usually costs $79 for an entire year, and at that time only included the free 2-day shipping. It has since evolved to include unlimited instant streaming of movies and TV shows and instant access to Kindle books. The Free 3-month trial took six specific stealthy steps to claim, but 3,246 users thought it deserved a thumbs up.

3. August 19, 2011 was the equivalent of an iPad launch day with a twist for the HP TouchPad which sold for $100 - almost a third of its retail value. Ironically, it was not a launch of the product, but instead the day that the product was announced to be discontinued. Sure can’t beat a $100 tablet though, according to the 3,543 votes that the deal received.

2. Days after Amazon invested in emerging deal site LivingSocial, Amazon invested a good $175 million to get users to sign up for the Groupon competitor. On January 18, 2011, LivingSocial offered $20 Amazon.com Gift Card for $10 which caught the eye of 3,782 of our users.

1. And the Slickdest deal of all time comes from *drum roll* Amazon.com...again. For free Amazon Prime Membership...again. What can we say? The words “free” and “Amazon” resonate so well with our users that 3,969 of you guys voted for the deal. One year Free Amazon Prime Membership for College Students hit our Front Page on July 12, 2010 and has been the Slickest deal of all time for almost two years now!

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Principles of Marketing

1. Amazon + Free = Sold
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I still think the SAVE300 deal was the best. My friends and I all got 3 nights, flight, and shuttle ride from the airport for $3.19 via Expedia error.
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i guess if by biggest you mean most widely utilized then you are correct.
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I think my slickest deal was the Chase Southwest-airlines card.
50,000 free points upon signup and paying the $89 yearly fee up front.

I cashed out the rewards points for $600 worth of amazon gift cards and then cancelled the credit card.
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Quote from drleephd View Post :
i think my slickest deal was the chase southwest-airlines card.
50,000 free points upon signup and paying the $89 yearly fee up front.

I cashed out the rewards points for $600 worth of amazon gift cards and then cancelled the credit card.


lol! Well done!
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I would agree, the amazon free student prime for a year or so kicked *ss. I got so many things shipped not only free but in two days or less for the last year and a half or so. Every time I purchased something online, I always made sure to check Amazon first to see if qualified for prime. I posted it in my alumni forum and it made me the coolest kid on the block for awhile. I miss prime Frown
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Best deal had to have been the 42" Plasma 1080P Panny, Xbox360 Holiday bundle, and a Panny BluRay player + rebates for around $700 at the time.
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Amazon buying LivingSocial is news to me!
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Fujifilm FinePix S2950 Camera for $20 from BB (retails for around $150)... Snagged 6 with instore pickup... 6 units for less than the price of one...That's a freakin' smokin' deal in my book!
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great one, never found this before!!
thanks for sharing.
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Irrespective of vote, HP touchpad for $99 is the winner for me Smilie
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Quote from jessicadeal View Post :
I still think the SAVE300 deal was the best. My friends and I all got 3 nights, flight, and shuttle ride from the airport for $3.19 via Expedia error.
My favorite deal also. Night at Ceasers Palace +flight for 2. For $40. Used the $20 trick I learned here and got a nice room upgrade...
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HP Touchpad is the winner for me too. I wonder if that thread is stlll up LoL i kinda miss it right now.
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The slickest deal of all time also involved Amazon, but it absolutely obliterated any of the measly deals on the list above. Back in 2004, AOL gave away $100 Amazon gift certificates just for trying out AOL for 50 days for FREE!!!! I used 5 different credit cards and basically received $500 for absolutely nothing!!!!! To this day, I still can't believe how stupid AOL was in giving away money without any sort of obligation.
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