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Slickdeals Ambassadors: We want you!

What the heck is a Slickdeals Ambassador?

A Slickdeals Ambassador is a deal hunting evangelist who advocates saving money and making your dollars go further. An Ambassador is a champion of smart buyers and is a mentor to all, spreading the word of the great deals and awesome community at Slickdeals.

Ambassadors work as undercover operatives; they serve the working man, spreading the overriding message of the Slickdeals movement: Citizens, you don’t have to pay retail.

The Great American Money Pit

By: Richard Smith (SD User: dittyesq)

August 27, 2010

In the 1986 comedy The Money Pit, Tom Hanks and Shelley Long discover all the joys of homeownership — from collapsing staircases to toppling chimneys to… money, money, and more money needed to fix it all. The film’s never been exactly a critic’s favorite, but in today’s housing market, does serve as a metaphoric for what’s happened to the whole concept of ownership.

Not to put too fine a point on it, owning a home costs a whole lot more than you think.

Now That You’re a Freelancer


By: Gabe Goldberg (SD User: Gabegold)
August 19, 2010

…the real fun starts: finding work, determining what you’re worth, and negotiating to get it.

Congratulations, you’re now running your personal marketing and sales department. I hope it’s not a surprise that the world — new clients — won’t magically beat a path to your door.

There’s no single path to freelancing success. But being visible, accessible, credible, valuable, and personable are all key ingredients. Plus, of course, it helps to offer something unique in your niche.

If you’re in an urban area, find organizations — professional, community, volunteer, etc. — where likely prospects hang out. Don’t emphasize groups where your peers and competitors gather: while it’s useful to know and network with them, they’re not likely your prime source of business.

Entrepreneur/Freelancer — Living the Fantasy Life?


By: Gabe Goldberg (SD User: Gabegold)
July 16, 2010

Breathes there the man with soul so dead, who never to himself hath said: to be or not to be, a freelancer or entrepreneur (with apologies to Sir Walter Scott AND William Shakespeare).

The modern version of this, of course, is “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”. Meaning that other people’s circumstances may seem more desirable than our own, but in reality are often not.

Free Plus Free Shipping: One Can of Inflation Bogeyman Repellant


By: Richard Smith (SD User: dittyesq)

July 1, 2010

In our last column, “Boo! The Inflation Bogeymen Awakes,” we discussed the many, many reasons why Americans should prepare themselves for an inflationary future — and the few, less-discussed reasons why that bogeyman is a total hoax.

But… in keeping with the Boy Scout, any good Slickdealer will want to “be prepared” against the eventuality that the bogeyman turns out to be real. If “There Be Dragons” laying in wait out there in the economy, what can you do to avoid seeing your savings devoured? That’s the subject of today’s column.

Boo! The Inflation Bogeyman Awakes


By: Richard Smith (SD User: dittyesq)

June 3, 2010

There’s an elephant in the room, Slickdealers, its name is “Inflation.”

Across the country, fears run rampant that America is about to awaken in the middle of the night, and find the Inflation Bogeyman sitting at the foot of our national bed. (Presumably, with bared fangs, and drooling.) The Fed and Treasury have been running the national printing press 24/7, most famously spilling out $700 billion in TARP money, and according to a recent report by the GAO, undertaking to borrow some $3.1 trillion (that’s right. With a “T”) over the last two years.

Should we create a merchant deals forum?

Executive Summary

  • Slickdeals is bigger now than it has ever been, which makes us a desirable place for merchants to post deals.
  • We have a rule against merchants posting their own deals because we want to keep Hot Deals free from spam.
    • Sometimes, deals are posted that we suspect come from merchants.
    • When we are unable to verify this suspicion, we err on the side of allowing good deals.
    • This policy forces us to either hide potentially good deals from you or allow merchants to break our rules.
  • We are considering creating a new forum where merchants could post.
    • We would require merchants to apply for official merchant accounts.
    • By requiring official accounts, we could hold them accountable for bad behavior (urlhasbeenblocked).
    • We could also easily and transparently track which merchants are providing good deals.
    • This would provide a strong incentive for merchants to create quality deals for you.
  • We want to know how you feel about it before we do anything.


Stock Market Investing: Your How-to Guide


By: Richard Smith (SD User: dittyesq)

May 18, 2010

In recent weeks – ever since we published a column on the evils of full-service stock brokers, in fact — we’ve seen a small flood of inquiries from slickdealers asking about the stock market. How do you start investing on your own? Where do you find information on stocks… and on mutual funds and ETFs?

Creative Griping Makes Friends and Brings Rewards


By: Gabe Goldberg (SD User: Gabegold)
April 16, 2010

Creative Griping Makes Friends and Brings Rewards

In a perfect world, there’d be no problems with hardware, software, or services; businesses would be fully staffed with articulate human beings ready to accommodate all requests, and every product would meet or exceed customer expectations.

But that’s not how things work on planet Earth in 2010. Instead, things break quickly or are badly designed; customer service is outsourced to far-away lands; and even when they’re accessible, company staff often isn’t responsive.

Temporary Outage

Hey guys, sorry for the hiccup. It looks like between Thursday, Apr 08 to Friday, Apr 09 at 23:00 to 00:55, we had a temporary outage caused by our internet service provider.

Our servers remained online and healthy, however their connectivity to the internet was lost. At this time, it seems no data was lost. For our technically inclined folk, the datacenter technicians reported that there was a power hiccup which caused some issues in the core routing and networking hardware. (Maybe those hamsters got tired…)

We apologize for this inconvenience and will work promptly to try to ensure that we are more prepared for this kind of outage, so that this does not occur again in the future.

Thanks for your patronage!