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Schooby 4,151 January 21, 2004 at 03:38 PM in Mail In Rebate (7)
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Site-wide Rules that need to be followed by everyone are here.

Before Posting
I don't want to discourage people from posting deals, but simply copying/pasting regular sales aren't real deals. Get a feel by searching through the forum of what are good prices for the items, and only post if its cheaper than the going price.

How to Start a Thread
Once you have found a good deal and done a search to see that it hasn't already been posted you should find the appropriate forum for the item. Most deals will fall under Hot Deals, some in Freebies and others in Free Digital Goods. Then click the New Thread button toward the upper left of the forum and follow the instructions within.


What information should I include when I post a deal?
Try to include as much detail as possible in the title. Then expand on it in your post. General info to provide: expiration date of the coupon, minimum purchase requirements, site link, shipping and handling costs, and the coupon code. The more information you include, the better. Follow up if possible, so you can edit your post to include new developments. Be careful when using dashes in your post, they can make it seem like you are getting paid in the deal. (ie, .... chair -$59)

Shortened Links
Shortened link such as the bitly links aren't allowed as they can be used by spammers and people hiding the true nature of the page they are linking.

Crowdfunding Sites
Crowdfunding sites are not allowed.


Why is My Post Not Showing?
Threads and posts from new members go through a moderation process to protect our members from spammers. How long it take for your post to be moderated depends on how many moderators are on at the time and how busy they are.

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People who are bold aren't necessarily mods, they could be people with >100 reputation points. Look under the bars for a unique moderator/administrator title. The bars are also uniquely colored, different from any other users. To find out who the mods of the current forum are, scroll down to the bottom, they're listed there. Look at mine for an example of a Staff bar.

How to reach moderators
The best way to get a hold of us is to private message us. We can also be reached by email, moderatorname@slickdeals.net

Is Trading Allowed?
We have an Official Trading thread here You must follow the rules in the first post.

Repost!
If you spot a repost, provide a link to the original post.
Use ModAlert to report the post to the moderators.

If your post is hailed as a repost, don't be discouraged. Better luck next time!

Guidelines on Reposts
This is a deal site and people come here for the great deals. It is in the best interest of everyone that good deals get highlighted. Deals that get merged into giant and general threads tend to get buried where no one will find it. Therefore, deals that we (moderators and/or majority of users) think are good will be kept separate from general sales and master threads. We will also take time stamps into account when merging threads so if the original post is very old, it's less likely we will merge.

Deal is still good!
Do not create new threads to inform that another deal is still available. Replying to the original thread will bump it up to the top of the list.

To merge or not to merge...new guidelines. (again this is a work in process and reserve the right to alter the parameters)
If the OP is a week old and no one has posted in the thread other than the OP in the last 3 days we won't merge a repost into that thread.


Rebate involved?
Please include AR (after rebate) to indicate the final price after rebate.

Where to post?
Deal requests and questions belong in the Help Me Find a Deal forum.
Deals that are free belong in the Freebie forum.
Free Magazines belong in the Free Magazine forum.

If you want to post something that doesn't fit into any of the above categories try the lounge.

As always, if you have any questions, problems, or suggestions please visit the Suggestions and Problems forum. This is where you should also let us know if there is a technical glitch on the site.

Self-promotion & referrals are NOT allowed.
**Referrals are not allowed. This includes posting of referral links, asking for a referral, PMing referrals, having a referral link in your signature, or linking to any & all sites that contain referrals. It doesn't matter what kind of referral it is or whether you both get something out of it. This is a zero tolerance policy

Coupon rules
Please do not post scanned or altered manufacturer coupons. This includes coupons.com coupons. More detailed coupon policy here.

Ebay Listings
  • Top Rated Plus store rating with 10K+ rating and 98% positive feedback
  • Not Top Rated Plus Store with a 20K+ rating and 98% positive feedback + quantity >= 20 available. (cannot be smaller availability when posted). Expensive items such as a 4K watch or other in lower quantity will be discretion of mods to allow or not.
See thread on new eBay guidelines and discuss here.

3rd Party Amazon Merchant Listings
  • 3rd Party Merchants must have over a 1K Seller Rating.
  • DEs have the discretion to post deals from sellers with lower rating if they can vet the merchant to be sure they are on the up and up, not having been caught shilling on our site and know the merchant is reliable.
See thread on new 3rd Party Amazon Merchant Guidelines here.

Items from Adult stores
Slickdeals is a family site and we try to keep this at a pg-13 rating. That means any threads on sex toys will be deleted. Additional sub forums for adult deals will not be created since we don't want to be flagged as a pornography site by company filters.

Jokes & Off Topic Threads
These types of posts do not belong in the Hot Deals forum. Price mistakes such as "$9,999,999 keyboard" should be posted in The Lounge.
**Chit chat is more than welcome in the Lounge, and political discussion in the Podium. If it derails a deal thread, it will be removed.

Mod Alerts
We have updated the Mod alert system, now you can see any comments the moderator has made to the mod alert by going to quick links>mod alerts.

**If you feel something is against the rules, mod alert it instead of taking it upon yourself to correct the action.

General Ethics and Behavior
Treat other forum members with respect. Please don't flame others. We are all here for the same purpose - to find deals and to share the deals we find. Remember you were new at one time too so please just help the new posters instead of flaming them for a mistake. They could go on to be one of the better deal posters.

** Filters are in place for a reason. purposely bypassing them is not allowed.

** Do not take private issues between mods and members public. This includes warnings, bannings, thread/post deletion questions, and posting your warnings. If you have an issue, PM a mod to get assistance. If you feel like a mod has made the wrong decision, feel free to appeal to other mods or contact the CRM
Please refrain from using vulgar and/or explicit language.

Illegal activities are not tolerated here so please do not tell us about them. This includes any form of piracy.

Manufactured votes are against the rules and are defined as any vote made that is not made in good faith based upon the merit of the deal. Examples of manufactured votes include, but are not limited to solicited, automated, fraudulent or retaliatory votes. Deal Editors may decide not to Frontpage a deal if they suspect a deal of having manufactured votes.

Repeat abuse could result in:
  • Suspension of the OP’s account.
  • Suspension of the ability of those involved in voting for that OP.

Replying to a thread
When you want to reply to a message, either scroll down to the bottom of the page and type your message in the your reply box. or you can click the post reply button after the last message on the box. the new thread button creates a new thread and just creates more work for the moderators.

Reputation Points
Reputation points are a measure of good posts in the deal and tech support forums. Some users wanted some way to distinguish between great deal hunters and people who post a lot in the lounge and podium. Begging for points is frowned upon. If you wish you can disable your reputation points by going to user cp-> edit options -> show my reputation level. Conversely, if you reputation is not enabled you can do so by doing the same thing. Under usercp you can see who gave you your last 5 points and any comments they might have left behind. A grey box is from people who are newly registered to prevent people from creating additional accounts to give themselves reputation points.

To give reputation points click either the user's reputation points or the green box next to it.

Reputation points are enabled only in the deal, deal discussion, and tech support forums (temporary sub forums not included), trying to rep in other forums or in private messages will get you an error message.

Missing thread
If you were looking for a post/thread that is no longer there, odds are its been deleted. Feel free to pm a moderator to check. any thread asking why was my post deleted, was this post deleted will be deleted.

Thread Crapping/ General Attitude
In an effort to regain the friendliness the forums had when it opened we are instituting a new policy against "thread crapping." Thread crapping refers to any post such as this deal sucks, this isn't a deal and so forth WITHOUT backing it up. If you back up your statements with reasoning or links that is perfectly acceptable. Anyone bashing these type of posts will have their posts deleted. This also refers to reposts. If the deal is a repost, simply mod alert the thread with the link. The search isn't perfect, and reposts will happen. A simple mod alert and link can make it as painless as possible.

We are not trying to make it so you can't post any negative comments. Posting just this deal sucks doesn't help anyone. All it does is discourage the OP from posting deals again. Posting why something sucks can teach people more about the product and let them know what to look for in a future deal. Also, if a deal isn't for you, doesn't mean its a bad deal for someone else. An agp slot is a must have for gamers, but for people only using internet explorer and word, a 2-3 hundred dollar computer is more than adequate.

Remember, posting in a thread to say it sucks only bumps the thread and keeps it new. If you don't post anything, it just fades away.
We will also not tolerate attacks against other users. You are all entitled to your opinions, but if you have a problem with another user on this board do it privately through pm's. Doing it in a public thread will get those posts deleted and you will be warned. Keep in mind that PMing someone to work out an issue is not the same as using the PM as a personal attack; the later will not be tolerated.

Threads in the deal section are designed for deal discussion only. There are other forums on this site dedicated for you to share your opinions from computers to politics to anything else. Check out the lounge, podium, and tech support forums. Any off topic discussion will either be deleted or split off and placed in the appropriate forum.

Users who violate this will have their posts edited/deleted and be warned.

* Friendly reminder about links on this site. Those on the FP are vetted by us so you know they are safe. Any other content here coming from members are not always vetted by us so use good judgement and click through with caution like you should anywhere else on the internet.

**Final Reminder
These rules are a general guideline on what is acceptable. Just because its not specifically spelled out above, does not mean it's allowed. The moderators work in the spirit of the rules stated in order to keep a general flow to the forums.
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Tips on searching & preventing reposts
The best way to search whether an identical item has been posted, is by using an item SKU.

For example, for amazon, that would be the ASIN number (such as B000NJO3TC for example. For newegg it would be the NE number, (such as N82E16814130086) and for Dell it would be the A-number for electronics and accessories (such as a0973889) or configuration id for systems (such as brpc2fe for example). Those are all real items recently posted, search for them, and see what I mean.

The coolest thing is that search picks it all up from links, so even if a previous poster was challenged with making up a good title, or adding any additional information, but included the link, it will still be picked up.

Do NOT use "-" in your searches. Same goes for keyword such as "NOT" or "not". They are understood as negation modifiers, and will exclude the items. So if you are searching for say "Toshiba HD-A2", you should search for "toshiba hd a2" and not "toshiba hd-a2", because if you do - you will get results only for threads which contain "toshiba hd" and at the same time NOT contain "a2" in them (which kind of defeats the purpose of the search).

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Common abbreviations:

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I -K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y

- A -
  • AC - After Coupon
  • AFAIK - As far as I know
  • AFK - Away from keyboard
  • AIO - All In One
  • AMEX - American Express
  • AMZ or AMZN - Amazon
  • APM - After Price Match
  • AR - After rebate
- B -
  • B&M - Brick and mortar store (A physical retail store as opposed to an online merchant)
  • B1G1 or BOGO - Buy one get one free
  • BB or BBY - Best Buy
  • BBB - Better Business Bureau
  • BBIAB - Be back in a bit
  • BF - Black Friday
  • BFBS - Buy First,Think Second
  • BBL - Be back later
  • BIS - Back in stock
  • BOC - Bag Of Crap (for Woot)
  • BR - Blu-ray
  • BRB - Be right back
  • BRU - Babies R Us
  • BT - Bluetooth
  • BTW - By the way
  • BVG - Best Value Guarantee (Offered by some credit card companies)
- C -
  • CB - Cashback
  • CC - Credit card
  • CF - CompactFlash
  • CM - Cyber Monday
  • CPN - Coupon
  • CR - Credit
  • CSR - Customer service representative
  • CYA - See ya
  • CYM - Check your mail
- D -
  • DA - Deal Alert
  • DD - Deal discussion
  • DD - Daily Deal
  • DE - Deal Editor
  • DLC - Downloadable Content (add on content for video games)
  • DOD or DOTD - Deal Of The Day
  • DS - DailySteals
  • DS - Drugstore
  • DT - Deal Talk ( For Expired Deals)
  • DX - DealExtreme
  • DOA - Dead on Arrival
- E -
  • ECB - Extra Care Bucks (for CVS)
  • eGC - Electronic Gift Card
  • EPP - Employee Purchase Program (for Dell EPP)
  • ER - Easy Rebates (for Staples)
  • EXP - Expiration
- F -
  • FAR - Free After Rebate
  • FDG - Free Digital Good
  • FS or F/S - Free Shipping
  • FSSS - Free Super Saver Shipping (for Amazon orders over $35)
  • FSTS - Free Ship to Store or Free Shipping to Store (Walmart or Staples)
  • FTFY - Fixed That For You
  • FWIW - For what it's worth
  • FYI - For Your Information
- G -
  • GC - Gift card or certificate
  • GCO - Google Checkout
  • GCU - Gamer's Club Unlocked (Best Buy's gamer membership)
  • GDA - Good deal at
  • GPU - Graphics Processing Unit
  • GS - GameStop
- H -
  • HD - Hot deal, Home Depot, High Definition
  • HDD - Hard Drive
  • HSN - Home Shopping Network
  • HTH - Hope This Helps
  • HTPC - Home Theater Personal Computer
  • HU - Heads Up
- I -
  • IFO - In For One
  • IRC - Internet Relay Chat
  • IIRC - If I Recall Correctly
  • IMAO - In My Arrogant Opinion
  • IMG - Image
  • IMHO - In My Honest/Humble Opinion
  • IMO - In my opinion
  • IPS - In-Panel Switching
  • IR - Instant rebate
  • IRL - In Real Life
  • IWG - Instant Win Game
- K -
  • KC - Kohl's Cash
  • KC - Kohl's Charge
- L -
  • LAN - Local Area Network
  • LD - Lightning Deal (Amazon)
  • LMAO - Laughing my ass off
  • LMK - Let me know
  • LOL - Laughing out loud
- M -
  • MAP - Minimum Advertised Price
  • MA - Mod Alert
  • MC - MicroCenter or MasterCard
  • MFG - Manufacturer
  • MFP - Multi-function Printer
  • MFR - Manufacturer
  • MIR - Mail in rebate
  • MP - MasterPass
  • MS - Microsoft Store
  • MSFT - Microsoft
  • MSRP - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
- N -
  • NAS - Network Attached Storage
  • NE - Newegg
  • NIB - New In Box
  • NL - Newsletter
  • NM or NVM - nevermind
  • NIC - Network Interface Card
- O -
  • OD - Office Depot
  • OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer
  • OM - Office Max
  • OOP - Out of pocket or Out of Print
  • OOS - Out of stock
  • OP - Original Poster (author of thread)
  • ORIG - Originally
  • OT - Off topic
  • OTA - Over The Air
  • OTD - Out The Door
  • OTG - On The Go (USB OTG Cable)
- P -
  • P&S - Point & Shoot (cameras)
  • PC - Personal Computer
  • PC DD - Personal Computer Digital Download
  • PD - Popular Deal
  • PM - Price match or Private Message
  • PP - PayPal
  • PS3 - PlayStation 3
  • PS4 - PlayStation 4
  • PSA - Public Service Announcement
  • PSN - PlayStation Network
  • PSU - Power Supply Unit
  • PR - Price Research
  • PT - Product Testing or Price Tracker
  • P/T - Part Time
  • PU or P/U - Pick Up
  • PWYW - Pay What You Want (Humble Bundle deals)
- Q -
  • QA - Quality Assurance
  • QFT - Quoted For Truth
  • QPLR - Quoted Per Lounge Rules
- R -
  • RAM - Random Access Memory
  • RAOK - Random act of kindness
  • REQ - Request or Required
  • REG - Regularly
  • REP - Reputation or Representative
  • RFB - Refurbished
  • RMA - Return Merchandise Authorization
  • ROFL - Rolling on floor laughing
  • RR - Reseller Ratings
- S -
  • SASE - Self addressed stamped envelope
  • SD - Slick Deal or Secure Digital (SD card)
  • SDHC - Secure Digital High Capacity
  • SDXC - Secure Digital Extended Capacity
  • S/H - Shipping and handling
  • SIS - Site Questions, Issues or Suggestions forum or Still In Stock
  • SRP - Suggested Retail Price
  • SR - ShopRunner
  • S&S - Subscribe & Save (Amazon or Target)
  • SS - Stainless Steel
  • SSD - Solid State Drive
  • SYW - Shop Your Way (Sears)
  • SYWR - Shop Your Way Rewards (Sears)
- T -
  • TD - Thumbs Down or TigerDirect
  • TIA - Thanks in advance
  • TL - The Lounge
  • TLDR or TL;DR - Too Long Didn’t Read
  • TP - Toilet/Tissue Paper or The Podium
  • TRU - Toys R Us
  • TTYL - Talk to You Later
  • TU - Thumbs Up
- U -
  • UHD - Ultra High Definition
- V -
  • VCO - Visa Checkout
  • VPN - Virtual Private Network
- W -
  • WAN - Wide Area Network
  • WD - Western Digital
  • WiFi - Wireless Fidelity
  • WM - Walmart
  • WP - Windows Phone
- X -
  • XBL - Xbox Live
- Y -
  • YAFTS - Yet another free T-Shirt
  • YGM - You've got mail
  • YGPM - You've got a private message
  • YMMV - Your mileage may vary
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If you would like to recommend any additions
to this list please do so here - PM moderators.
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To respond to these kinds of posts, many regulars and veteran SDer's try to show how good or bad of a deal is, not only based on price, but also the reseller's rating. How does one do that? There are many here that have already established which places are best to buy at and which places to avoid.

But for unknown merchant sites, there is one, and possibly only one solution to knowing if this place is thumbs up or thumbs down: Reseller Ratings [resellerratings.com] This site's primary purpose is to show potential customers other user's experience with merchant sites. This is not a site in which is based upon 1 or 2 users but upon tens of thousands.

*If a site has a Reseller Ratings of 2.0 (out of 10) based on 150 reviews, common sense is to stay away no matter how "hot" the price is.

*If a site has a Reseller Ratings of 9.9 (out of 10) based on 100,000 reviews, then this is at least one site that will guarantee positive business.

I am not here to tell you where you should buy your products. I am here to recommend that OPs and other people should do research on various merchant sites without posting a "deal" blindly based on price. Reseller Ratings is a very valuable resource to check out. And in the end, the final choice is yours.
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Amazon A9 discount has been discontinued.

Thanks Killerz

Sorry mods for the double post, just wanted to make sure everyone got this information!! Delete it if you choose. hug

Hey guys! This credit goes to FW and it is an AWESOME thing. Instead of having to worry about using A9 to keep your discount, as most of us don't use it regularly, setting up this scheduled task in windows will do a search for you automatically every day and close the window when it is done. You don't have to do anything at all to keep your discount active! Make sure you are already logged into A9.com and it remembers your username or else this won't work. You also need to be enrolled as indicated here and A9 must be enabled in your preferences (Last option on the page)

1. Go into start menu: All programs-accessories-system tools-scheduled tasks

2. Right click and go down to new and click scheduled task

3. Name your task and then click it to open

4. In the run box paste "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" "http://A9.com/slickdeals" (you can change slickdeals to whatever you want it to search for. Also make sure you include the " " or else it won't work!!!)

5. Check the run only if logged in box

6. Click the schedule tab up top and enter the time you want the task to run (I set mine to a time I'm not usually awake like 5:00 AM)

7. Click the settings tab and make sure the stop task box is checked and set one minute as the time.

8. Click apply and you are all set! No more a9 maintenance.

Quote from redsolar View Post :
If you want it to be less obtrusive, use this command:
cmd /c "start /min C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\IEXPLORE.EXE http://a9.com/slickdeals"

It will start the window minimized, and it won't interrupt whatever you are doing.
If you can't figure out these instructions pm me and I will try to help you out.
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This thread got some discussion going.

That and the fact we have been trying to find a good rule of thumb for de-cluttering the HD forum of threads that are 80%-90% dead but prevent others from posting a deal in fear of a repost.

A thread could, and probably will, be moved to DT if:

1) Most of the items are dead.

2) The few items still alive aren't great deals *as in they aren't the items that really made the thread worthwhile.

3) It's been about a week since any real discussion on the deal has happened.


Also, this will be at mods discretion and keep in mind we cannot get through all older threads.




* To merge or not to merge...new guidelines.
(again this is a work in process and reserve the right to alter the parameters)


If the OP is a week old and no one has posted in the thread other than the OP in the last 3 days we won't merge a repost into that thread.

Our reasons are:
If someone creates a Deal Alert after the first thread is made and we just keep updating it they won't get a notification on the deal.
We want others to be able to hunt for deals too and participate in the community.

Most reposts are people who just stumbled upon the deal and aren't people poaching from the original. If we think someone is doing the latter we will deal with them individually.




Another issue came up recently and I wanted to address that.

If we have a thread for Amazon goldbox deal( for instance) and the OP links to the general sale and then lists several items then another member make a specific thread for one of those items we normally merge them. But as most of our rules go, this will be at mods/DE discretion. If the thread for one item seems suited for FP (very popular quickly) we may choose to leave them separate so that it can be more easily seen by the majority of the community.
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