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Slickdeals 101: How Deal Alerts Save You Time and Money

Deal Alerts take the time consuming part out of deal hunting.


If you've ever wondered how some Slickdealers always seem to find great deals before anyone else, we can shed some light on that mystery right now. Deal Alerts are one of the most useful tools on the site. If you prefer a more hands-off approach to your deal hunting, or just want to cover more ground, you should definitely be using this feature to find deals that net you big savings.

What Are Deal Alerts?

Deal Alerts allow you to easily set up personalized notifications for products or brands that you're interested in. Whenever a new deal is posted that matches your search criteria, you get a notification. Looking for an iPad Mini? Create a Deal Alert and decide if you want to be notified instantly or in a daily round-up email. That's it. As soon as an iPad Mini deal is posted in our forums, you will be the first to know. This way you don't have to keep checking the site for new deals; we do it for you.

\/ Click this button to create a Deal Alert! \/

How Do Deal Alerts Work?

When you add a deal alert to your list, the system begins to monitor new deals that are posted. As soon as it finds a new deal that matches the alert criteria, a notification will be sent via email, private message, site notification, and/or mobile push. You decide how and when you want to be notified. If you spend a lot of time on Slickdeals, site notifications might work best for you. If you're someone who's always on the go, mobile push notifications or email might make more sense.

How Do You Create Deal Alerts?

It's simple -- all you have to do is enter a search term in the same way you would if you were searching for a deal. Type the keywords or product name into the search bar and click "Create Deal Alert." You may further customize your alert by adding specific stores, brands or categories to narrow down the results. Notification methods and rating thresholds may also be modified.

For instance, if you only want to be notified when there's a really great deal, you may set the rating threshold to "Frontpage" so that only the top deals that match your criteria will be sent your way. Additionally, we have a list of the top 10 alerts created by our community members, which means you can add these Deal Alerts to your list with just one easy click.

Why Is it Such a Powerful Tool?

Did you know that our users contribute approximately 12,000 deals per month? There's just no way anyone can keep up with that many deals, and that's where Deal Alerts come in handy.

We created this platform to enhance your overall shopping experience by helping with the deal hunting part. Setting up a Deal Alert means that you don't have to waste time day after day searching for the best deal. Just go about your day and notifications are sent as soon as a new deal is posted.

To create your first Deal Alert (and many more to come), click here. For tips and tricks on how to improve your keywords, please visit this thread.



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Yuugotserved is an avid Slickdealer who has been deal hunting since 2007. He enjoys reading tech blogs and finding the best discounts on the latest tech and electronics. When he isn't browsing Slickdeals, he enjoys binge watching shows and cooking.

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My deal alerts do not even last a day. How are deal alerts made that function for a week (or a month) without having to press resume several times a day? Thank you.
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Could we please get back the "see current matches" link when creating/editing an alert? It was very useful for tuning an alert so it wouldn't hit on too much stuff.
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I have the same problem that quickeye describes. My deal alerts essentially expire when I log off. The next time I come in, they are already expired. So they don't work at all as intended.

Also, where is the option to view threads that match a deal alert (as described by ChadBroDeal)? That was one of the most useful features of the old site.
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Is there a way to add a wild card to deal alert searches?

For example, i want to create an alert for GTX 1060, 1070, or 1080, but unless i create separate deal alerts for each one, the alert would only fire if the post has all three cards.

Is there a wild card for this, for example "GTX 10^0"?

Thanks!
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Could we please get back the "see current matches" link when creating/editing an alert? It was very useful for tuning an alert so it wouldn't hit on too much stuff.
Thought I was going crazy, I swore this existed and I was looking for it but still unable to find it. Guess it wasn't re-added.

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If you are in your deal alert page, scroll down towards the bottom and switch the view to "Classic View" !
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Can we have some kind of regular expression? Even simple wildcards would help. Thanks.
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Thanks for the awesome tips and for the videos during Part 2 of SlickDeals 101, appreciate you looking out for the good deals for us!
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Is there a way of configuring an alert so it only triggers when it matches the title of the post and not when it matches the body?
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I would like to be able to change the "standard" settings on my deal alerts that I create.
So for example, when I search for something and click the " Add a Deal Alert for XYZ" button/link, i'd like the standard notification settings to be "email, site, mobile", and to give me any notification, regardless of deal rating.
Currently, it always defaults to deal rating of +2 and notification types "email, PM, mobile". So I have to edit the deal alerts each time after I create them.
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Is there a way of configuring an alert so it only triggers when it matches the title of the post and not when it matches the body?
There is a link to tip and tricks that explains how to do exactly that in Slickdeals 101: How Deal Alerts Save You Time and Money.
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When I'm trying to add a new deal alert, nothing shows up on the page. For example, I tried adding alert based on keyword "Destiny 2" and by clicking on "PS4" in top 10 alerts, but no new alerts were created for me.
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When I'm trying to add a new deal alert, nothing shows up on the page. For example, I tried adding alert based on keyword "Destiny 2" and by clicking on "PS4" in top 10 alerts, but no new alerts were created for me.
I'm having the exact same problem. I used to have some deal alerts, but I deleted those. Can we get some help on this issue?
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How do you add multiple keywords to one Deal Alert?

For instance, my deal alert is for "Home Automation" but would like multiple keywords like "Smartthings", "Zwave", "z-wave", "Zigbee", etc. but I get an alert to Append or Replace the current keyword. If I append, ALL the words must match the criteria and if I replace it replaces the one keyword currently there! The whole idea with a "+" icon and the description of "ADD another keyword, brand, etc." means to ADD another keyword, not append or replace. Just like others, it's a bummer that I have to setup 4 different deal alerts for this one category.
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Can we exclude keywords? e.g. I'd like to get alerts for iPhone, not iPhone cases, so I'd like to exclude 'case'
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