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I predict that Slickdeals will die a death very soon

4,752 December 16, 2017 at 08:52 PM
For a very long time I was addicted to SD in the same way that people are addicted to Facebook and Twitter. Always checking it on my phone/Tablet/laptop/PC. That has stopped. Why? There are no slick deals any more. Right now the top 100 "hot deals" read like an issue of Red Plum... which for me go straight to recycle. How do so many non-deal get 5 thumps up? There is no way to usefully discriminate the very few deals worth reviewing. SD... you have jumped the shark. I am very sad to conclude that for SD... the end is nigh.

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Trends come and go, but saving money is never out of style. People have been using SD for many years, and it is my personal belief that it will continue, largely because we have such great members. We are currently ranked as the 2nd most popular deal site, so I don't forsee us going anywhere but up Smilie

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OMG such smug complacency! Now I know I'm right.
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I'm sorry you see it that way. I don't at all. I am just confident in the site I use and support. Smilie
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Didn't that moderator "what's-his-name"@fatwallet said something similar right before...

And FW was #3 or 4 on the list of popular sites. Plus as members branch off into sub-groups, blogs, and personal sites, deals on SD becomes more and more trivial.
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Healthy discussion and opinions are good. Thank you for sharing yours. Smilie
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For a very long time I was addicted to SD in the same way that people are addicted to Facebook and Twitter. Always checking it on my phone/Tablet/laptop/PC. That has stopped. Why? There are no slick deals any more. Right now the top 100 "hot deals" read like an issue of Red Plum... which for me go straight to recycle. How do so many non-deal get 5 thumps up? There is no way to usefully discriminate the very few deals worth reviewing. SD... you have jumped the shark. I am very sad to conclude that for SD... the end is nigh.

Discuss.
Those Red Plum inserts have saved me a lot of money at the grocery store over the years Wink If you don't really want to see those types of deals on your front page, you can exclude them. That would help you to maybe see the deals that you do think are worth it.


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Didn't that moderator "what's-his-name"@fatwallet said something similar right before...

And FW was #3 or 4 on the list of popular sites. Plus as members branch off into sub-groups, blogs, and personal sites, deals on SD becomes more and more trivial.
Fatwallet had their own issues, which are totally different than SD. I used to visit FW also, but they changed too many hands in too many bad ways and lost sight of their own users unfortunately. SD's primary focus is still its users. As for those blogs, groups and personal sites. those are more specialized generally. So far SD is still one of the few places that you can find all type of deals not just niche ones that are on those blogs and groups.
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I'll get back to my original point... with so many people posting so many not-very-good deals it's tough going to find the worthwhile deals. That's a relatively recent phenomenon in my opinion and could bode a turning point.
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I'll get back to my original point... with so many people posting so many not-very-good deals it's tough going to find the worthwhile deals. That's a relatively recent phenomenon in my opinion and could bode a turning point.
That's broad and subjective. Let's find out what you consider "not-very-good deals" that many people are posting and what you consider "worthwhile deals". Do you have examples we can discuss further instead of generalizing.

Slickdeals community services all age groups, gender, different interests and even salary range from the unemployed to the wealthy so I am pretty sure what may be important deals to some may not be important to others.
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Slickdeals community services all age groups, gender, different interests and even salary range from the unemployed to the wealthy so I am pretty sure what may be important deals to some may not be important to others.
And therein lies the rub! You're right, deals are subjective and the vast majority of "hot deals" here now are IMHO anything but hot.

Also, another tell-tale sign that I'm not in the mainstream may be the fact that I have zero time for the front page - that's where the most uninteresting "hot deals" appear. The deals there are simply widely available and advertised sale items. The real savings are often YMMV and not easily reproducible by people unwilling/unable to put in a little work and as such those deals don't qualify for FP.

I guess I'm just having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that SD is no longer a "hot deals" site but rather an eCommerce sales re-director.
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Hot Deals > Sort By: Thread Started

If you have any better ideas you can always build your own deal site. Would love to see what you have to contribute.
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Hot Deals > Sort By: Thread Started

If you have any better ideas you can always build your own deal site. Would love to see what you have to contribute.
Probably very little - there just aren't many hot deals around... maybe one or two a day... certainly not 100's.
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I search the first 6 pages of Hot Deals at least once a day, and I find something of good-great value 3-5 times per week, minimum. And I'm picky about what I buy.

I predict SD will still be here, going strong in 2023 (5 years from now). Wanna wager?
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