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RULES, FAQ, TIPS, Store Contact Info, Common Abbreviations
Welcome to Slickdeals! If you are new here and would like to learn more about Slickdeals, our most popular forums, how to set a Deal Alert, and posting your first deal then please head over to our Slickdeals 101 section and watch some of our video guides.
- Before Posting
- Starting a Thread
- Post Not Showing
- Broken Links
- Recognizing Moderators/Admin/Staff
- Contacting Moderators
- Where to Post
- Jokes & Off Topic Threads
- Mod Alerts
- Reputation Points
- Missing Thread
- Customer Service Help From a Merchant
- Shortened Links
- Crowdfunding Sites
- Repost Guidelines
- Deal Still Valid
- Merge Guidelines
- Self-promotion & Referrals
- eBay Listings
- Amazon 3rd Party Merchants
- AliExpress Seller
- Facebook Marketplace
- Banned Merchants
- Adult Stores
- General Ethics and Behavior
- Manufactured Votes
- Thread Crapping/General Attitude
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 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 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.
Why are links on this site broken?
Click here and follow the instructions to fix your link problems.
General usage comments
Prior to posting, please use the search feature to see if your contribution has already been posted.
How to create a Hyperlink
There is an excellent tutorial on how to create a hyperlink posted here.
How to recognize moderators/admin/staff (Note: the colored bars are only visible in Classic View. In other views of the site, badges indicating a moderator or staff account are all the same color.)
- QA Team (light-green bar)
- Sr QA (dark-green bar)
- Moderator (light-green bar, moderates certain forums)
- Global Moderator (dark-green bar, moderates all forums)
- Sr Moderator (dark-green bar)
- Front-page Deal Editors (purple bar)
- Sr Front-page Deal Editor (deep-purple bar)
- Administrator (red-bar)
- Staff (deep-red bar)
- Web Developer (blue-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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Is Trading Allowed?
We have an Official Trading thread here You must follow the rules in the first post.
If you spot a repost, provide a link to the original post.
Use ModAlert to report the post to the moderators.
* It's not considered a repost if the information is not part of the OP, FP or Wiki before the new thread is made.
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. If the first thread is a FP deal the DEs can use some discretion.
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
Please do not post scanned or altered manufacturer coupons. This includes coupons.com coupons. More detailed coupon policy here.
- 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.
- Deals posted from major corporate or manufacturer marketplace accounts (like Adorama Camera or the Jockey Store) as well as deals on the eBay Daily Deals page.
Personal eBay listings are never allowed.
See thread on new eBay guidelines and discuss here.
Amazon 3rd Party Merchants
- 3rd Party Merchants must have over a 1K Lifetime Seller Rating.
- The product for sale must have at least 50 reviews.
- DEs and Slickdeals Staff have the discretion to post deals from sellers with lower rating. This will only happen after they have thoroughly vetted the merchant. Moving forward once they have been posted by the DEs or SD Staff then we know they have been vetted and members are free to post them as well.
- If a merchant is large enough/well known, mods have the discretion to allow it even if the product does not have 50 product reviews.
AliExpress Seller Guidelines
Starting today we have a new guideline regarding AliExpress seller deals.
Deal Editors have the discretion to post deals from AliExpress sellers after they have thoroughly vetted the merchant.
Moving forward, once that merchant has been vetted and posted by any of the DEs, then we know they have been vetted and members are free to post them as well.
*Why did we make this guideline?
Many sellers on AliExpress are individual sellers who fall under self-promotion and thus almost all AliExpress threads have previously been removed.
This new move will allow more AliExpress deals to be shared with the community from those sellers who we find to be reliable sellers and who are able to offer our users very good quality product at excellent prices.
See thread on AliExpress Seller Guidelines and discuss here
Facebook Marketplace Deal Guidelines
As you may have noticed we have started seeing deals come through from Facebook Marketplace.
While we want the best deals for the membership we don't want people to post their personal listings.
These are the guidelines:
- Deals posted from major corporate or manufacturer marketplace accounts (like Adorama Camera, Daily Steals or Best Buy) will be allowed.
- If we have FPd the merchant in the past through another source we will allow them to be posted again. We would have considered them a merchant in good standing to FP them the first time
- Personal Facebook Marketplace listings are never allowed.
Some sellers, brands, manufacturers, services, websites, etc are barred from being included in posts on Slickdeals. Posts for these entities will be removed upon discovery and the poster will be notified. Repeatedly posting content that includes a banned merchant even after being notified of that merchant's disallowed status may result in the poster being warned and/or banned. In some cases, the blocked name will be automatically replaced in the post with "urlhasbeenblocked". When this happens, Mod Alert the post to be removed by the Moderators. Removing the blocked name to bypass the filter will result in a warning.
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.
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.
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 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.
Reps cannot be required as part of a trade. If someone reps another as a thanks for a trade, that's fine, but you cannot ask for one.
If you offer to rep in trade, that's fine. If you say "reps appreciated, after trade complete", that is fine.
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.
Need Customer Service Help From a Merchant?
If you have issues with an order you can check the list in the wiki of this thread. If the merchant name shows up it should link to their profile page. Please send them a Private Message and see if they can help you. Always make sure that the person you contact has the SD Verified badge. It means that we did verify their connection with the merchant.
* 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.
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.
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).
This post can be edited by most users to provide up-to-date information about developments of this thread based on user responses, and user findings. Feel free to add, change or remove information shown here as it becomes available. This includes new coupons, rebates, ideas, thread summary, and similar items.
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