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2. What qualifies as a Hot Deal?
3. Posting Guidelines
5. Rebate Software
back)This forum is for users to post a hot deal they have found on the web or a local store that they think might interest other members.
FAQ 3667 should include a clear definition of the categories that belong here as opposed to in the Non-Hardware Deal forum.
back)Anything which offers you savings over the retail price. Free is always good, significantly discounted is quite acceptable also. If any other inducements are being offered by retailer (free extended warranties, free gift certificates etc), feel free to share those also.
2. What qualifies as a Hot Deal?
got feedback?back)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)
got feedback?back)We have no way of knowing whether you are/aren't the seller. If you want to help someone find something on ebay - post a link to the general search, or tell them what keywords to use when searching.
back)In addition to the posting rules for this site, the following is provided:
3. Posting Guidelines
•There will be absolutely NO thread crapping. If someone posts a Hot Deal for a Canon scanner, thou shalt not chime in with HP is better.
•Please DO NOT vote up a thread. Threads in this forum are not archive worthy, as they are useless once the deal is over. However, feel free to use the thumbs up to show approval for a particular poster.
•If you have a question about obtaining the item, or are having problems finding the deal, by all means post a question. But leave the chit chat, I'm running down to the store to get one right now and the "me too's" out of it.
•As for products you purchased as a direct result of a post you read here, if you received a rebate, or have a question on a rebate, START A NEW THREAD, with a link to the original, instead of bumping up the old thread. Also, make sure you put [OT] in front of the topic title so everyone knows that your post isn't a "hot deal".
•There are many other forums on DSLR that are for the technical discussion of computers and related equipment. Those forums should be utilized to make an informed decision regarding a purchase. The Hot Deals Forum is NOT the forum for such discussions.
•Posts that do not fall under the posting guidelines of this forum are at risk of being deleted at the discretion of the forum hosts.
•The decision to lock a thread is not treated lightly by moderators and the reasoning is NOT OPEN FOR DISCUSSION, it's usually pretty obvious if you've read the forum guidelines
•No referral code's embedded in links. Referrals raise questions about the reason for a post, and offer a personal gain off other's purchase.
•When possible please make sure to include all relevant data in the subject line such as price, rebate information, etc. Here's an example:
Refurb Henway $19.95 @ Compusa A/R S/F
•Please do not use TinyURL, or any other type of forwarding URL service that hides the original URL.
got feedback?back)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!
got feedback?back)Prior to posting, please use the search feature to see if your contribution has already been posted.
got feedback?back)Please include AR (after rebate) to indicate the final price after rebate.
»Re: [ OT] FAQ with Rebate Center Phone Numbers
got feedback?back) The Bizrate Guide is a great site to find reviews and customer ratings of stores all over the web and is updated daily.
Resellerratings.com is another good source.
got feedback?back)A- A -
AFAIK - As far as I know
AFK - Away from keyboard
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 - Best Buy
BBL - Be back later
BBIAB - Be back in a bit
BRB - Be right back
BTW - By the way
BVG - Best Value Guarantee (Offered by some credit card companies)
- C -
CC - Circuit City
CC - Credit card
CPN - Coupon
CSR - Customer service representative
CYA - See ya
CYM - Check your mail
- D -
DD - Deal discussion
DOA - Dead on Arrival
- F -
FAR - Free After Rebate
FWIW - For what it's worth
FW - Fatwallet
- G -
GC - Gift certificate
GDA - Good deal at
- H -
HD - Hot deal
HSN - Home Shopping Network
- I -
IRC - Internet Relay Chat
IIRC - If I Recall Correctly
IMAO - In My Arrogant Opinion
IMHO - In My Honest/Humble Opinion
IMO - In my opinion
IR - Instant rebate
IRL - In Real Life
- L -
LAN - Local Area Network
LOL - Laughing out loud
LMAO - Laughing my ass off
LMK - Let me know
- M -
MFG - Manufacturer
MFR - Manufacturer
MIR - Mail in rebate
- N -
NIC - Network Interface Card
- O -
OD - Office Depot
OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer
OM - Office Max
OOS - Out of stock
OP - Original Poster (author of thread)
OT - Off topic
- P -
PM - Price match
PM - Private Message
- R -
RAOK - Random act of kindness
RMA - Return Merchandise Authorization.
ROFL - Rolling on floor laughing
- S -
SASE - Self addressed stamped envelope
S/H - Shipping and handling
SD - Slickdeals
- T -
TIA - Thanks in advance
TRU - Toys R Us
TTYL - talk to you later
- W -
WAN - Wide Area Network
- Y -
YAFTS - Yet another free T-Shirt
YGM - You've got mail
YGPM - You've got a private message
YMMV - Your mileage may vary
got feedback?back)Some retailers will let you buy an item at the (lower) price that a competitor is charging. Exact policies vary by store. Many stores or sales reps don't follow the policies to the letter, which could be an advantage or a disadvantage to the customer. Since the implementation of PM policies are inconsistent, all deals involving a pricematch are your mileage may vary (YMMV).
got feedback?back)American Express's price matching program available on some AMEX cards. Buy an item with your card and if you see it advertised in print for less within 60 days, AMEX will refund you the difference. For more details, search the forums for BVG. You should read through a deal involving BVG before asking questions.
got feedback?back)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.
5. Rebate Software
Moderator note: This is not our endorsement of the program or verification of any claims that it makes. This is simply a site member's recommendation. Thank you.
got feedback?back)**When you mailed a rebate request
**How much money you 're expecting to receive
**When your rebates are overdue
**How much you actually paid for items after rebate, coupons, and postage costs are deducted
**Which rebates are still pending
**How much money you saved using rebates
got feedback?back)You can download Rebate! Rebate! from PcWorld at »www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_d···1,00.asp