Finding and Evaluating Deals Online

For the cash strapped startup, it is often important to find the best value at the lowest cost. Here is a collection of web sites that can help you find and evaluate deals. The services I cover are generally geared towards the tech entrepreneur.



    • Even if you are leery about buying from eBay sellers, this is a useful starting point to find out the current market value of an item.
    • is perhaps the worlds largest classifieds service. You can often find the item you are looking for locally; if not, you can get an idea for how much a certain item is being sold.
    • This is an online auction service that has been around for ten years. Like eBay, you will have to work for your deal, but it may be worth a try.
    • This is an owned classifieds service. There is already a great amount of activity here and I assume that growth will continue.


    • If there is a service you need, and you don’t want to waste time looking through directories, post your request at and business will bid to serve you.
    • If you need to hire a freelancer, may be your solution. They claim to have over 600,000 freelancers available for hire.
    • Here you will find the same service as with; however, appears to have much greater traffic (at least according to


    • I have been using this site for years and it has consistently been a source of quality deals for me.
    • This website comes highly recommended by several of my friends and associates. According to, it is much more popular than
    • While Google is not an aggregation service, you will likely always find some comparative pricing on most items you are looking for.



    • At consumers provide ratings and reviews for a large variety of products.
    • allows users to leave ratings and comments for products sold on their website. The reviews are also rated by the community.


  • Consumer Reports
    • They are a non-profit organization that rates and reviews a variety of products.
  • PC World
    • Here you can find both hardware and software reviews.
    • At, you can often find in-depth reviews on the latest hardware.


I usually find that when I need a deal, it is nowhere to be found. To save time searching, you may want to set up RSS feeds for your favorite deal aggregators in Google reader for easy searching.

Often you can find valuable items at a very low cost, using the resources above, that you don’t need. In those cases, I suggest you purchase those items and use them as giveaways whenever you host an event or as an online prize.

To determine if a company is legitimate to buy from, I will first Google them, then check the BBB and finally, take a look at their ranking.

This list is comprised of web sites that I have found personally useful. If you know of some services that have saved you time and money, please feel free to list them in the comments.

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