Filtering the Daily Deal Websites

by Guest

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Every waking morning, millions of Americans wake up to find their inboxes full of messages from sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, and Urban Dealight. Offers for 50 percent off authentic Lutefisk and 86 percent off a full body wax may be great for a really hairy Norwegian, but for the rest of the population, the daily deal sites are usually hit or miss.

There is no need to sift through an inbox full of mismatched deals when there are plenty of niche sites offering everything from imported Irish whiskey to hand crafted pottery from urban artisans. Here are a couple of the most interesting niche daily deal websites:

If you are in the market for something out of the ordinary, Woot is the place to go. Every day they offer a new, usually electronic type product of dubious utility. Accompanying the product is an often hilarious description of it and a comment forum which allows Woot users to state their opinion or simply mock the offer.

For those looking to become licensed sommoliers, The Wine Spies is a perfect place to brush up on your vino collection. Every day the site features a new bottle of wine at a steep discount; everything from Chardonnay to Chianti. The site also gives descriptions on the bottle such as the value, winery information, flavor profile, and suggested food pairing.

Probably not the best site for animal rights advocates or vegans, Leather a Day offers a high quality leather item at a huge discount as its daily deal. By subscribing to their email list you can find offers on things like wallets, belts, shoes, cell phone cases, and even saddle bags for your Harley.

For anyone looking to gain an advantage in the tech world, knowing where to learn new skills is a difficult endeavor. AppSumo sends awesome daily deals on such things as courses on PHP, WordPress theme packages, and CSS templates. Instead of spending a bunch of cash on a community college course, AppSumo brings the technical education to you.

The Daily Deal phenomenon has taken off in such a big way that major tech companies like Facebook and Google want in on the action as well. By subscribing to daily deal websites specific to your interests, you can take your hobbies and passions to the next level on the cheap.

This guest post is by Ryan Sandberg.

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Bryan at Pinch that Penny! September 14, 2011 at 10:28 am

I am ashamed to admit that I visit every day. While I don’t frequently buy those deals (although I do usually get suckered into the mystery boxes), I have an embarrassing number of shirts from

20's Finances September 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I was visiting woot everyday for a while, but then got into blogging. 🙂 is also a great resource.

Maggie@SquarePennies September 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I like to go to because they aggregate a lot of the deals and people rate them. Comments are there are very helpful to know if it’s really a good deal. I try to not go too often or I could save my way out of my budget!

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