dealnews Staffers Gush About Their Proudest Purchases

By Alison Barretta, dealnews Senior Content Editor

You might think the daily grind at dealnews would make the staff jaded toward any and all discounts, but it's quite the contrary — we get just as excited about finding the perfect buy as our readers! And just like that friend who loves to proudly demand that people guess how much she paid for her dress, we also love to brag about our most memorable purchases from the site. Once we hit that "submit order" button, we'll tell anyone who will listen about our conquest: Family, friends, pets, the pizza delivery guy, and even perfect strangers on Twitter.

For example, I scored a $50 credit to EN Japanese Brasserie for $25 via Google Offers. I had seen (and purchased) the same offer from Groupon a year ago, so I was thrilled to see this deal appear again. EN is one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in New York City, and I plan on taking the train to Manhattan one Sunday morning for a delicious brunch (with my credit in tow).

So what else on the site has made the dealnews staff's heart skip a beat?

Molly Griffin, dealnews Ireland
Brother LC-61 Compatible Cartridge 8-Pack for $7 + free shipping

Molly's parents often wondered what exactly it was their daughter did for a living. (Professional shopping does seem suspect.) So, during a recent visit home, she managed to give her mother and father a perfect example of how dealnews can be used, while also saving them nearly $80 and a trip to the store. Their home printer, a Brother LC-61, was in need of ink. Instead of letting her parents trek across town for supplies, Molly showed them what a quick search for that model number on dealnews yielded. As a result, mom and dad not only nabbed some ink on the cheap, but also gained a newfound appreciation for their daughter's career choice.

Kristen Hains, Content Editor
5dot Carrying Cases, Sleeves, and Backpacks for $4 + free shipping

Kristen is in the process of preparing for the new school year, and her son is reportedly prone to going through school bags "faster than Lady Gaga goes through meat dresses." Fortunately for Kristen, a generous selection of 5dot backpacks were heavily discounted during her pursuit. (She saw the same bags retailing for $40 at her local Walmart that same day!) Now Kristen's son has a collection of high-quality backpacks to last him until after college. Meanwhile, Kristen notes, "With the money I saved, I can work on weaving that bacon sweater vest for my son for the first day of school."

Nathan Cox, Content Editor
Skyway Sigma 2 20" Duffle for $6 + free shipping via Prime

At $6 shipped and a $24 price low, Nathan thought he had stumbled upon a price mistake. Fortunately, the deal was valid, although it barely lasted half an hour. With all of the traveling he's been doing lately (including a move from Alaska to Alabama), Nathan figured an extra carry-on bag would be wise to have. Plus, the bag is a size convenient enough for long weekends, and could ultimately save Nathan more money by avoiding costly airline baggage fees.

Chuck Phillips, Content Editor
2 Star Wars Sandwich Cutters with Vintage Tin for $10 + free shipping

"Sheer awesomeness" is why Chuck purchased this Star Wars-inspired bundle, which includes sandwich cutters shaped like a Millennium Falcon and Tie Fighter. Since he laments not having anything like that when he was in school, Chuck plans to share his sandwich cutters and lunch tin with his 2-year-old son (and to of course live vicariously through him when his classmates look at his lunch in envy).

Daniel Hendley, Senior Content Editor
Pisen DSLR Lens Cleaning Pen for $1 + free shipping

Daniel, our resident photo guy, purchased several of these inexpensive photo lens pens since they're almost identical to the Nikon Lens Pen — but at least $8 cheaper. Despite being just a buck, the pen performs as well as its more expensive, name-brand counterpart. Daniel gives the Pisen lens cleaning pen a glowing review, noting that it does a "fantastic job" of removing fingerprints and smudges from his lenses.

Jim Adams, Senior Content Editor
Up to 90% off Publisher Pack PC Game Downloads

Buying cheap PC game downloads is one hobby of Jim's. (Playing them all is another hobby, albeit a tad more time consuming.) This sale allowed Jim to purchase a bevy of older games for around the same price of one new release. Included were multi-title bundles from Rockstar, THQ, Square Enix, and other notable game publishers.

Jeffrey Contray, Managing Editor
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18MP DSLR w/18-55mm Lens for $756 + free shipping (now $746 with free shipping)

Jeffrey and his wife recently welcomed into the world their first child, an adorable baby boy. While they were still expecting, Jeffrey was seeking a brand new Daddycam digital SLR with which he could capture his son's finest moments. In May, Best Buy had an unadvertised sale on DSLRs, which featured significant markdowns on several models, including the exact Canon camera Jeffrey had been looking for — available at an all-time price low (as of May) to boot! The Rebel T3i has served this new father well; the dealnews staff has been treated to some wonderful photos of the Contrays' pride-and-joy. (Next on the list: A new lens.)

Louis Ramirez, Senior Feature Writer
2 Bottles of Wine via $25 Credit + free shipping for new members at Lot18

As a self-proclaimed "wine geek," Louis loves trying new wines. He signed up for a Lot18 membership immediately after he spotted the deal, while thinking in the back of his mind that it was too good to be true. In this case, it wasn't a farce, and Louis got two bottles of wine for free. They were even better than some of the $10 wines he's tried!

Jeff Somogyi, Media Editor
Some Summonings Are Suspect (horror short story) eBook downloads for $1

Unlike our other accounts, Jeff's memorable deal isn't a purchase he's made. In May, Jeff's first short story hit the Amazon Kindle Store, and the staff took it upon themselves to celebrate his achievement by promoting it on the site. The host of the dealnews podcast appreciated the gesture: "It was touching that our company, with no profit to be gained from doing so, would promote my personal just goes to show the kind of company dealnews is, and the caliber of people I work with, every day." The story is now available for free at Amazon, and two additional titles have since been published (also free).

Feeling inspired by these touching tales of dealnews retail therapy? Tell us about your proudest purchases in the comments! Or, keep an eye out for future brag-worthy deals; the best way to stay up-to-date is to subscribe for email alerts, which arrive in your inbox as soon as your desired deal posts to the site. (It's the next best thing to being a dealnews editor.)

DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).


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One more - Target black friday 2010.  I know so many were hurt by Target's actions to this one (including cancelling all online orders and intentionally de-stocking the shelves), so I figured I'd rub it in.

LOTR blu-ray Trilogy for $7.99.  They took them off the shelves due to the "misprint" as almost all Target stores did.  Somehow I convinced the customer service manger to write me a raincheck.  I got one for myself and one as a present for my father a week and a half later.
In Christmas season 2009 Radio Shack offered Sony PS3 dual-shock 3 controllers for $29.00 each.  What wasn't mentioned is that there was an additional coupon (found elsewhere) that allowed for $25 off $75 and free shipping.  I ended up with three PS3 controllers for around $60.  I was skeptical at the time, because they were almost regularly $60 everywhere, but sure enough they arrived two days later.
In November 2009 a deal came up for Ultimate ears TripleFi 10 earbuds for $99. I had been in the market for some good ear buds and had tried several in the $70-80 range and had returned them all. I ordered these $399 ear buds for $99. The catch was they said they would arrive after xmas and there were disclaimers all over the checkout page. They arrived on dec 24th and have been the best listening experience ever. I let people listen and they cant believe the sound, and for $99. This has been one deal I have not seen repeated. thanks deal news!
Several months ago Best Buy advertised an LG Front Loading Washer that
was originally $700 for $479 plus shipping of something like $70.  So I
went to Sears to see the exact same washer to make sure it was what I
was looking for in a washer after reading glowing reviews about it
online.  Sure enough it had some great features and the price was
excellent.  So I noticed that Sears has a price match guarantee so I
inquired.  After the sales agent verified my price by looking up the
Best Buy ad, which didn't mention the shipping charge, he deducted
another $48 from the price and arranged for free in-home delivery and
setup.  So the final price was $431 with free delivery.  And it has
turned out so far to be the great washer that people in the review said
it was.  What a deal!
One of my best deals was when Fry's has the Logitech Harmony 1100 remote for $49 after MIR + s/h. I had to fight for it though. They weren't supposed to allow backorders, but they did. They contacted those customers and said they were going to honor them afterall. Well, not mine. They kept messing it up. After four months of phone calls and emails (polite and patient, yet firm), I finally had the remote in hand. Another month or two later, I had my $80 mail-in rebate. Let's just say I am a little persistent.