I think I speak for all of us here when I say that it always feels great when you can pick any product for a lot less than what it normally costs. That’s why people rush to stores on Black Friday, and why many items always run out of stock when they’re discounted.
But what if you wanted that Black Friday experience all year long? Sure, you could install coupon apps, you could hunt around Amazon, Best Buy or eBay for deals, or you could simply install Slickdeals. It’s a community-driven deal site, with a nice Android app to help you stay on top of the best offers, even when you’re away from your computer.
Signing in to Slickdeals — if you don’t already have an account — is a matter of simply clicking the Google+ button and letting it take care of creating an account to you. It’s a feature I wish many more apps would implement. You’re then instantly directed to the Frontpage Deals, where the hottest items are carefully curated by the community. Photo, description, community’s rating, number of comments, as well as visual cues for Free Shipping or Hot Item make it easy to quickly spot the deals you might be interested in.
Easy Deal Discovery
Besides the Frontpage Deals, Slickdeals lets you navigate through the Popular Deals section — where the interesting offers can be found before they graduate to the Frontpage — or browse deals that are near your location. There are also separate categories if you’re looking for items in a particular section, and a Search function if you’re only interested in one specific item.
Community Perks and Woes
Since this is a community-driven network, a deal’s page can have as much or as little information as possible. Most times, especially with Frontpage Deals, all of the important information is there with links, coupon codes if available, shipping costs, and even additional details you might need. Other times, with new and less popular deals, you’ll have to scroll through the comments to gather all of the information.
While the community aspect might be a hit-and-miss at times, one of its positive perks is that other users might add reviews on a product’s deal page, guiding your decision towards buying it or running in the opposite direction. Sometimes, they might even recommend similar deals on other sites, or comparable products with cheaper prices.
Being part of the community, you can also participate by adding your own comments to a deal’s page, upvoting it, downvoting it, or contributing your own finds if you come across any interesting offers that aren’t yet posted on the network. The app makes both processes very straightforward.
Tailored to You
Slickdeals comes with a variety of settings that you can tweak to improve your experience. The option to activate or deactivate notifications is there, as well as the setting to use an in-app browser to view links. You can also disable images in the deal list, choose to see expired deals, and set what happens by default when you click the Favorite/Reminder button.
Speaking of favorites and reminders, once you add an item to any of those lists, they appear in the corresponding list. This option helps you quickly scroll through deal pages, save those you might be interested in, and then look closely at them when you have more time. It also comes in handy when you want to be reminded of deals before they expire, of if you want to compare new deals to ones you had already spotted a while ago.
Pay Nothing to Save a Lot
If you live in the US, where the vast majority of Slickdeals‘ offers are valid, it really is a no-brainer to install the app. Besides being free with no ads, it is well designed, simple to use, and can easily be your one-stop app for all the available discounts and coupons. The community behind it is very active, always scouring the internet for the most obscure or most popular deals, contributing opinions and recommendations, and generally being very helpful to your decision-making process.