Twitter Your Way to Tech Deals


Popular social networking site can net you deals on A/V gear and gadgets.

Apr. 10, 2009 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

In this economy, I’ll take a deal anyway I can get it. When I’m in full shopping mode, I’ll scour the web for hours. I’ll even poke around the flyers in the Sunday newspaper.

But the obsession for finding the lowest price often comes at a price - your time. Fortunately, many retailers and online shopping sites are using Twitter to get news of their deals into the hands of potential customers (for those unaware of how Twitter works - click here).

I’m not saying Twitter is the only way to find deals. However, it’s a heckuva lot easier when the bargains are dropped in your lap. Here are some of the retailers using Twitter and what I found.

Best Buy
You can follow the Best Buy and Best Buy Outlet Twitter pages. Best Buy recently tweeted this deal:

Get a free pair of Klipsch surround speakers (a $329.98 value!) when you buy a select pair of Klipsch floorstanding speakers and a select Klipsch center-channel speaker from our exclusive ICON line.

The Best Buy Outlet page is a bit thin, in fact, there’s only one posting for Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 for PSP. Needless to say, I expected more.

Deal News offers dozens of deals each day from more than 2,000 online retailers. Their Twitter page - - is extremely active. Here are some of the tech deals to post in the span of one hour:

  • Proview 37-in. 720p LCD HDTV for $480
  • HP Intel Dual Core 2.4GHz Desktop PC for $400
  • Samsung TL9 10MP Digital MP3 Camera for $160
  • Xbox 360 Live 60GB Starter Pack for $80

Woot posts about 1-to-2 deals per day on the page. They also send out a Tweet when an item has sold out. Here’s a sample:

  • $99.99 : Apple 8GB 4th Generation iPod Nano
  • $59.99 : Digital Photo Converter
  • $29.99 : Philips DVD Player with 1080p Upconvert & DIVX

Woot has several Twitter pages: Wootoff, Wootshirt, Wootwine and Wootsellout (a funny jab at themselves for linking to Yahoo Shopping). I’d prefer everything on one page, but then again, I am a simpleton.

Amazondeals is updated every 2-to-4 hours. A majority of the Tweets are “lightning deals,” meaning it’s only offered for certain time windows. I saw a lot of deals for computer accessories during my time on the page. Overall, I’m not impressed with the offerings.

Sears Outlet is a mix of news and deals. I found links to articles about “3 Ways to Save Money on Appliances” and “Pros and Cons of Buying Refurbished vs New.” The updates are sporadic, maybe one every two days. Many of the deals are generic, like 50 percent off all refrigerators. I only saw one vague reference to discounted TVs.
Lots of activity on Buy_com. Here’s what I found:

  • JVC LT-42X579 - 42” Widescreen 1080p LCD HDTV
  • Dell Studio Hybrid Desktop
  • Philips 100W Sound System
  • PhotoShare 7XL Digital Photo Frame

My big gripe with the page is the lack of pricing for the products. How do you know if it’s really a deal?

DellOutlet offers refurbished Dell computers and electronics. Unfortunately, the few deal postings are buried within an avalanche of correspondence between readers and staff. On this day, a Spring Sale tweet was posted prematurely and the broken link ignited a customer service nightmare. I did find a link to some software deals at the Dell download store. Not impressed.

CheapTweet claims to “have thousands of deals you simply cannot find on any other deals site.” While they offer a ton of deals, the tech offerings are a bit slim. I found:

  • 25% off Toshiba Laptops
  • 1TB hard drive for $80

You might be better served visting the tech page on

If you are just looking for computers and accessories, try ComputerGeeks’ page. You can also get deals and tips on Motorola products at Motodeals.

Do you know of a great deals page on Twitter? Let us know in the comments below.

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