Imagine the following scenario: You’re shopping online for something, and just before you complete the checkout process, you happen to notice the alluring “promo code” box at the bottom. It beckons to you, and you start thinking “what if there’s a coupon or code out there, and I’m missing it?” You leave the checkout page and open a new tab, and start searching for discount codes. In a matter of seconds, you find about a hundred, 99 of which are expired. You probably never found the one that actually works, because you gave up after trying 3 or 4.
Sounds familiar? I know this has happened to me more times than I care to admit. Why does this promo code business have to be so complicated? Well, it doesn’t have to anymore, with a new service called Promofly. Promofly pretty much eliminates the headache of searching and finding promo codes, and best of all – it’s completely free. The service is still in invite-only beta, but read on to find out how you can get in and start using it right now!
Promofly is a simple bookmarklet that works with Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. With one click, it finds any valid promo code available out there for more than 4,000 online stores, and the list just keeps growing. Promofly updates every hour, so the codes in the database are always up to date. You can use it for a last-minute promo code search, to find out if there are any interesting discounts before you even start shopping, and even to find available discounts for your favorite stores.
To start using Promofly, you’ll need to first have an invite, then create an account (or sign in using Facebook), and last of all – drag the Promofly button to your browser’s bookmarks bar. That’s it, you’re now ready to roll.
Before you start, Promofly will ask you to choose some of your favorite shopping categories. This will help Promofly show you promo codes that are actually of some interest to you when you browse.
Finding & Using Promo Codes
There are several ways to make use of Promofly to get great discounts at your favorite stores. The most satisfying one is the scenario I laid out in the intro. Your shopping is done, your cart is full, and you’ve just realized you want to look for promo codes. Click on the Promofly bookmarklet, and in mere seconds, it will let you know if it has something interesting for you. For example, here I was shopping at GAP, and while on the checkout page, I clicked the Promofly bookmarklet.
Yay! There are two codes available! Choose the one you want to use and click it. The code will fly all the way to the promo code box, where you can click apply and save some money.
Another great way to use Promofly is to find out if there are any good discounts before you start shopping. First thing you do after loading the store’s website is click on the Promofly bookmarklet.
Now you can instantly find out what interesting offers are available, and decide if you want to shop today, or maybe wait for another time. If you see a code you’d like to use, you can click on it to copy it to your clipboard. You can also click the bookmarklet again on checkout to insert the code automatically.
The third way to find promo codes is by browsing. Click the browse button to see everything in Promofly’s current database. The list is arranged by categories such as apparel, electronics, food, travel, etc., and by alphabetical order within each category. You can also search for specific stores using the search box in the main browse tab.
On the right side you’ll find the “My Stash” tab. This is a pretty confusing tab. At the moment, it contains codes you either clicked on or looked at, and some other codes Promofly think you might like. Despite its name, there’s no way to add codes to your stash to save for later, so it’s more of a recommendation tab. This is currently the weakest part of Promofly’s interface, but I’m assured by the developers that things will become clearer once it’s out of beta.
Want In? Here’s How
Promofly is one of the most brilliant services I’ve seen in a while. It’s dead simple, and solves such an annoying problem in such an elegant way, you can’t help but get excited about it. Want to give it a spin? Promofly’s developers have generously provided 300 invites exclusively to MakeUseOf readers. The first 300 to click this link will get immediate access to Promofly. Hurry up, they won’t last forever!
Tell us your thoughts about Promofly in the comments. Know of other services that are just as good? We’d love to hear about them too.