With the rise of online retailers, window shopping has become easier than ever. All it takes is a click. But the thing is, since retailers can list everything they have online, it’s far too much to browse through. That’s why you need these sites that cherry-pick the best things on sale online.
Sure, there are some weird gadgets no one should buy, but there’s plenty of interesting stuff too. And it’s not only with electronics. You’ll find lots of opportunities on these sites to indulge in all your window-shopping (or real shopping) needs.
One of the internet’s favorite memes is a gif of Fry from Futurama shoving a fistful of dollars, yelling “Shut up and take my money.” The meaning of this meme is that you don’t need to describe the item any more, the buyer is already sold.
The website tries to live up to the same meaning. The headline alone should describe everything you need to know about the item. In case you need more, the picture will speak a thousand words. Don’t forget to use the categories and filters (best of, random, highest / lowest price) to refine what you want.
SUATMM isn’t limited to geek interests alone, nor to just Amazon. It has anything that’s cool from anywhere on the web. From a fridge that looks like a Marshall amp to bear claw meat shredders, you’ll get it all.
As awesome as SUATMM is, it would be impossible for one site to find all the cool things on sale online. That’s why you also need to visit This Is Why I’m Broke. Perfectly describes what it’s about, right?
Like the other sites, you can filter by category, price, and date to see the things that interest you. Each item also comes with a small description, so you don’t have to click to read what it’s about.
It’s an excellent site to buy budget gifts for anyone. The lists are already made and separated in prices of $10, $20, $30, $40, and $50.
Every geek needs to visit only this one site for online window shopping. And we don’t mean it’s only gadgets here. Oh The Things You Can Buy lists lots of things mired in geek popular culture.
For example, you will find apparel from the best geek movies of all time, or even a makeup tray with slots for your iPhone and iPad. The site recognizes that geeks are more than electronics alone, and recommends things that are either useful or downright cool.
You can only sort by price or be date, which makes browsing a little tough. But you might want to sign up for the newsletter and save items periodically. Oh The Things You Can Buy would be the ideal place to look for budget tech gifts for geeks.
Window shopping doesn’t always have to be frivolous. Utility and longevity are prime factors in what makes a good product. That’s what the Reddit community at /r/BuyItForLife celebrates.
The idea is to share a product that is durable, practical, proven, and made to last. People post pictures of such products they’ve bought, and their experience of using it for a long time. So you get real-world, real-people, long-term reviews.
You can also post a request for something you’re searching for. This is one of the kind communities on Reddit who are always willing to help. But before you ask a question, please check the sidebar for compilations and lists they have already made.
Amazon is the king of online shopping today, taking one out of every two dollars spent in America. But individuals or small companies still prefer Etsy to sell crafts and handmade products online. That said, it has become so cluttered that finding good items is nearly impossible.
A Cut Above The Retsy (ACATR) is a blog of the best products on Etsy, curated by real humans. There’s no machine learning involved here. Mélanie Beauvironnois selects the best of Etsy herself and posts regularly. It’s not a blog that has daily updates. Instead, it’s updated only when there’s a product worth talking about.
Remember, Etsy is a marketplace where grievances and redressals can be difficult. You should always use the best practices for safe and secure online shopping when dealing with such sites.
What’s Your Favorite Online Store?
There are some excellent shopping alternatives to Amazon, so there’s no need to stick to that one store. In fact, you can usually get better deals on the same products at many of these. For example, my favorite store ThinkGeek usually sells the same things as Amazon for a lower price.
What’s your favorite internet store to buy at, or just to spend some time window shopping online?