Consumerist Shopping Event: You Pick The Deals

We’ve partnered with Jellyfish’s Smack Deal of the Day to offer our readers a chance at up to 80% off on products of their choosing.

Jellyfish’s Smack Deal of the Day is a reverse auction: as time passes, price drops. The game is to buy the product at the lowest price possible. Towards the end it can get as low as 80% off. The trick is that you don’t know how many units are in stock, so if you wait too long… you lose out. Side games and real-time chat make for a gay old time.

At checkout, players pay full price, but receive the cash back via check or Paypal within 60 days.

Here’s where you come in. What would you like to get a smackdeal on?

We’ll take your suggestions and poll the results. The top picks get smackdealed at on Monday, March 5th at 3pm.

Let us know your dream products in the comments or tips at consumerist dot com.

Bookmark this site: Consumerist Smackdeal Countdown

(On the backend, Jellyfish isn’t paying us. We just thought it would be a cool and fun thing for the Consumerists.)

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  1. kenposan says:

    Vista? I kid, I kid!!!!

    Maybe some software?

    Office, Money, Quicken, TurboTax, etc? I dunno, but the idea sounds cool.

  2. Smack shopping event? It’s nice to see Consumerist diversifying to the underserved heroine market.

  3. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    I am currently in the market for a Mistubishi HD1000U front projector….so I’d love a deal on that.

    Or some Nazi shirts.

  4. phrygian says:

    How is this different than the ever-dreaded rebate?

  5. strandist says:

    As great of a deal as this sounds, my suspicious nature is poking its head up. The part about them keeping the difference between what I pay and the price when I paid for 60 days is more than a little sketchy. I assume Consumerist has checked this company out completely, but it still makes my spider sense tingle.

  6. trixare4kids says:


    I already know about this site but I don’t play along. Sorry, but you don’t get a free loan of my money for 60 days.

    I’m not interested in playing a game to get the best price. Yes, I’ll comparison shop, but I’m not going to spend half my day at some website hoping the price will go down on some gizmo or thing I probably don’t need anyway. My time is worth more than I can save. Er… but ask me how I really feel.. and um.. ya’ll have fun!

  7. Ben Popken says:

    The time delay has to do with waiting for the merchant’s return policy to expire. They don’t want people getting it for a deal, then returning it for full price.

    The difference between this and a rebate is that you’ll actually get it, there’s no breakage designed in the system.

  8. CaptainRoin says:

    @trixare4kids: ahhh but not worth more than posting comments on a blog. i have the same addiction.

  9. Ben Popken says:

    Tim writes:

    “How about:

    -Wii
    -XBox 360
    -Some kind of small LCD tv

    Sounds like fun!”

  10. bluwapadoo says:

    So this is only for Consumerist readers? I’m confused how this is different from anything else they do daily other than the fact that we get to vote for the product.

    Anyway, the best thing I have seen on there is the Series 3 Tivo. The Tivo costs way too much as it is but people would like to have one.

  11. Sony Ericcson k790a
    Tivo Series 3
    Zune/Ipod/Creative Labs mp3 player
    Roomba
    Headphones (quality noise cancelling ones, Bose/Sure/Sennheiser)
    Wii!!!!!!!!

  12. John Stracke says:
  13. HearsMusic says:

    Some things I’ve had my eye on:

    Photo printer that is also a flatbad all-in-one (scan/copy/print)

    Decent digital camera (at least 6 MP and 4x optical zoom)

    I like the PayPal-rebate idea, and Ben’s explanation sounds reasonable to me. If there are actual deals to be had it will be worth it.

  14. medalian1 says:

    Yeah I’m not kosher on this type purchasing, seems scammy. I’ve pretty much stopped with rebates too.

  15. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    NO Roombas, Scubbas, Dirt Dogs, or whatever they come out with next. I’m sick of seeing them every 3 days on Woot.

  16. The Roomba suggestion was purely to see how cheap it possibly can get…try to cheat the system a little bit…

  17. mathew says:

    Zojirushi 5½ cup rice cooker.

    KitchenAid Pro Line burr coffee grinder.

    Nintendo Wii. (Yeah, right.)

  18. grant0 says:

    Wii, iPod. =)

  19. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    The Roomba suggestion was purely to see how cheap it possibly can get…try to cheat the system a little bit…

    Hmm…good point. I’ll buy one for $20.

  20. coraspartan says:

    Roomba–sign me up for a $20 one!
    Wii
    XBox 360

  21. matt1978 says:

    It’s not a scam, I’ve gotten back over $1500.

  22. John Stracke says:

    How can this work? How does Jellyfish manage to offer these discounts? Do they just make up for it by overcharging the first buyers?

  23. Jillsy says:

    200 – 300 GB external hard drive.

  24. snowferret says:

    Im with Coraspartan!
    Get a vacume that will do my chores for me and something for me to play while it does them!

  25. bliushift says:

    Most of the time, deals don’t go that low. People are either impatient or paranoid. Slickdeals and fatwallet is the way to go for normal stuff. Let’s try some hard-to-find stuff like:

    – Motorola MING A1200
    – Motorola ROKR E6 (China Version)
    – LG KE970
    – Samsung X830
    – Nokia 7280
    – Sony Vaio VX
    – Kohjinsha SA1
    – Nokia N800 (suggested before)