This site got started because people continuously asked me where to find the best deals on products ranging from computer hardware to flights to clothes. Several times each week, I would tell my friends about hot-deals that I would come across. After daily compositions of hot-deals emails to friends, I decided to instead post the deals on a website and update it almost daily. The website was written for my friends, thus I found no reason to clutter the site with flashy ads and annoying graphics. My friends and I also discovered a lot of "hot deals"-like websites would sometimes list deals as "hot" only because they make money as people click on a store link. It was obvious that some "hot deals"-like websites will claim a deal was hot, when in reality they didn't care whether it is a great deal or not because they earn money with each visitor's clickthrough. My editors and I love finding deals on the Internet, and we will never post anything that we would not truly consider purchasing ourselves.

As of August 2005, the Hot Deals Club received an average of 30,000 unique daily visitors, 450,000 unique monthly visitors, and 1,320,000 monthly front page requests. Our busiest days of the week are usually Tuesdays, with Mondays coming in a close second. Our worst weekday day is often Friday. Weekend days and holidays usually get 60% the traffic of average weekdays. Our heaviest traffic comes in the months of November and December.

Please do not bookmark individual pages, as I perioducally change locations of files on the server.

I often get asked this question: "Why do all links go to a redirect script (relocate.cgi) instead of directly to the link?" If we link people directly to the other website, we have no way of finding out how popular each link is on our site. By requiring each user to hit a script that relocates the user to the other website, we can log how popular each link is on We look at the link logs to determine what kinds of hot deals that our users like to see. We do not use any information gathered on for marketing or resale purposes.

This site has been tested to work with Netscape 2.0 or higher, Internet Explorer 3.02 or higher, and Lynx 2.8 or higher.

I have listened to all visitor feedback, and I am working on adding more features to this site very soon to make it even easier to find the hot-deals that suit you.

Here is a small collection of visitor comments regarding the Hot Deals Club:

Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 12:24:12 -0400 From: Amy C. Subject: just to let you know Hi, I really enjoy your site and check it every day. I have gotten some pretty cool stuff from your site. Just wanted to let you know that is not cool at all. I have had nothing but trouble trying to order the printer/postage software from them. They cancelled everything on my order for the HP printer/postage software on June 22 without letting me know (they say they sent an e-mail but I NEVER received one, and their online order tracker said everything was fine). Now when I try to get their customer service, you get put on hold forever and their e-mail customer service seems to be down. Not very impressive. I would be wary of recommending them to anyone. They seem to be having some serious problems. I am still struggling with them today. Meanwhile, Staples has been great -- I got all of my stuff no problem. Their customer service is really responsive (even if they all sound half asleep on the phone). The only tricky thing about the Encarta software is that the packing slip they send it with does not indicate the cost, so I had to call them and have them fax me the receipt so I can get the rebate for $25. Thought some people might want to know that in advance. By the way, I got a great sleeping bag and stuff bag from cyberrebate. I am just wondering how they make their money! A clever scheme if they are indeed making any money at all. Thanks again for your helpful site. I recommend it to my friends and they get all excited too.
Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2000 13:13:15 -0400 From: K H. I just found you on the internet last month.You're fantastic!!
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 10:10:54 -0500 From: Warren H. Subject: Great site!!! EOM
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 10:58:03 -0700 From: Marcelo Subject: thanks for your work Just a quick note of thanks for all the cool info you provide. Keep up the good work; we check your site religiously. Marcelo
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 09:07:57 -0400 From: "H, J P" Subject: similar phone-to-phone long distance (free) Hi HotDeals, first of all, I would applaud for your excellent and information website. The deals are definitely hot!
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 11:27:00 -0400 (EDT) From: A C Subject: office max today thanks for getting me sooo many great deals. Keep up the good work,
Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2000 01:04:40 -0400 From: RSN Subject: Wonderful site -- Thanks!! You have some wonderful information here ! Bravo. The piece about Staples pricematch policy is excellent! May you be inspired to produce such things more often. -RSN
Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2000 13:18:32 -0300 From: M K Subject: REI Coupon good till dec 24 You have an excellent Site!!!
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 11:46:57 EDT From: Subject: Re : - I-Jam 32MB portable MP3 player for $30, plus $20 free Thanks again for posting wonderful deals, as I visit your site multiple times daily.
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 08:47:47 -0700 (PDT) From: K W Subject: Sam's hard drive deal was good yesterday in my local Your site is way-cool. Thanks!
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 12:38:39 -0400 From: {name removed} I love your site and think it is great. Best, {name removed} Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 15:50:20 -0400 From: J L Subject: Free Handspring Hi: I'm a religious visitor to your website, and have pursued countless offers you've posted. Thank you so much!
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 15:26:37 PDT From: J S Subject: A forward Either way, as I've said before, I absolutely love your site. I've saved at least $100 in online purchases in the last month, thanks to you. Once again, please keep it up. --{name removed} Albany, OR
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 09:50:32 -0700 (PDT) From: L. The Brave Subject: A few more deals... Hello there, I figures, since I've found your site recently, and it's become a daily visit.
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 11:39:18 -0500 From: M B Subject: audible I love your site, great deals!
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 11:04:58 EDT From: J L Subject: Onvia You ROCK ! The Onvia tip worked like a charm. Thanks.
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 18:02:12 -0400 From: T M Subject: Staples rebates? Hi- I like watching your page for new updates-- very cool things on there so far. Thanks and keep up the great info on your page-
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 16:09:12 -0500 From: P S Subject: prices  Just an fyi ... i've also gotten about 18 dvd's from columbia house thankz to your great coupons .
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 06:53:00 -0400 From: David. M. D. Subject: Re: Columbia house All I can say is WOW! Can you give just a little more detail?! As I think of a question, I scroll down and there is the answer - othercodes? which is best? there it is - ACCD (ave. cost per CD), which titles to order for best effect - there it is - MSRP over 32. hey, as I said, I stumbled on your site for the columbia deal. I'm staying for the other things too. So can you tell me about you? I see you say you don't make money from the click throughs, etc... so just for fun? very noble. I always wonder - the listed sites could look in their logs and see where people are coming from or all of a sudden get a flood of new orders and see that some people get the DVDs and run, as you detail.... but I guess they take it as a cost of doing business - some stay others run? I'd love to hear more about you and your background... I'll keep checking the site. take care!!!
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 14:26:52 -0400 From: Shawna L. Subject: coupon hi, first of all, thanx for maintaining this site to benefit consumers like myself.
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 08:03:27 -0400 From: Todd. M. Subject: AccessMicro Just a warning- I order a Pentium III-600EB from AccessMicro a few months ago. Now, I've been ordering from computer parts retailers for 8 years now.. and I NEVER had such a nightmare-ish experience as I had with them. They said they said they had the part in stock when I order it and the motherboard, then after 2 weeks I finally received JUST the motherboard (although the CPU was supposed to be there, too), then they said they couldn't ship me the part at all, then they finally agreed to ship me the part but wouldn't honor their original part, then I got it and it was the WRONG part.. after about 6 weeks of this unbelievable crap and many hours on the telephone with them, I finally did get the right part from them, but they still didn't honor their original price and, to this day, I'm not sure if I paid the right amount (because they kept changing the shipping charges, etc..) Just thought I'd share that with you since your page borders on consumer advice/opinion. :) Aside from that-- I love your page!
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000 13:18:07 -1000 From: Ray Subject: Kingston Value Ram Rebate Outstanding page! I visit everyday. Keep up the good work...your saving me money. Ray Honolulu, Hawaii
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 13:35:56 -0700 (PDT) From: Jeff J Subject: Confirmation Just wanted to give you some real life feedback on one of those HOT deals: I went for the spindle of 50 CD-R's for $12.95, and I'll be darned if they didn't show up just as advertised, OVERNIGHT shipping for free, in spite of the fact that I didn't put the order in until late in the afternoon the day before. Outpost.COM even included a free yo-yo, which I am yo-yo'ing as I type this. That deal is for real. I have yet to burn a CD on them yet. If you'd like, I can let you know how that turns out, as I'll be doing that tonight... --Jeff
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2000 09:54:30 -0700 From: Brian E. H. To whom it may concern, just wanted to let you know how useful your site is!!!!  I check it daily and have received some great deals because of the info provided on your site! Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2000 11:51:22 -0700 From: Kely R. K. Subject: just a pat on the back I love this page I give it to all my friends I think this is the best page out there. You are up to date with GOOOOOD content. Also I think this clean fast loading page is super! no fancy crap just the information we all want. Keep up the super work!
Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 09:32:57 -0400 From: G. F. Subject: Staples price-matching policy Thanks for all the great work, my Dlink MP3 player is awesome!
Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 13:23:05 -0400 From: David O. I love your site and plan on sending a few more items related to Canadians
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 23:15:23 -0700 From: Tom Y. Subject: Travel Dear Hot-Deals Maniac, Thank you for a wonderful site. I have taken advantage of many of the deals and have been thoroughly satisfied! Your posting on air travel made me think about some other ways I have saved on airline fares. A couple of resources I use are: 1) Keep on top of Southwest's coast to coast fares by subscribing to their newsletter. When they have a sale, everyone else does, too. 2) Use Travelocity's best fare finder and subscribe to their fare notification service. 3) Try They discount TWA tickets 25%. A few years back, Carl Ichan got several million dollars worth of air travel in a settlement from TWA and he uses this site to unload the tickets. My wife and I used this deal to travel first class to Hawaii for 25% off! You do get frequent flyer miles! I hope these are helpful. Tom
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 12:14:32 -0500 From: Ken L. Subject: Thanks! Found your site by accident. However, it is the best thing I have seen on the net so far! Keep up the good job. Thanks, Ken
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 19:58:31 -0400 From: V. M. Subject: Suggestion Hi, I like your site very much, would you consider starting a mailing list sending the deal alerts - with link to your web site - if they want to know the details. But this might weaken the traffic :-( Again, I appreciate your graphics-free-quick-loading web site very much. Thanks,
Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2000 00:16:55 -0400 From: Jason. F. First let me say I like your site and hope you keep up the good work. I have purchased quite a few of the deals. I bought some CD-r's from outpost I cant stop ordering from them.. I order around 22:30 each time (My only quite time) and the items are at my door by 11 the next morning... Thanks, Jason
Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2000 00:32:44 -0400 From: John M. Your site is GREAT!! Thanks, John
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2000 08:14:19 -0400 From: Charles J. ubject: Hot Deal Format Hello, I found your site by accident the other night.Great Site! I just wish I had found it about a week ago, so I could have taken advantage of the Etak GPS Sysytem for under $10.00. Great Site, I love getting a Deal! *Great info on Columbia House. I have been a member for several years.
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 13:30:03 -0700 (PDT) From: Keith W. is great. Thanks for providing such a great resource. I use it all the time.
Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2000 22:27:12 -0700 From: Michael V. Love your site! Check it 3 times per day!
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 13:22:52 -0400 (EDT) From: D. F. Dear Maniac: I must thank you for all the great hotdeals update on your site. I have made your site a homepage of mine and forward deals to my buddies and family all the time. Thanks and keep up the great work!
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 14:58:49 -0500 From: Q. T. I love your site! I especially appreciate the Columbia House info. Keep up the good work and thanks!
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 14:25:37 -0600 From: Tim L. Subject: GREAT SITE!! I love this site - thank you for your hard work. I just ordered the 79.00 chair deal from Officemax and saved a bundle. I was in their store yesterday and was going to purchase the exact chair for 129.00 - then I decided to check my fav shopping areas etc on the web first. I am so glad that I did!! I also ordered something else (that I was going to buy anyway) and saved another 25.00 !! All together you helped me save 75.00!! Please keep up this site - I will use it often and tell my friends & business associates about it. Thanks again!!
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2000 11:57:51 -0500 From: Scott O. Thanks for the great job you do. The true spirit of the internet lives on.
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2000 22:30:47 -0800 From: Frank J. First off ... just wanted to thank you for keeping a great site. It is easy to find my way around with no nonsense. I enjoy your comments and updates without having to stare at advertising banners. I check in many times a day. So far ... I have bought a few things now including the 40 gig drive which unfortunately out of stock at this time. But the CD prices from Outpost are great and I just purchased a few for home. Coupons are a great idea too. Saved myself some money on a paper shredder from Staples.
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 17:04:33 -0500 From: Mark S. Subject: 256 MB deal over Maniac, 1. Your site rocks!! 2. The 256 MB deal is dead because they are out of stock Thanks again for the killer site, Mark
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 09:48:04 -0800 From: C. C. Subject: Thanks for your site Thanks for the updated info... I bought the DVD player from (DV333) for $144.00 GREAT PRICE. FYI this DVD player is one of the few on the market that has true 24/96 digital output. For anyone who has a digital converter that can handle true 24/96 this is a must!!! Thank you,
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 07:17:31 -0500 From: Josh M. Subject: A Barnes & Noble deal Hi, Maniac, I have to first express my thanks to you for the service you provide. While I've been visiting your site for just a month or two, I have saved at least $200 thanks to your diligence (most recently on the Pioneer DVD player deal). I'm not sure how best to repay this debt, other than keeping my eyes peeled for new deals for the site.
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 19:01:49 -0500 From: Ken H. Subject: Got my $5 Neat-o CD-ROM Label kit today! Just wanted to let you know the Pyro coupon code for the Neat-o labeler worked like a charm, my labeler arrived today! Thanks, Ken
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2000 23:56:21 -0500 From: David Subject: Hot Deals (?) spotted Dear Maniac: Thanks for the hot-deals website. I use it almost daily. People accuse me of spending hours and hours on the web when I tell them about the deals that I find on your site. I check yours and the one below nearly every day. On and off in 15 minutes.
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 14:36:36 EST From: Sonny Subject: (no subject) thanks for all the hot-deals.
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 05:38:08 -0600 From: Tim t. Subject: Your Site Your site rules. I recieved the Neato CD labeler just as advertised, and it was delivered for just $5 by Fedex! Keep up the excellent work.
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 17:01:00 -0800 From: {email removed} Subject: Trouble with Kingston media Hello. I love your site, but wanted to say that I experienced a very high failure rate with the Kingston media mentioned from A friend of mine whom I recommended this to (both of us with standard Adaptec/Wintel setups) experienced the same problem, and we had to send them back. Otherwise, we love the site.
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 13:12:16 -0500 From: David C. Subject: RE: November 16th's post - ATA/100 card Thanks! And thank you for not just replying with "it works for me". The inclusion of another link to the pdf was greatly appreciated. I was able to get to the pdf and print it out. Other sysops I've delt with would have just stopped with "it works for me" and left it to me to find the file (or whatever). Again, thank you,
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2000 18:47:34 -0800 From: Robin H. Subject: You are the Best To Webmaster, I just find your great site from yahoo... you did a really great job... I am looking at your site from 3 till now... it had been updates twice. Amazing.....
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 14:13:31 -0800 From: Chris M. Subject: Maxtor Drive Deal I just wanted to let you know that I ordered the Maxtor drive today along with the Zip drive. I applied the two coupon codes and my grand total including tax came to $134.12 and they said I'd have it in my hands tomorrow:) Thanks, Chris
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 14:27:28 -0800 From: Jeff Hi, How is it going with hot-deals? I appreciate all your effort to make the site an all time up-to-date, must be some hard work to it (I got the most recent deal on's 40GB Maxtor) All the best to you and your site. Keep it up. I will keep posting good deal I can find.
Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 17:57:14 -0800 From: Dave Subject: Holy shit Can't thank you enough (again) for you page. I tried to get the Maxtor deal online but all sold out. I was skeptical but I went to Staples with a copy of the office depot webpage and asked about a price match. She says "I guess so" and I got (2) 40 gig drives for $120 each WITH 2 Zip drives free for a total of $259.78 out the door. Un-freakin believeable. I'm gonna try another Staples nearby. This was at 5:30 pm West coast time, Monday. Dave
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2000 11:41:53 -0800 From: Simon J. Subject: Hello, for staples hot deal Hi, maniac, glad to have your wonderful site and I really made some good deals within this month. Just let you know I ordered the Maxtor 40 GB with the free Zip drive, but my total is $151 something maybe California has higher tax not like what you said less $145. But, still a good deal. Oh, I made the order thru the phone, because I did try to the store, and unlucky they don't accept the coupon code. So, I went to the internet, and they don't accept the free zip drive code, and finally made it on phone. Ah Thanks for your efforts!!
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2000 15:08:17 -0600 From: Terry A. R. Subject: re: staples maxtor hard drive deal I received my Maxtor drive and free zip drive today. The sent me a 45 gig ultra ata100 drive instead of the 40 gig udma66 drive that I thought I was getting. Staples sells the ultra ata drive for well over $200! They also honored my coupon so I ended up paying only $99.74 for everything delivered to the door!!! I know Staples is losing money on this deal. I haven't ordered the free ata100 controller card that I will get free also. I plan on using the $25 off $75 coupon as you mentioned. Wow, what a fantastic deal. My only complaint is that the Iomega zip drive did not come with any zip disks. How cheap of Iomega. They could have put one disk in the box.  Now I have to go out and purchase some zips. Oh well...any ideas on who has the best prices on zip disks???
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 16:10:51 -0500 From: Mike D. S. Subject: UPDATES on Maxtor 40GB drive from Staples: On Tues night I thought I would give this a shot. I printed the office depot screenshot, and took it with me to staples. On my way in the door, I did stop to double check that they would honor the price match, and she said yes. I went over picked up the hard drive, an the zip drive, and went back to check out. Because the price was 119 it required a manager over ride, but they did it for me with no problem. Zip and 45 gig drive for 119 + tax. what a deal.
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 09:50:27 -0800 From: Shawn H. Subject: thanks Thanks for getting your loyal visitors some really great deals.
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 11:54:30 -0800 From: Adam L. Subject: Maxor HD Just wanted to let you know that Staples has the hard drive you featured on your website in stock again. I just ordered it. Thanks for the incredible site!
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2000 15:45:35 -0600 From: Jerry P. Subject: Playstation 2 giveaway contests Just writing to say thanks for the information on sites giving away playstation 2's. I was one of the lucky winners. Keep the hot deals coming.
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2000 19:19:16 -0500 From: Josh Subject: feedback to your site ummm...very nice stuff...i got that maxtor/zip drive deal..printed out that picture you had the link to and worked easily.  i visit and many times a day waiting for i now will do the same for yours ;)..keep up the good work.. -josh
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2000 19:20:00 -0500 From: Jon S. Subject: WOW! I walked into a Staples store on Monday and pricematched with Office Depot as detailed on your site. I picked up a 40GB Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 7200rpm harddrive for $120 plus tax. Rather than pushing my luck, I decided not to ask for the free Zip drive. I came back in to the same Staples store today with my receipt, said that I didn't realize that I should have received a free Zip drive, and they just handed me a Iomega Zip-100 USB drive for free! So I got a 40GB 7200rpm hard drive and a Zip-100 USB drive for $120 plus about $5 tax. Now I will order the ATA/100 card for free, too! I can't thank you enough for the information on your site!
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 20:08:49 -0600 From: Jason M. Subject: Thanks Much!! When I saw the deal on Thursday I was really excited because I was just about to buy it for about 300.00 at With your deal and some other help, I got the price down to 132.52. Heres how: I pricematched from However, I found out that they are currently out of stock for that item so Staples "can't" pricematch it, its some policy of theirs. However I was determined to find a way around this. I called the staples customer service after 7:00 thats after ends their support/ordering since you can't directly buy from their website. Since Staples didn't want to leave me hanging, they pricematched it for 213.00 since they couldn't find that it was out of stock, and there are no shipping charges listed on the page. So I got the camera for 213.00 plus shipping/tax, then I used the 40.00 off of 150.00 (88093) bringing it to 182.52. I will then send the 50.00 rebate in, and bring the overall price to an astonishing 132.52 for a 300.00 camera. Thanks again, Jason M.
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 08:46:26 -0500 (EST) From: David K. Hi - thanks for running such a great site. I've used a few of the offers and I've really appreciated it. Thanks again for putting in the time and effort to save so much money, David K
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 14:14:49 -0600 From: JC Subject: Fuji MX1400 Pricematch The Fuji Price match at Staples with Shop4Digital for $209 works great. I have successfully ordered it and applied the $40 off $150. When ordering with Staples, be sure to give them the complete URL of the $209 Fuji, Shop4Digital has the same product 3 times with higher prices. Thanks for the Hot Deal and keep up the good work. JC
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 18:43:24 -0600 From: "Trekkie" Subject: Fuji 1400 camera deal + bonus I was very excited to see this deal on your website. I had previously been pricing Fuji 1300 cameras at around $200 through, and was quite pleased to see that I could get a little bit better camera for even less. I even got a little extra thrown in, that I was pleased about. When I called Customer Service, I gave them the price of $209. They checked it out, and came back that shop4digital offers the camera for $249, plus they added a bunch of shipping, so it wasn't such a bargain. (shop4digital, oddly, has the camera listed twice on its page) I then referred the representative to the compdirect price of $213, as posted on your site. They accepted this one, but added like $30 shipping, plus my California sales tax. I used the $40 of $150 code to get it down $218.68, after tax and shipping. Here's the special part. I added item number 394457 (a 5" b&w TV) to my order, and used coupon number 91199, justifying it by saying it was not, in fact, a second coupon, but a free item. That worked, so I got a free $70 TV! Thanks so much!
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 11:51:02 -0500 (EST) From: Shawn Subject: Thanks so much Thank you so much for the amazing site! Thanks to you, I was able to buy my girl a much much nicer xmas gift than I would have otherwise been able to afford. I am deeply grateful for the work you put into the site, apparently for no profit of your own. Usually, if I am as blown away by a site as I am by yours, I click their banner ads like crazy as a token of thanks. Since your site has no such ads, I'm sending this email to express my appreciation. Thanks so much, Shawn N.
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 09:39:14 -0600 From: Douglas D. Subject: gratitude Dear Hot-Deals, I own so much gratitude to this website. I found out about it by doing a search for "free" internet service providers. Lucky me! Recently, I got in on the deal at Staples, a Maxtor 45 GIG hard drive, free USB Zip and ATA 100 controller card for around $150 after tax and $50 rebate. The codes for both the free Zip drive and the $40 off worked at the register. I just told the cashier that these were the codes advertised. But the latest surprise occurred last night when the UPS guy delivered the PS2 Sweepstakes package that I won from!!!! I wouldn't have know about the sweepstakes if it weren't for this site. Thank you so much for providing this website full of Hot-Deals! Best Regards, Douglas.
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000 02:18:45 +0100 From: Don Subject: APC Deal I'm new to your page, it is awesome, bottom line up front, that's what the net needs. Thanks, Don
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000 13:33:03 -0800 From: Dwight O. Subject: Office Depot--DVD Clearance Hi, Just wanted to say thanks for all of the cool tips you have on your site. It takes quite a bit of workmaintaining something likethis and I appreciate all of your efforts. I just ran down to my local Office Depot and picked up: 8 mm Eye's Wide Shut A Perfect Storm The Outlaw Josey Wells Fight Club Special Edition all for the low, low price of $45.01 using the additional $10 off $50 coupon. You should be racking up the "Good Karma" points for all of the shopping help you've given us this year.  Just wanted to say THANKS! Dwight
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000 18:17:55 -0700 From: {anonymous} Subject: office depot wd hd you are the MAN! i checked 4 stores, and only 1 of them still had a 45g still on the shelf. actually, it was an emtpy, shrink-wrapped box, and they had the sealed drive in another roow. i jokingly asked the guy "do i get a 50% discount cuz the box is opened?" and they gave me another 10% off. hehehe. $87 out-de-do! another store had a 13g/7200 and 15g/5400 -- for $99.99. yikes.
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2000 11:27:26 -0800 From: Mike B. Subject: Office Depot DVD's Hi, I just wanted to thank you for the post about Office Depot's deal on DVDs. On my way home from work I stopped and checked it out for myself. Here is a little tip for the others who want this Hot Deal! Because Office Depot is discontinuing all DVDs they have moved their selection to the front of the store, however most of the inventory can be found in the manager's office. Why? because the managers are getting ready to ship the units back to the manufacturers. Here are some of the titles I got from the manager's office: The Patriot The Hurricane Mission to Mars The Whole Nine Yards Titanic Twister Collector's Edition All DVD were only $9.99, and if you use the coupon you save $10 more, what a great deal! Thanks for the information. Sincerely, Mike
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2000 15:02:09 -0500 From: Andrew M. Subject: hey boss love your site! keep up the fantastic work! incredible deals. that mushkin memory is top notch stuff. you should see my office. full of stuff i need, don't need, will never need, and a ton of stuff i'll never use, BUT...i got great prices :-)
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 09:06:44 -0800 From: Brad K. Subject: Your site I just wanted to drop you a note telling you that I think you have one of the best sites that I have been on. Clean simple and very adictive. It has gotten to the point I have to refrain my self from visiting every day becasue why I save a great deal I find my self spending more.  Also the current deal you posted on the Elsa GeForece2 left my fingers burning and my CC scorched as it was ripped from my wallet. Thank you so very much for the great site Cheers
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 10:13:57 EST From: Paul M. Subject: happy holidays Hello Maniac, Thanks for doing the hot-deals site.  Since I discovered it about a month ago (thru a copernic search) I've been a much happier customer than in quite some time, perhaps since 10 years ago, when I lived in Africa for a brief time, in a place where where haggling down at the Souk was considered entertainment. And its not just the deals I like at your site.  You've pointed out some great deal-making techniques, such as asking for a price-checks or applying a coupon at just the right moment. I also appreciate your informal style of varied site updates and a quick-loading page. It is true to what I think is an important purpose of the internet: to empower the individual through communication.  Too much of the internet is not about free exchange of information, but something closer to "establishing habits".
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 10:13:01 -0500 From: Volrath Subject: Thank you! Just wanted to send a quick e-mail to say thank you for all the work you put into the site, and Merry Christmas.
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 11:28:55 -0800 From: Kevin Personally, thanks to your web site, I got a Kodak DC3400 Digital Camera for Christmas from my wife. She told me she saw the bookmark on my computer and went to your site. She looked around and noticed the Mercata deal with MSN. She signed up and got the camera for $302 flat. Cheapest anywhere and I mean anywhere was $385 before shipping. She saved a fortune. Go to Best Buy or Circuit City and you'll see the camera for $499. Like a previous e-mail said before, "YOU ARE DA MAN". Thanks and keep up the good work, Kevin
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2000 15:03:51 -0500 From: Derek Subject: U r a cool guy! I have your web site as my start page now, and everytime when I start my browser, I always see some good deals on ur site. and u did update your page often w/ good/hot deals too... Good work! (just hope to see some web company have cheaper shipping charges to ship to Canada..... Sometimes the shipping charges are 2-3 times more than the product itself... grin!)
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 13:08:26 -0500 From: sav Subject: cdr 50 pack and speakers Maniac, I appreciate your web site so much!!  I placed my order for 4-50 pack cd-r and free speakers and received my shipment about an hour ago so it worked at some point.  4:30pm Wed I placed the order and 12:30pm Friday I had all four!!  The speakers are crap but what do you expect.  The cd-rs are a fantastic buy!!!   Thanks again!   sav
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 15:09:39 -0500 From: Dan J. Subject: Jewel Cases Hi. Yours is, without a doubt, one of the most fantastically useful websites I have come across in rather a long while. In addition, it is one of the few that merits any sort of regular visitation. Many thanks for this invaluable service that you provide. I have personally taken advantage of several of the deals posted on your site, including's very competitively priced CD-R media. As I now have access to a virtually unlimited supply of blank CDs, a question presents itself. Have you, by chance, come across any deals on CD jewel cases? Any information you might have on this topic would be greatly appreciated, as the jewel cases have ironically become the most expensive component of the CDs I create. Keep up the good work and happy new millennium.
Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2001 18:56:24 -0500 From: Rob & Melanie M. By the way, keep up the work...I REALLY appreciate the time that you have put into it. You have saved me about $350.00 so far by the deals that I've found through your site. I wish I could somehow repay you for it. In there anything I can do for you?
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 10:23:12 -0700 From: Scott Subject: Great site... Just wanted to say thanks for putting up such a cool site. I have scored tons of deals (DVD's at Office Depot) ect...
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 22:16:18 -0500 From: Bob R. Subject: Your tip on Logitech QCam Express Just got mine tonight.  Better deal than I imagined: $10 rebate on outside of each box (limit 3 per household) though you have to register for (appears to be free though).  Inside there are coupons too ($10 on new-style Logitech mice, $15 on Logitech PC speakers, $10 on misc Logitech stuff). Thanks again, invaluable site (well, I COULD probably add things up and give you an EXACT price)!
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 09:40:11 -0800 (PST) From: {anonymous} Subject: Nice monitor I bought one of those 19" Samsung 950P monitors from Staples. Using the info from your site, I got it for $248, no rebates required. Great deal and a very nice monitor. Thanks for the info and keep up the nice site. {anonymous} Rochester, NY
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 02:22:39 EST From: Jesse Hello! I love your site! I believe it's one of the most useful sites I have ever visited. Please keep up the good work!
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 18:47:58 -0600 From: {anonymous} and {anonymous} Subject: Thank you! I know you have a million notes just like this...but I had to join your fan club and tell you how awesome your site is. I'm a stay at home mom and always looking for good deals. Whenever I check email, I check hot deals. At least 3-4 times a day... I have found unbelievable deals and thank you so much for the time and effort you put into this site.
Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2001 22:37:18 -0800 From: Alden Subject: thanks! thanks for the tip on! because of the info you posted on jan. 21, i ordered a new apple ti powerbook g4 at outpost through's site. 5% off of $3495 is a decent chunk of change ($175 to be exact). love the site. hope you were finally able to get your hands on a new ps2 by now. keep up the great work, your efforts are truly appreciated.
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 08:23:33 EST From: Stephen M. Hey, just learned about your site and have already fallen in love with it.
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2001 00:55:59 -0500 From: Sam B. Subject: coupon site Thanks for your site, I keep it bookmarked now and check it everyday. I also got me a playstation 2 because of you. Thanks. Sam
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2001 18:17:31 -0700 From: Andrew L. Subject: (no subject) I recently discovered your site and became an instant fan. I love finding deals and to find a shrine like this was very satisying, and hopefully usefull. I was wondering whether you knew of other sites like that I could check out and use. I am especially looking for deals on a slr camera, a camcorder, and a cd-burner. thanks, and keep up the great work
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2001 12:10:59 -0700 From: Eric M. Subject: great site Thanks for putting this site up, i use this and another one like it. I got a 21" monitor brand new for 320, the kodak dc3200 and scanner for 80, and a new 1 gig athalon and k7v for 280, i've saved like 800 bucks minimum off this site in just one month. Awesome!
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2001 13:31:50 -0800 From: John Subject: Staples camera/scanner deal Hi, I just returned from the Staples in Pleasant Hill, CA with the Kodak digital camera, free scanner, and rebate form. They *did* honor the $30 off coupon code, as well as the BestBuy pricematch. What a great deal - thank you so much!! John
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001 11:49:26 -0500 From: G. M. Subject: A Big Thank You! Over the past few months you've saved me a wad of cash and have tipped me to some great retailers as well. I salute your selfless efforts to share truly hot deals with those who appreciate them. Believe me, I KNOW how much effort goes into keeping your site current, and that makes me appreciate your work even more. You could make some decent money by posting ads and affiliate banners on your site. The fact that you don't is a testament to your honesty and generosity. Bless you, Hot-Deals Dude. Godspeed.
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2001 15:58:53 -0600 From: Kirk in Minnesota Subject: HP CDRW Deal (feedback) Wow! I got mine for $75 shipped -- with a black pen (required to exceed $100 for the coupon)!!!!! I had to make a few calls to find an Office Max that had a drive in stock. Perhaps you can suggest that your readers call the store in question, ask for the computer/electronics department manager, and ask him/her to "check the computer" to find a store that has the item in stock (if necessary). That's what I did... I feel good that I got the low price...especially considering that the forst HP 9300 CDRW I bought (early in the product life cycle) cost me $279.... Thanks again.
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2001 20:42:25 -0500 From: Tim Subject: Good site Just wanted to say you have an awesome website.  I visit everyday to check out whats hot.  Your hard work is appreciated.  Thanks.
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 18:27:46 -0500 From: Danny P. Subject: Wow! I just wanted to tell you that your site is incredible!  Your Columbia House DVD tips CAN NOT be beat! You are a true patriot of the Internet, bringing INFORMATION to the people!!! No bull, no hidden agendas, just good, reliable information. Thank you so much! Danny
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 07:41:44 -0600 From: Puzlbox Subject: Thanks! Thanks for the "Hotdeals" for Wednesday, February 21, 2001. I ordered 2 of my favorite DVDs from for at least 1/3 off the lowest price that I found anywhere else. I did not even know that the company existed until reading your Hotdeal. They have a great selection. I found DVDs that other DVD online retailers did not stock. Also would like to say thanks again for the weather URLs. I am a bit of a weather freak & found both sites to be very useful. I especially appreciated the "Intellicast" radar & satellite images. I hope you are getting some kick back from the sites that you recommend.
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 10:11:24 -0800 From: Ashok Subject: howdy keep up the good work!!
Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2001 05:59:03 -0700 From: Kyle Subject: Thanks for saving me some bucks. I was going to join the CH DVD club and it asked for a savings code. Not having one, I did a google search and found your site and that great list! I'll definitely be looking for stuff on your site and telling everyone about it.
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2001 14:45:50 -0500 From: Roderick Subject: PS2 received - amazing Acted on the deal posted 2/27 about PS2. I bought one. Received e-mail acknowledge order, confirmed order, and shipped order the same day. FedEx delivered the box on 3/1, even with standard shipping. Wow! Thanks for the tip.
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 16:38:27 -0800 From: Larry K from Fresno CA By the way I have a Palm IIIxe on the way for $120 shipped, thanks for the deal.
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 09:25:02 From: Q*bert Qubes Subject: Thanks man, that $70 off $270 Staples coupon was great, got a Fuji Finepix 1400 for $229 shipped... cheapest I could find it was $228 +$20 shipping from some cheap looking website and around $250 +shipping at other sites. I love you.
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 02:29:32 -0800 From: Joe Subject: Just a compliment You have done such a nice job. I have to admit that I always surf around those Hot Deal sites, yours is just very informative and help people out with no profitable idea around. I do not mind at all if you are gonna add some banners to help support this website. Oh.......also I like the way you don't push too much loads of info on the page which makes it very easy to read and relax.   Just a compliment as I said.   Thank you for bringing hot deal to people like me.........can't deny it's addictive.  
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 11:56:57 -0000 From: mrube Subject: Thanks I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your site. I stumbled upon it a few weeks ago and now check it at least 3 times a day (before, during, and after work.) You've saved me $$$ and I've returned the favor just a bit by pointing out a deal or two to you. Keep up the good work, and most of all - keep it pure.
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 08:47:50 -0500 From: Mike L. Subject: Thank you I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for doing such a consistently wonderful job in maintaining this website.  I check in daily, since first discovering your site a few weeks back, and I have twice used your "tips" to get some tremendous bargains.  Your site is one of the better sites on the web.  Keep up the good work (and good luck in your job search).   Thanks again .. and again .. and again,
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 09:35:51 -0600 From: Nathan B. Subject: Great site Hi. I just found your site last week and I have become one of those multiple-times a day visitors. I think that Handspring Deluxe for $110 is one of the hottest deals I've ever seen! Anyway, one of the coolest things on the site is the Columbia House DVD page. I realize that this is just a hobby for you and you are very busy, but keeping that page updated semi-regularly, and linking to it from the main page would be a suggestion I feel a lot of people would benefit from. I just thought I would mention it. Keep up the good work and thanks so much!
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 09:09:08 -0600 From: Gary D. Subject: Thanks! Hello, I have been using your site for a while now, and wanted to thank you for all of the good information and bargains I have been able to obtain on Hot Deals! I really appreciate all of your hard work! People need to realize how much good is done on the internet, and to also know that not everyone "out there" is working hard on inventing new viruses! You need to be thanked for what you have been doing with this site! Thanks again
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 14:21:43 -0500 From: Terry R. Subject: staples pny cdr rebate Thanks once again for saving me money on my purchases.  Your site is saving me almost as much as I am losing on the stock market these days......
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 18:28:03 -0400 From: Brent C. I love the site. Just found it the other day and I have forwarded the site to all my friends and family. I have already taken advantage of some of the deals.
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 10:30:27 -0400 From: Marc B. Subject: hot deals I think your site is incredible. I love great deals and so do my friends and we all monitor your site daily.
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 22:56:42 -0400 From: Bill F. Subject: quick thanks from Cincinnati Ohio! Great site! I check it out daily and have recommended it to many of my friends, I'm sure its made a few rounds around Cincinnati. Not that large of a town and talk travels fast! Keep it up!
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2003 21:33:11 -0400 From: Andrew P. Subject: Thanks! maniac- your site saved me $150 this week on a desk I purchased from Office Max. . .THANKS!!! My wife and I have become addicted to your site, checking it multiple times a day to see the deals. How's the progress on the new server?? We are eagerly waiting for you to take new members in the preferred members club. Thanks for maintaining the site, it's great!!
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