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Last checked 6/15/2016

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    Comparison Shopping/Search Engines:

  • Consumer World4 out of 5 has links to all kinds of consumer resources. They have a great list of links to comparison sites, a price checker, links to sites showing what's on sale at brick and mortar stores, etc. .
  • Yahoo Shopping
  • Google Shopping shows comparative pricing.
  • mySimon searches for various categories of products including books, CD's, hardware, and software. Shows a comparison of prices on various sites.
  • Price Grabber is a shopping bot which will find the best price of goods in almost all categories. They also have a newsletter so you can be informed of bargains in your desired category.
  • Price Watch searches for computer products on the Web. Shows comparison prices.
  • Shopper from CNet, has a great computer products search engine and comparison page.
  • Respond.com4 out of 5 You tell them what you are looking for and they send your request out to a bunch of sellers who will contact you. Very good service.
  • Nextag4 out of 5 - finds the best prices for stuff with product reviews and ratings.
  • RoboShopper will search for goods available to you on the Web.
  • DealTime - you select a category and enter what you're looking for and this bot goes out and finds it for you. Shows comparison pricing. Good search engine.
  • Deal Pilot does comparison shopping for books, music, and videos.
  • AddAll searches for book prices in thiry online book stores.
  • AllBookStores does an excellent job of searching for book prices online book stores.
  • CheapCheapCheap finds deals.

    Gadgets:

  • Gizmag has reviews and news of a lot of gadgets and new electronics.
  • Boy's Stuff is a UK company selling unusual gifts.
  • Firebox is a UK company selling all kinds of gadgets including devices for the kitchen and home.
  • The Gadget Flow sells all kinds of gadgety items.
  • Brookstone has the usual collection of unusual gifts, tools, and gadgets.
  • Hammacher Schlemmer - unusual and expensive.
  • Sharper Image has mostly electronic gifts.
  • SmartHome has electronic gadgets for the home.
  • Dynamism brings you the latest gadgets from Japan.
  • T3 is a British company with a lot of gadgets.
  • Engadget - a gadget blog.
  • The Verge is reported to be staffed by ex-Engadget writers.
  • Gizmodo - the gadget blog.
  • DesignTechnia
  • HomeToys - Home automation and home entertainment systems.
  • I Want One of Those - gadgets from down under.
  • ShinyShiny - a gadget site with a slight feminine bent.
  • Mighty Goods - displays 'stuff' that you can buy on the Web. Mostly cool, but useless, stuff.
  • Original Signal aggregates news about gadgets from sites that aggregate this stuff like Engadget, Gizmodo, and Gadgetizer.
  • Cool Tools Kevin Kelly's reviews of very cool tools.
  • Computer Gear sells tech toys of all kinds.
  • Think Geek sells tech toys (gadgets and games) for the 'smart masses'.
  • Coolest Gadgets is a blog about gadgets.
  • SlipperyBrick has announcements of new products in a bunch of categories.
  • Oh Gizmo has a lot of gadgets, gossip, and news.
  • Sites That Pay For Used Gadgets
  • Selling Your Gadgets Online
  • Gazelle will buy back used gadgets.
  • Walyou is a gadget blog. Very cool stuff.
  • Quirky is kind of like KickStarter. You can vote or shop for new, innovative items on the edge of development.
  • Dude I Want That sells all kinds of gadgety items that almost nobody can afford.
  • Alternatives to KickStarter This is a overview of 8 alternatives to KickStarter where you can find a lot of gadgets as well as more worthwhile financial projects that you can support.
  • notcot is a design blog that has some great links to very creative stuff including food, furniture, videos, and gadgets.

    Housing 4 Sale/Rent:

  • Movoto5 stars has a useful search function. The mapping function is dynamic in that the properties that are available can change as you move around on a map.
  • Realtor.com
  • Zillow.com Based on some unknown and proprietary algorithm, Zillow attempts to tell you what your home, or any home in your neighborhood, is worth. You can also find homes for sale by zip code or by simply clicking on a map.
  • Trulia shows you what houses are for sale in a given zip code. It also has historical statistics so you can see how a specific area developed since just before 1900. It looks like the map shows the date when the property first sold. Also maps police calls in the area.
  • Home.com - property search (very few matches on test search), rental search, calculators, tips and advice.
  • Century21
  • HomeSeekers - property search (only a few matches on test search), foreclosure listings, information on neighborhoods, tips and advice.
  • RealEstate.com - property search (you can only search by large metro areas not municipalities), moving, insurance, etc.
  • Realtor.com - sponsored by National Association of Realtors - property search (best number of matches), moving, insurance.
  • Senior Housing shows 55+ housing and various levels of care facilities.
  • 55Places5 stars shows 55+ housing communities. Nice search function with workable filtering.
  • Owners Network sells houses directly through the owners.
  • Home Fair - info on buying a home, moving, etc. Includes calculators, city reports, search databases, etc. Includes a number of useful calculators.
  • 4WallsinPhilly has information on renting in Philadelphia.
  • Apartments.com has an effective search engine with plenty of options.
  • Apartment Guide - apartment search, furniture, moving, etc.
  • Rent Net helps you find an apartment.
  • Interest.com has interest rates from across the country.
  • Quicken Mortgage and Home Financing has a bunch of decision helpers and calculators.
  • Mortgage Bankers Association has mortgage news, advice, tips, tools, etc.
  • Montgomery County Property Records
  • CriminalSearches shows what registered criminals are living in a specific area.
  • Best Web Sites for House Hunting
  • Interactive Housing Costs Diagram from the Economist, shows rental and purchase data by state over the last 15 years.
Software

Free Stuff

  • The Free Site5 stars has a lot of links to free stuff including free fonts and graphics, product samples, e-mail, and software. Also has a list of company offers to pay you in exchange for filling out a survey or for performing some other trivial act.
  • FreeLance free samples, free CD's, software, catalogs, free e-mail, etc. Good quality and quantity of links.
  • Free Stuff from Volition.
  • Hey It's Free
  • Free N Cool Cool? Maybe, but at least it's free.
  • Reference Desk is a huge directory of sites which offer "free" stuff, mostly shareware.
  • Free Stuff is brought to us by the Mining C.
  • PumpkinHead's Phone Freebies has a list of free offers that you can take advantage of by calling a 800/888 number.
  • Catalog Choice lets you opt out of getting catalogs that you no longer want.
  • Free Center has links to all kinks of free stuff including hosting services, email, program scripts, etc.
  • #1 Free Stuff has rated links to sites that offier free stuff.
  • Trade Publications has a collection of links to free subscriptions to trade publications.
  • Free Legal Forms like wills, power of attorney, etc.
  • Free2Try has a number of categories of stuff you can either try or have for free.
  • FreebieDirectory is a directory of free stuff.
  • DailyDeals
  • Free Samples
  • Free Samples Direct
  • FreeByte has links to free stuff including graphics.
  • Totally Free Stuff has all kinds of stuff that is free as long as you do some little thing like filling out a survey, or buying a sponsor's product, or by providing very personal and private information so that the vendor can build a marketing profile... (don't get me started), etc.
  • Free Cycle This is a recycling site where members can get other's stuff and give away their own stuff - all for free. Free Cycle is moderated by a local volunteer in your neighborhood. Helps you to recycle PC's and phones.
  • Computers With Causes recycles old computer equipment including tablets, phones, and desktops. It will distribute donations to needy organizations.
  • Give Away of the Day - a different application is given away free every day.
  • HowAmazing collects free Web resources like free graphics, fonts, coupons, Web services, etc. Good surfing.
  • CreateAppointments is a free service that lets visitors to your Web site schedule their own appointments with you.
  • CreateForms is a service that creates HTML based forms that you can add to your Web site.
  • Only Free is a collection of sites that give away stuff for free or host free services.
  • Free Stuff is a bunch of freebie sites from the Make Use Of folks.
  • OpenCulture is a collection of links to free culture - ebooks, courses, audio books, movies.

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