All I Really Need To Know, I Learned In Dealspl.us

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Most of what I really need
To know about how to score deals,
And what to do with them and how to be,
I learned in dealspl.us.

Wisdom did not show up
At the front door of graduate school,
But right there in between Hot and Freebies.

These are the things I learned:

  • Share every good deal.
With millions of people scouring the web for lower prices on everything, what interests others may surprise you.

  • Play fair.
Perform due diligence by checking if a deal has been posted before submitting it. Do another search using different key words. If your link goes through the Submit stage, check after posting it.

  • Don't hate people.
Duplicates are inevitable, even when people check before and after posting. Better to accept it now: You will be duped. And you will dupe others.

  • Put things in perspective.
You cannot control everything. A Duplicate may get Front-paged while your original post collects cobwebs. It happens. Let go. Move on.

  • Clean up your own mess.
Many Duplicates are completely unintentional. If it's brought to your attention that you've posted a Duplicate, Expire or Flag your deal as a decent person would. If you posted a copy deliberately (and refuse to take it down), well, shame on you.

  • Don't take things personally.
There will be times when you post what you believe to be Front Page material, only to find it just sitting there with not one additional plus+ two days later. Don't fret. The world is not against you. Sometimes people just get sick of mice... even if they're only 6 bucks.

  • Say you're sorry when necessary.
Because as much as people don't take things personally, nobody likes for their deals to be duplicated. Besides, it's just common courtesy.

  • Wash your hands before you eat.
And this is just common sense.

  • Plus+.
If you see a deal and think it's noteworthy, why not also give it a plus+? Saying "Thank you." or "Great find!" is nice; giving a plus+ shows that you mean it.

  • Plus+ and comments are good for you.
They help bump your deals up. Show your appreciation by acknowledging them in your own ways. Plus+ back. Comment back. Something back.

  • Live a balanced life.
dealspl.us has the vacuum-like potential to suck you in and make you forget about the world around you. Don't forget about the world around you. There will always be deals and sales, but there is only one now. So stop skipping meals and showers.

  • Win some and lose some.
dealspl.ussers are FAST. More often than not, others will beat you to posting the best deals. If this happens a lot, take a different course of action: Be faster. Look elsewhere if you must.

  • And hunt and search and submit and hunt.
Hunt down a bargain, perform a Search to check if it's been posted, Submit your find, and hunt down the next one.

  • And rinse and repeat.
Finding your formula won't happen overnight. Even the top dealspl.ussers have to do and redo, to figure out the process that works best for them.

  • Take a nap every afternoon.
You're going to need the energy to post all those awesome finds. More importantly, to post the awesome finds first.

  • Go out into the world.
You may be eating and bathing regularly but spending every other waking moment online. Don't do that. Don't stop spending quality time with the people in your life. Remember the outdoors. Some fresh air will do you good.

  • Watch out for troublemakers.
They will Thumb Down your deals for the silliest reasons or for no reason at all. Pay no mind to them. They are probably very unhappy.

  • Hold hands and stick together.
For every troublemaker, there are more good people. Nice, friendly folks litter the website. Stay on the same side and remember that it's all about bargain-hunting, not necessarily "wheeling and dealing". There is a difference.

  • Be aware of MODs.
They are like Big Brother, with their omnipresence and authority, but without the oppression. They know what they're doing. It's evident from how much and how fast the website is growing.


  By no means is this a claim that I've mastered the art of dealspl.us. After all, it's probably more of an exact science.

  And I'm still learning.

                            

shimisi posted Apr 06, 2012
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MHT962
Love it!
MHT962 (rep: 3.22k) posted Apr 06, 2012
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heyimdennise
Great article! I love it ! Thanks for sharing it! +'ed!
heyimdennise (rep: 7.87k) posted Apr 06, 2012
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chuckydealpl
Nice page. I was going to write the same thing but you beat me to it. :)
chuckydealpl (rep: 40.8k) posted Apr 06, 2012
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glwrks
I read this at work, and it made my day! With the title I was thinking of all the other things I've learned here...copying images and the html stuff are 2 that come to mind. Great page, thanks;)
glwrks (rep: 121k) posted Apr 06, 2012
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gangstabarbie
i love taking naps in the afternoon :)
gangstabarbie (rep: 9.68k) posted Apr 06, 2012
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shimisi
Thanks, MHT962, heyyouredennise :)
chuckydealpl, glad I beat you to something for a change!
You're welcome, glwrks, what a nice thing to say.
gangsta, zzzzz.
shimisi (rep: 82.4k) posted Apr 06, 2012
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FibroMom
SUPER, shimisi! You brought a smile to my face this morning and with the way I am feeling today - that is NOT an Easy thing to do! You said everything SO WELL! Thank you for an upbeat, informative and enlightening article! :)
FibroMom (rep: 176k) posted Apr 07, 2012
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shimisi
Thank you, FibroMom! You have a super weekend now.
shimisi (rep: 82.4k) posted Apr 07, 2012
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nimase85
Cute posts with some good tips
nimase85 (rep: 15.8k) posted Apr 11, 2012
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dealwagger
OMG I have to start eating dinner instead of watching for deals haha :)
dealwagger (rep: 10.2k) posted Apr 11, 2012
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shimisi
Thanks, nimase85. :)
Haha, wagger. You really should.
shimisi (rep: 82.4k) posted Apr 12, 2012
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kumslee
@shimisi: Good post.
@wagger : Your health first... deals next
kumslee (rep: 5.09k) posted Apr 15, 2012
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shimisi
Thanks, kumslee :) You tell wagger!
shimisi (rep: 82.4k) posted Apr 15, 2012
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kevin07
this is awesome :)
kevin07 (rep: 18.4k) posted May 01, 2013
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LokaFreeThings2
Love! A must-Read! :)
LokaFreeThings2 (rep: 2.96k) posted May 01, 2013
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DealLeader
Very well written!
DealLeader (rep: 7.68k) posted May 04, 2013
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praveensapkota
Learners Guide :)
praveensapkota (rep: 53.1k) posted May 04, 2013
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Nellysg
Great written guidelines!! Good job!
Nellysg (rep: 73.8k) posted May 04, 2013
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roylong
very good
roylong (rep: 11) posted May 06, 2013
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baldieee09
awww.. so cute
baldieee09 (rep: 4.57k) posted May 08, 2013
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newguy
Must read for everybody :) two thumbs up!!!
newguy (rep: 122k) posted May 08, 2013
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At0micAmbER
Great Post!
At0micAmbER (rep: 3.25k) posted May 10, 2013
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shimisi
Thank you: kevin07, LokaFreeThings2, DealLeader, praveensapkota, Nellysg, roylong, baldieee09, newguy, At0micAmbER.
This was great fun to write.
shimisi (rep: 82.4k) posted May 11, 2013
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