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Corporate secrets . Cool Tools . Consumerist . Gizmodo (gadgets) . Meta-Efficient (guide to efficiently designed items) . Mighty Goods . MoCo Loco (Modern Contemporary design) . Trend Central . Wikinomics
Bargains & Sales:
Black Friday ads . Clark Howard . Coupon Codes . Deal Database . Deal Me In . Deal News . Deal Sites (live deals) . Fat Wallet (rebate issues) . Hey it's Free . Hot-Deals (computer related) . Over Stock . Red Flag Deals . Retail Me Not: coupon codes . Shopping . When to buy 2011 . Woot: daily sale of 1 item
Living Efficiently & Inexpensively:
Apartment Therapy . Better Times Info . Buy/Rent calculator . Cheap but bombproof . Cheapskate Monthly . The Compact: forum with lots of tips (blog) . Energy audits . Freeconomy (sharing skills, tools, and spaces; worldwide) . Gas saving tips . Hello Dollar . Lifehacker . Living frugally without hardship . Simple Living . Tightwad . MeFi: Moneysaving budget . You pay for WHAT? | Reduce your bills just by asking . Frugal living tip file . Verdant
Living in a car, van, or off the grid: Dwelling Portably . Spartan Student . Survival Guide to Homelessness . Van Dwellers
Fuel, Biodiesel, & Ethanol: Elsbett . Ethanol balance . FuelEconomy.gov . GreaseCar
Auctions~ & Used
Blujay . Dell Auctions (desktops and laptops) . ebay (Firefox toolbar, popular items, search mispelled descriptions, feedback tools, selling tips) . Gun Broker: guns, knives, tools . Half . On Sale . Police Property Room . Trodo (barter) . Auction Watch | Auction Secrets . Crime-online . Fraud Aid . Freecycle . Power Sellers Unite . Scam Patrol | Auction helpers/snipers: Auction Mapper . Auction Sniper . Auction Stealer . eSnipe . Phantom Bidder . Snipe Swipe

Shipping: Fed Ex . UPS . USPS (Track & Confirm, Mailbox Map, postnet codes, fonts, unsolicited merchandise) | Postal news

Consumer & Comparison Guides
Bottom Dollar . Buy Buddy . Buyers Index . Cell phone plan comparisons . Charity Navigator . Clark Howard . Compare Net . Consumerist (Circuit City worker confessions) . Consumer Search . Froogle (price comparisons) . My Simon . Price Scan . Robo Shopper . R U Sure . 12 Ripoffs in America . Yelp customer experiences and reviews
Consumer Guide . Consumer Reports . Consumer World . Household Products contents & safety . How Much is Inside . Reseller Ratings . Ripoff Report . Recycling Guide . Which? (UK)
“ID Theft” Problems? Consumer Credit Reporting Companies Security Freeze (overview): Equifax, Experian, Innovis, & TransUnion;
Annual Credit Report (free in US, FTC's guide to credit rights, Call don't click?, beware of web sites that hint about being free but then try to charge you money) . How credit scores are calculated: hint: it's a secret . Disputing errors on credit reports
Banking & Credit Cards: Center for Responsible Lending: nonprofit working to reduce unfair lending . Bank Rate (e.g. checking and savings comparison) . Finance tips from FatWallet . Credit Boards: forum on credit . Emigrant Direct (reviews: Saving Advice) . Find a Better Bank . Good Money: socially responsible banking and financing . 9 banking tips . ING Direct . HSBC Direct . Liberty Reserve . Move Your Money (find a local well-rated bank) . NACA (well-regarded mortgage lender) . PNC: free checking . How hackable are RFID and credit cards? You will never know.
Banks make commissions on your shopping history . What does your credit card company know about you? . Your credit card is a tattletale
Opt Out (U.S): Prescreened credit offers . DMA members' mailing lists . DMA members' phone lists . Federal Do Not Call list
Complaints: Digital Consumer (fair-use rights) . Complaint Station . Consumer Affairs . Credit boards (forum, see especially “debt verification” and “1 2 Punch” for inaccurate items) . Customers Suck . FTC Complaint Assistant . Gripe Log . HowTo Complain . Those coupons on your web receipt are scammy Post Transaction Coupons (investigation) . Red Tape Chronicles . Rip off report (AKA Bad Business Bureau) . Telephone Do Not Call lists by State or Federal also: 800notes (to reverse look up annoying telemarketing numbers)
Recalls: US recalls . Dell Batteries . FDA recalls
Charities: Charity Navigator . Charity Watch (top rated) . Guide Star (990 forms, 990 primer) . Ministry Watch
Taxes (US): Tax refund loans
Mugs, T-shirts, & Swag
Cafe Press (forums) . Glarkware
Luxury Items:
Art . Ashford . Diamonds: history of . J Peterman . Sharper Image . Red Envelope
Food & Drinks
Restaurant Menu Tricks
Candy: Warehouse . Old Time Candy . Hometown Favorites . Licorice
Cooperative Grocer . Culinary parts
Chocolate: Chococo (UK) . Michel Cluizel . Vosges
Coffee: Sweet Marias . Kenyan Highland Cooperatives beans (fair trade)
Buying: Car Buying Tips . Used car tips (why new is a ripoff) . Cars Direct . Fuel Economy (Vehicle MPG) . Kelly Blue Book . Edmunds (Confessions of a salesman, Advice, cost to own calculator) . Vehix (new & used)
Repairing: Car-Part . Center for Auto Safety (CAS) recalls and common problems . Car Maintenance Bibles . Car problems . Mercedes Problems
Info: . Failing Enterprise rent-a-car: see the resources in the bottom-left of the page . Euro NCAP . Fleet-Central (Life cost calculator) . Gasoline FAQ . Hybrid mileage chart . Highway Safety ratings . Radar Test (radar detectors) . Paul Tan (blog rants) . Tires “use by” date . Truth About Cars | Books: Car Buyer's and Leaser's Negotiating Bible . What Car Dealers Don't Want You to Know
Traffic: Traffic simulator . Traffic waves
Misc. Items
CostCo . E-Florist . Off the Runway . Zillow (real estate prices)
Wholesale, B2B, Large quantity purchases: Alibaba . Tradekey . Private Label Buyer: an industry magazine
Unclaimed Money & Property: National Association of Unclaimed Property Administratos . Missing Money . National Unclaimed Property Database | States: . AR . CA . CT . DE . GA . HA . IA . IN . IL . MS . NE . NM . NY . OH . OR . PE . RI . WY | Unclaimed Baggage
Safer Shopping Shopping Experiences Marketing

Computer & Electronics - Bargains & Sales:
Comparison shop: Quixby . PC Part Picker
Amazing-Bargains . Ben's Bargains . Cheap Stingy Bargains . Cyber Deals . Free after rebate . Got Apex . Headline Deals . Hot-Deals . Refurb Depot . Slick Deals . Tech Bargains . Woot
 CDs & DVDs
Cheap-CDs . DVD Price Search . Deep Discount CD . Deep Discount DVD . Digital Connection . Poker Industries (Hong Kong, Japan, Europe)
Renting: NetFlix (Hacking Netflix) . Blockbuster . Amazon unbox analysis
Trading: Barter Bee (CDs, DVDs, & Games) . Peerflix (DVDs)
Help, Reviews, & Forums: Blank DVD Media Quality Guide . CD Freaks (forum) . CD Media World . CDR Info . Doom9 . DVD Beaver . DVD FAQ . DVD Talk . DVD Help (forum) . Ecoustics (forums) . iFixit (DIY repair Apple gear) . Mac - HowTo backup DVD . RPC1 (firmware) . DVD upgrade forum . Guide to capturing, cleaning & compressing . iDVD (format guide) . Nerd-Out . Optical storage review . VHS capture . Video Help | Discussion & Tips: Preserving VHS recordings . VHS is dead | Gold CDs (long-lasting) . CD & DVD cases . Disc Repair Pro . LP to CD . Tyvek sleeves . Vinyl sleeves
How to fix a scratched CD or DVD; see also Elprime's Media Recovery software, Emsa's DiskCheck (homepage)
CD & DVD tips: buy Taiyo Yuden (Japan), Falcon (UAE), or possibly Verbatim Datalife Plus (Japan). Burn CDs at 16x or slower, DVDs at 8x or slower.
 PDA, Tablets, ebook readers
Bargain PDA . Hiptop . Info Sync World Tablet PC comparison | Disposable: Hipster (3x5 cards, things to carry) . Hipster tips . PocketMod (8.5x11 paper)
ebook readers: ebook comparison chart . LCD comparison chart
DP Review (media comparison) . BHP Photo Video . Rob Galbraith . Imaging Resource . Steve's Digicams . Use Film . Adorama | Cam discussion . Compact Flash DB . Compact Flash comparison (1 GB) | CHDK - Canon add-ons (supported cameras) | Photo Printing: Mpix PosterBurner | Video sharing: Open Watch
Camcorder Info . Cam User . DC Resource . DV Spot . Simply DV . Steve's Digicams | CCTV & webcam forum
Cell phones:
Cell phone comparisons . Cell Phone Hacks . Howard Chui (blog, Howard Forums) . Let's Talk . Mobile Planet (aka eXpansys) . Rate plans | Opt out lists: CPNI (your cell phone records) . Verizon opt-out form (as of Oct. 2011, click “don't” 3 times, once for each option) . because of data retention records
Phones: Open Moko: unlocked, runs linux | Contract swapping: Cell Swapper . Cell Trade USA | How iPhones are made
Roaming coverage: GSM coverage: . Cell reception . Cellular Maps United States
3G and 4G for Cell phones, Laptops & Netbooks: Mobile Broadband Reviews . When is 3G not 3G (or 4G, 5G, ...)? (answer: always in the US) . Unpredicatable data prices . Avoiding Verizon's trick charges
Voice over IP (VOIP): Compare VoIP Providers
Apps: Clueful (iPhone, monitor privacy)
Problems: non-Apple USB chargers . Android Police (malware news) . Migrating away from Google-Android . Why cell phones use so much bandwidth (and divulge personal info) . Radiation levels . Cell phone spying? (CarrierIQ) . Stores selling your movement
Codes & Mods: CyanogenMod . GSM Network codes (alternate) . Whisper Monitor (Android firewall) . XDA Developers (Android and Windows Mobile)
Programming: NME (open source, Haxe) . PhoneGap (open source) . MoSync (free & $) . Corona ($) . Appcelerator ($$$)
 PVR (Personal Video Recorders)
BeyondTV . Meedio . MythTV (KnoppMyth, Hyam's Myth_Ubuntu Fedora guide) . PC HDTV . PVR Blog . SageTV (home theater example) . Slingbox . Mediagate (hard drive w/ video card)
TiVo: . Community . Forums . Repairs & upgrades . Tips . 30 second skip . Upgrade instructions
TV tuner cards: WinTV PVR-250 or PVR-350, MyHD PCI HDTV Tuner/Decoder, Plextor ConvertX PX-TV402U, Wireless laptop-TV video
TV Antennas: TV Fool (transmitter locations) Antenna Web (transmitter locations) Antenna types (newsgroup) AVS Forum (audio & video discussion) HDTV antenna coupons (government)
Firewire port does not work on your cable box? File a complaint.
 TV & Video Monitors:
PRAD (reviews, prices, & forums on LCD, plasma, and other displays), Energy consumption Viewing distances
 Video Games
EB Games . Easy Buy 2000
c|net . Digikey ($3 shipping on small orders) . The Honest Company . J&R . Nerd Kits (electronic assembly) . Outpost . Shopping.com . Smart Home (home automation) . Surplus Computers . Tech On Web . Tech Store . Tech Bargains
Components & Parts: Digikey . Mouser
Firebox customer reviews . Remote controls . Video Cable comparisons
Reseller Ratings . Tech IMO
 Computers, parts, peripherals:
New Egg . Mwave . Zip Zoom Fly . Tech for Less (open box) . geekhack forums
Price Watch . c|net . Anandtech forum . Reseller Ratings
Axion Tech . Computer Network Accessories . Cyber Guys . Dell tips . Dynamism . Expansys . Lycoris . MonoPrice . Puget Systems . Surplus Computers . Wiebe Tech . Woot: daily specials | ARS Technica system guides
Trading Forums: Anandtech . Hard Forum
Hard Drives: Seagate Barracuda ATA IV - ST380021A
Memory: Coast to Coast memory . MemoryX . Memory Finder (Edge)
Monitors: IPS LCDs (excellent quality) . LCD low-budget guide . LCD Parts
Motherboards: Intel D945GSEJT Johnstown (mini-ITX)
Netbooks: Open Pandora . Acer Aspire One Linux . Asus Aspire One or Eee PC . Windows refund instructions
Fist-sized low-watt computers: SheevaPlug (buy w/ SD port, forum install Debian, Connect peripherals, Tonido) . Slashdot tips
Laptops/Notebooks: ARM . ASUS Eee PC . Laptop replacement screens . Chem USA . Fujitso P1120 (tiny, bargain, forum) . Laptops with Linux . Notebook Review . PC Torque . Power Notebooks . Rock . Used PC | Serious Problems: HP laptops and their WiFi whitelist | Reliability ratings: Desktops . Notebooks (2004)
Networking: Canary WiFi spotter . Hyper Link Tech (antennas, wireless parts) . MetaGeek (WiFi spectrum analyzers) . Ubiquiti Networks (WiFi management) : current favorite wifi router Asus RT-N16
Printers: Kyocera . Brother . Global Printer (pretty good source for refurb printers)
Quiet Products: Antec Sonata case . Power Supply lab tests . Seasonic power supplies (quiet & energy efficient) . Silent.se . Silent PC Review . Silent PC tips . SilenX 400W . Zalman
Small Computers, Mini-ITX: Mini-Box . Mini-ITX.com . Soekris . Web-tronics (cases) . Xenarc (small LCD screens)
Sound Cards: Griffin iMic USB external
USB Flash Drives: Hi-speed USB Flash drives review . PQI (credit card size) . Sandisk Cruzer Titanium (sturdy) . Transcend JetFlash 2A
Cables, Fasteners, screws, bolts, glue, ...: Deep Surplus (cables+) . Fastener Hut (screws) . MonoPrice (cables) . Roadwired (cases & accessories) . Zip Linq (cables)
Cable management: Hook and loop ties . Cable raceways . Cable reel . Dinosaur flexible adhesive ducts
Cheap PCs: gOS PC or Everex TC2502 (ZaReason, Walmart) . IkonPC
Misc: Apple psychology training manual . Pretty good summary of the iPad
 Printers, Ink, Toner
Epson Chips . Laser Monks . Ink Supply | Brother HL-5140 laser . Dell 3000cn color laser . Top 10 Color Laser Review | Continuous Inking: Atlas Copy . Brandon Staggs . No Mo Recarts | Dye Sublimation: Olympus P440
 Payment Methods
PayPal (Warning . Sucks) . Private Buy (anonymous debit card) | Frauds
DIY Audio . Headphone . DIY headphone video . DIY Headphone amp instructions (beware head-fi.org?)
Beware Xerox WorkCentre 7535 and 7556 copiers copy/pasting random text

Pretty Good?
  Art & Supplies:
Dick Blick (bulk discounts) . Yessy
Co-Op Network - Credit Union ATMs appear to have pretty reasonable prices
Audio cable options . Speaker test tones | Audio Asylum - audio info
. Thomas Distributing . Battery shootout | Comparison of Low Self-Discharge rechargeable batteries
Chargers: La Crosse BC-900 . TurboCharger 4000 . GoalZero Guide 10 Plus solar charger, AA & AAA . Solio: portable hybrid (w/ solar) charger/battery . Maha C204F (110 V) or world adapters (110V - 240V) . Comparison chart
iPod: iPod Battery (user experience, Wired article, Restore & maximize battery) . DIY iPod batteries
Info: Battery FAQ . Battery University (do & don't, lithium) . Modifying digital camera batteries
Pocket references
  Bottles & Packaging:
SKS Bottle . Specialty Bottle
Busy Beaver
  Cameras (digital): . Modifying digital camera batteries
Canon Powershot A80 (review 2, specs) . Canon Powershot S1 IS (firmware updates, User tips, Fan club blog, manufacturer) . Megapixel camera-phone shootout | Camera photo samples
Small: Casio Exilim EX-S3 . Pentax Optio S . VEO Mini Capture Key Chain cam . Small fast recommendations
Video Digicams, Camcorders: Panasonic AG-DVX100AP, PV-GS150
Video - small: Aiptek Pocket DV 3100, DV3000
Stabilizers: DIY stabilizer (about $14) Home-built stabilizers . Stabilizer discussion . Stabilizer plans ($)
Printing photos: Profiles of digital printing labs
Scan Guage: monitor fuel use
Campmor . Emergency kits . Equipped . Mountain Laurel Designs: lightweight tarps . Platypus water bags . Stonypoint PoleCat walking staff . Walking Stick Flute
  Cell phones:
Nokia 1110 . Motorola V330 (have it unlocked?) | DIY antenna
Hats: Dave Brown . James Lock (UK) . Telescope cowboy hat . Village Hat shop
Jackets: Camber Arctic Thermal sweatshirts (long-wearing)
Pants: Adventure & Cargo . Dickies . Hidden cargo pants
Shirts American Apparel . Coolibar (sunscreen clothing?) . Ex Officio t-shirts . Shirts (dress) . Tattoo shirts . CheapesTees (cheap) . OMG Clothing . One Off custom clothing . Preshrunk (blog) . Threadless . Weird t-shirts
Shoes & Socks: Blundstone boots (Australia, US?) . Chaco shoes . Ecco shoes . Patagonia capilene® (travels well?) . Shoes.com . Silk . Smartwool (Merino wool) . Ragg socks (Merino wool) . Superfeet foodbed Thorlo™ (acrylic/polyster hiking socks) . Tilley travel socks (fast drying) . Type Z boots . Zappos (shoes)
Wallets: Jimi . Money-clip wallet
Zen alarm clocks . 7-day alarm clock
  Coffee - cold press:
Toddy Cafe . Coffee N More . (WaPo article)
Le Creuset: enameled cast iron . Cast iron seasonging science
  Digital / Analog converters:
Data Video Tec - DAC 100
  DVD Players:
LiteOn LVD-2002, Philips DVP642 (~$65)
  Ear plugs:
Elacin ER20 (Westone) . Travel plugs
Rowing machine
ARC AAA and CMG Infinity (discussion) . Forever flashlight . Inova X1 . PAL always-on LED . Squid Light | Electro Luminescent wire | Candle Power forums
  FM Transmitter:
C. Crane
Candy: Cowgirl chocolates (spicy or regular) . Scharffenberger chocolates (bean to bar chocolates) | Expiration dates
Dessicant packets (for dehydrated food): Jake's Marketplace (spendy shipping?)
Funfurde (funky furniture) . Mocoloco (funky designs) . Smart Furniture . Steel Case Leap . Toilet-lid sink combo | Couch buying tips (scroll to BimmerPilot's comments)
Custom playing cards
  Garden Tools:
Mary Jane's farm . Marshalltown trowels (sturdy)
American Science & Surplus . Fun Again games . Grand Illusions (UK) . The Green Head (somewhat unusual and newish items) . Nice Toys . Tesla coins . Volcano Book Arts . Pearls: How to buy Pearl Paradise or You Pearl (pearl and shell jewelry, beads, wholesale prices)
Ideas: Alltronics . Book of Joe . Cool Tools . Core77 . Freshman Checklist: Penn State . Funfurde . Good Design . MoMA . Sam's Toy Box . Uncrate
Science & Tech: American Science & Surplus . Edmund Scientific . Inventables: weird cool advanced tech parts . Smart Stuff
Gross: Underwear safe . Egg separator
Bulk, Quantity, & Wholesale: Best Offer Buy: electronics . ChinaBuye (huge selection, cheap, mostly free shipping) . China Grabber: misc electronic gadgets . Chinavasion: electronic gadgets (mp3, video, cell phones) . Joissu: for kids and adults (incl. naughty), bulk prices available . SKS Bottle: bottles
Eye Buy DIrect . Glassy Eyes: eyeware blog . Goggles 4 U . Optical 4 Less . 39 dollar glasses . Zenni Optical . (standard for protective eyewear is: ANSI Z87.1)
  Guns & Ammo
Gun-Deals: price comparisons
Sennheiser HD487 (spendy) or PX-100 (tiny) . Etymotic ER6i (Head-Fi, /.) . Grado SR 60 or 80/125 . Westone UM1 . Head-Fi forums . Bluetooth cell phones and Hearing Aids . ZDNet's reviews . Listening tests
  Headsets, local wireless voice:
Clear Com . HME . Telex
  Health items:
Floss holder
  House restoration:
Vandykes (Restoration Hardware Woodworker Antique Furniture Supply)
Titanium rings . Fake gem detector
Webstaurant Store . Cast iron seasoning and restoring
Victorinox 8" chef's knife (~$25) CRKT . Forshner . Knife site's Kyocera ceramic knives | Knife Center (bargain prices, including the DOVO straight razor with wood handle or bone handle) | Blade forums . Straight Razor Place forum
  Laptops / Notebooks:
Pelican (hardcase laptop carry-ons) . Privacy screens . Zero-shock sleeves
Cree LED bulbs, Philips dimmable LED bulbs Paralite full spectrum (Bluemax 70W dimmable desklamp, compact fluorescent bulbs) . LED light bulbs
clean-up instructions for compact fluorescent bulbs
When buying LED fixtures, look for ceramic or Nichicon capacitors, which are designed to last for decades
  Liquid Smoke:
  Luggage, bags:
. Container Store . eBags . Filson's Rugged Twill Wheeled Carry-On . Otter Box: crush-proof boxes . Pacsafe: bags with lockable steel mesh . Pelican: luggage and travel items . RAPS (luggage wrappers)
Adventure Travel Bags: Air Boss (no hip belt) . MEI Voyageur (phone orders, review) . Eagle Creek Explorer LT (zippers not lockable?) . REI Vagabond (zippers not lockable, discontinued?) . Tri-Zip #4032 (no hip belt) . Requirements: carry-on size (max=22x14x9?), carrying handle, removable shoulder strap, hidden backpack straps & padded hip belt, lockable zippers, sturdy construction; optional: compression straps, <5 pounds, attractive (see Travelite FAQ)
Backpacks - laptop: Bihn's Brain Bag . Acteryx Blade 21 Pack . Backpack Gear Test: reviews of hiking and camping gear
  Mechanical Parts & Supplies:
McMaster-Carr (every kind of part, including kitchen sinks)
 Medical supplies:
Aspivenin for bee stings, insect & snake bites (vacuum pump) . Saunders joint supports
PQI 1GB Intelligent Stick USB 2.0 Pen Drive, Transcend TS0MFLRD7 (memory card reader, reads 6 formats) 12 n 1 USB 2.0 External Card Reader (reads 12 formats)
Gerber Recoil
Wireless: Aruba
  Notebooks (paper)
Moleskine (Dick Blick)
  Office Supplies:
Container store . Muji (UK) . Office Zealot (blog)
BinocularsNikon Monarch 8x42
Sharp Zaurus
  Pencils & Pens:
Pilot G2 & Dr. Grip gel pens . Parker Jotter (stainless) . Mechanical pencils
Everlasting dog treats
Memory Foam
  Power Supply reviews:
more reviews
  Personal Care:
Shaving: Art of Shaving . Classic Shaving (double-edge and straight razor items and tips) . Colonel Conk . Wet shaving
Skin care: Bulk Apothecary (e.g. argan oil) . Cosmetics Cop . Kiehls . Castille liquid soap (natural ingredients)
Tampon Alternatives: Diva Cup, . The Keeper, . Soft Cup
U.S. Plastic
Contagious Graphics (posters, stickers, t-shirts)
  Precious Metals:
Border Gold . Kitco
DIY: DIY Projector Company . Izzotek
  Radar Detectors:
BEL 985, Whistler 1793
  Renewable Energy:
Outback Power Systems
How to tell if they're hand-knotted
  Sound Card
SoundBlaster Extigy - external
123 Stickers . Sticker Robot . VG Kids (posters, t-shirts, jackets)
White Dragon Pearl
  Toilet Paper
Cottonelle Roll Wipes & TP
  Video HD/TV PC cards:
Fusion . Hauppage 250/350 . MyHD . pcHDTV | see also: Myth TV
  Video Projectors:
Projector Central
Faraday cage for wallets & passports
  Washing Machines:
Horizontal Axis Washers
Casio Pathfinder: solar charged, altimeter, compass
  Water Bottles:
Camelbak Water Bottles
  White Boards:
DIY . Wall size
Waiter's friend: Pulltap

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