Daily Deals Site – Review

This week’s review is about happens to be the last item in Yan’s this month revision of popular deal sites and is also the youngest site (Jun 2005) without a review.

This is a really simple site with a handful of clear menu items on top, taking to various sections of the sites. Briefly, the three vital sections of the site are deals, coupons and forums.

Like many other sites, every deal posted to the main site, results in one thread added to the forum. There is also a section in the forum, which lets users submit deals, however there is not a very high amount of activity there. Coupons section has a decent collection of coupons (2000+ coupons from 800+ stores).

There is a site search right on top of every page. A quick checked proved to be very unimpressive. I tried to search for “external hard drive”. There are several items, with the same phrase listed as a part of the name. However, the search system performs a logical OR query and no ranking for best results. So, the first external hard drive in the results I got was at about 10th position only.

Brads Deals Screenshot

The core elements of the site - deals - have a picture with a paragraph which describes the product in short and how to get the deal. Bradsdeals makes a paragraph with this information, while other sites make bulleted points or something like that. Also the deals feature a slightly bigger image than other deal sites and the deals are in a 2 column layout, thereby giving it a look which is not very typical to a deal site.

One thing which is obvious on visiting this site is the high media coverage it has got. The header section shows that this website has been featured in several main stream news media. Also the left column of the home page shows screen grab of Brad Wilson live of some news channel. I am not sure how this website has managed to get so much media coverage, while there is nothing exotic. Surely, this media coverage should have helped them a lot in becoming popular.

Yan’s listing shows that this website is online since Jun’05, which I believe he should have picked up from Alexa. However digging into shows that it has actually been online since 2001. It is a known fact that most deal sites created around & before that time period have all become popular and have regular visitors. This answers the question, how come they are one among the popular deal sites?

For me, this is just one other deal site. Just nothing interesting.

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8 Responses to “Daily Deals Site – Review”

  1. 1 Yan Apr 14th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    I believe BradsDeals had a different domain name what it was started, thus the discrepancy in dates

  2. 2 Mike G. Apr 14th, 2008 at 9:04 pm
  3. 3 Paul Apr 14th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks Yan & Mike for that clarification. Do you know how they get so much media coverage ?

  4. 4 Mike G. Apr 14th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Hey Paul,

    Brad has been doing this successfully for a long time, so it could just be that. Also, it is not uncommon for successful deal sites to have representation by a PR company.


  5. 5 Yan Apr 16th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    It is funny that I see Brads Adsense ad on the sidebar right now. It says:
    Handpicked Deals & Coupons at Over 600 Stores at

    Wonder how that happened… :-)

  6. 6 kaller May 11th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    I have been using and They are great!

  7. 7 deb Jun 13th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    I found a really kewl DOD site on today:
    they update @ 6pm EST each day it seems.

  8. 8 Doug Coates Feb 12th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I’ve been a Brads Deals fan for quite a while, and I have purchased a number of items through them, but I’m beginning to wonder about them now.

    Last week I paid $40 for a deal that was supposed to provide a $50 Restaurants.Com gift card plus a $50 FTD.Com gift card. My credit card appeared to be accepted but
    1) I never got an email receipt.
    2) I never got either of the gift cards.
    3) when I went to the Brads Deals web site, where I paid the money, to contact customer service, THERE IS NO WAY TO CONTACT customer service.

    The failure to receive either of the gift cards (valentine’s day gifts) could be been some kind of Snafu on the web, But the failure to provide a way to contact customer service, by a company that processes transactions for 3rd parties, is INEXCUSABLE.

    The other thing I have noticed is that I can’t count on any quality evaluation by Brads Deals concerning the items that they list. I’ve bought several items that were decent deals, but about 1/2 of the items were of disappointing quality when I received them, and I would not have purchase them had I known. When I shop at Costco, I can count on their products being decent quality at least 90% of the time. Costco obviously evaluates the quality of their offerings before they agree to sell them. This is not true at Brads Deals.

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