By Kyle Monson
Tired of getting ripped off? Angry at Company X’s poor customer service? Head over to The Consumerist to read cathartic rants and learn how to save money on your purchases. The site provides readers with deal alerts, recall notices, and a forum for venting, and calls out businesses that don’t treat their customers right.
By Brian Heater
On an Internet dominated by dynamic Flash animation, shiny Ajax, and countless other instances of style over substance, Craigslist continues to rely on one of the most basic designs around. The world’s most popular online classifieds site has long focused on content and community, which is why it continues to be the Web’s premier one-stop destination for home rentals, jobs, second-hand goods, and yep, casual encounters.
by Jennifer L. DeLeo
Everyone knows Japan is well ahead of the United States in terms of next-gen technologies, but that doesn’t mean that consumers can’t get their share of Japanese goodies. At Dynamism.com, shop for ultraportable PCs, slim mobile phones, and wacky gadgets such as a duck-inspired USB flash drive or robotic bird. Add the site’s RSS feed to your browser to be notified when new products ship.
By Eric Griffith
You can still Name Your Own Price to an extent, but these days the deal-making site also offers you preexisting deals for your travel, be it flights, cars, lodging, or cruises. Check the PriceBreakers section for handpicked deals such as ultracheap flights and free rental car upgrades; or better yet, get them sent to you via e-mail or RSS.
By Jennifer L. DeLeo
A true geek wouldn’t be caught dead without his USB turntable, pocket mind reader, and LED watch. Online store ThinkGeek makes it easy to satisfy your geeky appetites for oddball gadgets and USB gizmos. New to the site is the drop-down menu for easy access to gifts for him, iPod stuff, and USB devices.
By Eric Griffith
Who do you trust more, the travel agent who’s never left his/her desk, or someone who’s already traveled where you want to go? TripAdvisor’s all about user-to-user communication on what works and what doesn’t when you’re out and about, with all the comforts of a social network to connect with your fellow tourists. And if you still want to get some expert opinions, they own the travel-guru site SmarterTravel.com.