One of the most important ways the Internet has affected daily life is the way we shop—especially for consumer electronics. I rarely buy anything in a store without first seeing if I can get a better deal online, and, one of hundreds of sites serving announcements of big rebate offers, coupon codes and close-out deals is usually a first stop. This week, the Ben behind Ben’s Bargains launched, an interesting interpretation of the deal-site model cross-bred with the community-powered nature of sites like All the deals on the new site are user-submitted, and the hottest ones surface to the top of the page after receiving votes of approval from other users. Check it out, because if you’ve never felt the unique endorphin rush of saving hundreds on gadgetry over the regular store-browsing schmuck, you’re really missing out. —John Mahoney

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