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Mike G Three times over the last two years I've missed deals despite signing up for a reminder. Part of the problem is I already get lots of work and personal email so the reminder can get lost. Another problem is I need to stop using my Hotmail account which gets checked several times a week, but not every day like my work and Comcast home email. Finally, there are occasions when I work 12 hours or more or I'm out late and miss the midnight deadline.

Would it be possible to have a prepay option for software as an alternative to waiting until discount day? In those cases I wouldn't even mind if my credit card were charged days in advance of getting the license--as long as I don't miss another deal!!

I know this problem wouldn't happen if I just check Bits du Jour every day. I usually do. But somehow the days I miss have all too frequently featured discounts I was waiting for. Life gets busy and I think "oh, that deal is not coming up for another couple days..." Whoops!
        May 14 2009 at 12:49am
Mike, I feel your pain about missing deals because you forget to check the site the day of a desired deal. Have you considered a computer-based reminder solution? If you use Firefox every day, there's an extension called 'reminderfox' (https://addons.mozilla.or...addon/1191) that might be useful. If you don't use Firefox daily (or use an inferior web browser), then a program called 'dates' ( might help. 'Dates' is an MS-DOS program (from way-back-when) but it works just fine on XP...don't know about Vista as I don't run Vista. Stick a shortcut to 'dates' in the "startup" folder and you'll get reminded of special dates every time you boot the computer.

Both programs allow you to set advance notices, so that 4 days before the date they'll say "4 days until ...", the next day they'll say "3 days until ..." and so on. They're both also useful for those pesky monthly bills :-) 'Reminderfox' has a slight edge over 'dates' for that purpose in that if you pay the bill early, you can 'cancel' the notice and it won't bother you again...until next month. With 'dates', you'd have to edit the data file and change the date to get the same effect.

'Reminderfox', as usual for a Firefox extension, is freeware. 'Dates' is shareware, but as is typical for MS-DOS programs, doesn't "expire". I only recently came across 'reminderfox' so haven't really checked it out yet, but I've been using 'dates' for more than a decade now.
        May 14 2009 at 2:17pm
Rick, thanks for the suggestions. Actually I have several alarm / calendar / reminder utilities. Using them could indeed help for most of the scenarios I mentioned. But they wouldn't help if I don't get home until after midnight.

So, Prepay Before Discount Day is the only way!
        May 14 2009 at 2:52pm
S B I agree 100%.

Here on the west coast, the cutoff time is 8:59 PM.

I have missed deals both because I've gotten home late, and because I've "cut it too close" and then had fifteen minutes of trouble trying to connect over a supposedly very reliable DSL connection.
        May 14 2009 at 5:37pm
Nico Westerdale Interesting ideas guys - please keep them coming - but I don't think prepay is something we'd ever do here.

Firstly it invalidates the 'impulse buy' aspect which enables us to get good sales numbers, especially on deals that get linked, shared and blogged and 'go viral'.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the reason we can get such good deals from our vendors is that it's only available for 24 hours. Prepaying is really turning the deal into a week long promotion, and our vendors have said that they would not be prepared to give such high discounts for that.

Also it's worth remembering that the deals are 24 hours, so if you're on the west coast you can always purchase at 9pm the night before.

We also have nofity buttons on every deal, so you can get an email about anythig, and we have RSS and twitter too so you should be able to route the notifications to anywhere you are.
        May 15 2009 at 3:14am
Mike G That's pretty much the reponse I was expecting. What your saying makes total sense. I wanted to put the issue out there anyway.

We'll just have to be more vigilant. An RSS or twitter feed into my Verizon Blackberry would help a lot since I have it on me at all times. Or I could just send the email notifications to my work address. But I need to check the non-work usage policy...

Meanwhile, I'll jump on the bandwagon for bringing WinPatrol back soon. Didn't get home until after midnight when that was on discount several weeks ago... :-(
        May 17 2009 at 6:45am
Nico Westerdale I hear you, and we do already have those feeds...
        May 28 2009 at 10:00am
Nico Westerdale Please note our twitter page is now:
        Aug 19 2009 at 4:19pm
Has anyone considered offering a pre-payment "coupon code" for a 24 hour extended
purchase period?

Non-transferrable (and of course, non ebayable)

Like for an additional $5 or $10 service fee?

I would gladly pay the extra fee, if I'll be out of town, or on vacation, or working late, etc;
to know I could still be a program at a discount when I get back in front of my computer and can complete the purchase.
        Dec 11 2009 at 6:50am
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