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Doug Nebeker ("Doug")
I start on amazon to get a baseline.
Then I look around for better offers (generally discarding fly by night places like people selling on ebay, unless it's something that I can't get elsewhere and the person has 10,000+ 5 star transactions).
Then I usually end up buying from amazon.
By amazon I mean one of the stores selling through amazon.
Amazon has the largest number of different sellers for a lot of things, and they are directly competing to have the lowest listed price, because that guy gets the sale. This competitive pressure often results in the lowest price.
If the price is still too high, then I don't buy it. Maybe I look again in a few weeks, months, or years.
There are many websites that will email you and let you know once the price goes down if you signup with them. You can also select the items you are interested in and you will get a newsletter with info about their availability and prices.
I am sure you don't want to keep going back to the check every week or month to see if the item you are looking for has gone down on price of if it is in stock.
What i am trying to figure out is the best way or the most common way to find out about sales happening ...
I've signed up for stuff like you mention in the past and then been spammed into oblivious. The sites that run that sort of service will sell your email address to every con artist in the world too, so soon you are getting thousands of emails a day.
I would never give a real email address to any such site.
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