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A bounty of bargains online

Isn't it exciting to come home from work and find that little brown package waiting for you at your back door? It's almost as thrilling as it was finding that same item online at a bargain price in the first place.

The May issue of ShopSmart magazine, published by Consumer Reports, scours the Internet for the most reliable sources of the best online sales and bargains to be found any day of the week.

Here's what they found:'s outlet was the best place to find discontinued or refurbished electronics and appliances.

There's also a section called "Last Chance Deals," where you can find things like cellphones and computer software at discounted prices. was the best place to find irregular and imperfect all-clad cookware and kitchen items with prices starting at least 32 percent off the original retail prices. A separate clearance section has even bigger savings. is a great place to find furniture, home decor and other housewares that have been discontinued or are out of season as well as outlet-only items.

There's also a holiday section with lots of supposedly holiday-themed items that can actually be used any time of year, such as the Ombre Green table runner, originally $59.95 and on sale for $19.95.

Visit and click on "overstocks" to find great deals on overstock and discontinued items. The "on the counter" section features further discounts on limited quantity, limited time items. That's where I saw a girls' bathing suit on sale for $1.

The "not quite perfect" section features irregulars, which are still covered under Land's End's awesome guarantee policy. You can return anything you don't like for a full refund.

During's Hello, Yellow sales, I've gotten full-sized lotions and sprays for as little as $2 and Wallflowers air fresheners for a buck.

You can often find similar deals at the brick-and-mortar locations without having to pay shipping, but you usually have to buy large quantities. Time it right and you can get free shipping during sale time online.

You'll also want to click on "discontinued fragrances" at the bottom of the page to get steep discounts on products that either aren't being made any more or are being produced in different packaging or under a different name.


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