Markdownalert.com is an Attractive, but not the Best, Resource for Deals

Markdownalert.com is a subscription newsletter that regularly sends alerts for the latest sales, discounts and coupons that come in to their database.  After signing up for this service, a shopper chooses a basic category of interest (“Women – Apparel, Accessories & Shoes” versus “Home Decor – Bed, Bath” and three other categories.)  Unfortunately, shoppers can’t narrow alerts by retailer, discount percent, price range, style, or anything else, so you’re limited to receiving the deals the site wants to send you (or those that they have an affiliate relationship with).

Most features of Markdownalert.com are available via the front page, and do not require subscription. You can bypass signing up for the scheduled alerts altogether and still access the new markdowns page, the coupon list, a series of guides, and a blog (cause everyone has to have a blog).  The front page features several products, clearly marked by discount percentage. The newest sales, products and trends are also viewable via the blog and are accompanied by helpful money-saving bits of advice, such as how to create a Sunday brunch at home, along with an alert for Macy’s electronics sale.  This alert is accompanied by a selection of products, such as the “Krups Programmable 10-Cup Coffee Maker was: $90.00, on sale for: $54.00 (paid for in 14 trips to Starbucks.”  However, the lack of an “about us” page does raise some serious red flags for us, as it’s difficult to determine who is really behind the site. This is confusing because the blog entries are written in “first person”, yet, there is no person to reference on the site.

The New Markdowns tab shows one product from each of the five categories (Women, Men, Kids/Babies, Home/Garden, Gadgets).  Delving into the “Women” categories shows am assortment of products that can be narrowed into more specific categories such as “rings, ” and “flats,” and shows results from a wide range of stores from Chloe “>Max and Chloe to Onlineshoes.com.  All in all, the New Markdowns page is an okay basic browsing tool, but sites such as Retailmenot.com have a much larger selection.

The verdict: Nay. We think RetailMeNot.com is much better.

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Comments

  1. markdownalert says

    Thanks for checking us out (I think).  LOL.  We’re a newly launched site – not focusing on coupons – but instead focusing on when name-brand products are marked down…  The whole site – including the newsletter is free.  You are right about us not having an about us page – we’re fixing that right now – we must’ve missed it in our mad rush to add products that are currently on sale.  I agree – RetailMeNot is the best site on the web right now for coupons – luckily that’s not what we’re trying to be.  We decided to build Markdown Alert – after getting tired of paying full price for something we wanted, only to have it go on sale the week later.  We figured there had to be a better way – and created our site.  Hopefully you’ll give us another look – not based on how many coupons we have.

  2. says

    @markdownalert- We’re changing the title of the post because it is misleading and a mistake on our end. In the body we never said you were a coupon site, but a way to be alerted about deals and, while you’re site definitely has a bright future, there are some kinks that need to be worked out. Please send us a note when you finish your updates

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