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If This Then That is one of our favorite automation services because it can do almost anything you tell it to. One of the things you can do is set up an automated system to alert you about deals you want, and it's remarkably easy to do.
We've already walked you through the process of setting up IFTTT, and it's as simple as just clicking on a few boxes to create a recipe and make it do whatever you want. With that in mind, here are a few of our favorite recipes for always scoring the best deal.
Get Notified of Results for Your Craigslist and eBay Searches
When you're hunting for something on Craigslist or eBay it feels like you have to spend your entire day refreshing the site in order to find what you're looking for. Thankfully, IFTTT can make this cumbersome task a lot easier. This Craiglist search recipe that sends you an email when an item meets your search parameter, meaning you never have to scour Craigslist again. Alternately, this eBay recipe text messages you when something you want pops up on eBay. You'll never have to waste time digging through all those results again.
Grab All Kinds of Great Free Stuff
All types of sites put stuff up for free all the time. If you want to keep track of these, you just need to pick a recipe that works for you. Our favorites include recipes that send you an email when a free book is added to the Kindle top 100, an email for free MP3s from Amazon (or iTunes), or when apps go free on Appshopper. You can also get an email with the iTunes App Store's "Deal of the Week" so you never miss out on a cheap app. Basically, with a little set up, you'll never run out of free content.
Score Anything From Woot for Cheap
Woot is one of your favorite deal sites, and the nice thing about it is that it integrates nicely into IFTTT. So, you can set a recipe to email you when iTunes gift cards are on sale, get the deal of the day via text message, or even get notified when a Dyson product is on sale. You can pop in and modify the search terms on any of these recipes to meet whatever criteria you want. Of course, if you're looking for something really specific like a new SSD, this recipe will hunt across all kinds of deal sites to send you the best deal.
Get a Deal on Exactly What You Want from Amazon
Setting up a notification to get Gold Box deals from Amazon is easy, but your inbox will be inundated with junk you don't want. A better way to do it is to set up a keyword in the Amazon Gold Box feed so you're only notified when items you care about show up. For example, you can modify this recipe that sends out deals on iPad stuff to match any keywords of your choosing. That way, you filter through the junk and get just the deals you're interested in.
Get Deal Posts from All Your Favorite Web Sites and Blogs
A lot of sites (including ours) have a deals tag they use when they write a blog post about an app that goes on sale. These are usually curated, and filled with some of the better apps out there. If you're hunting for any cheap software, this is the easiest way to keep up to date with the sales. Ours will get you everything we post as a Dealhacker. You can also grab deals from Gizmodo, MacStories, and the Verge. You can make this for pretty much any blog you want by just changing the URL in the "This" part of any of these recipes.