With the holiday season finally upon us and no sign of a real (or sober) Santa, the stress of gifting is quickly starting to swirl around us with the cool breezes of winter. While the unscrooged among us are always looking to be thoughtful with our presents, sometimes we just have to go with the slam-dunk crowd-pleasers: booze, gift cards, framed selfies, lingerie, embroidered hand towels and electronics.
Luckily, that last category has gotten much easier to navigate thanks to not only the big name broad-swingers like Best Buy and Amazon, but to the real crate-diggers like GadgetFlow.
GadgetFlow helps users discover the newest, coolest tech devices by providing an extensive directory that is updated with 10 new products a day across 130 different categories. Categories range from 3D Printing to BBQ Equipment to Gadgets for Kids and all the way to Eco-Friendly and Crowdfunding Projects.
Anyone can jump on the site and snoop around but if you register (just a username, email address and password), you get access to the “Discounts” portion of the site that filters the gadgets and gizmos, across all categories, by reduced price. If you really have no clue what people are into these days, you can also check out the “Trending” section where products are reordered every day to reflect the stuff getting the most attention.
All in all, the site contains around 10,000 different products and just casually bouncing around, most of them seem to be under $100. There’s of course the odd $1K tent and the $400 Light Saber (which, if it can cleanly cut off someone’s arm, is a total steal) but for the most part, it’s all within a very digestible price range.
The only bummer is that to actually buy the stuff, you are punted out to the individual retailer’s site, forcing you to potentially enter your credit card info several times during the course of one shopping spree.
Since 2012 they’ve only raised about 100K, but given the fluid design, the ease of use and the well-curated selection, they’ve got a good-looking path to a pretty comfortable cash flow.
Either way, whether it’s for you, for someone else, for both or just for fun, you might want to try killing some time on GadgetFlow. At the very least, all of us could probably use a water floatie that looks like an old-school Nintendo controller…
Ben is a Toronto-based writer and public speaker with more than a soft spot for 90s hip hop. He has spent over 10 years in business & tech, more than 20 in the arts, and an entire lifetime in a state of perpetual judgment (highly recommended). He is the author of the blogs This Is Your Brain on Dating and Love Gone Cray and can be found pontificating on Thought Catalog, Notable.ca, The Toronto Standard, Offline Magazine, Gasm.org and Huffington Post.
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