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Friday5: Top Boston-based Shopping Sites & Services

Posted by Scott Kirsner  November 27, 2009 07:30 AM

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The Friday5 is a list of five things worth knowing about, each with a Boston connection.

In honor of Black Friday, today it's sites and services geared to finding great buys online.

Want to add to the list? Post a comment...

- CheapToday.com: A team of editors selects the best bargains (and freebies) available at stores like Target, Kohl's, Wal-Mart, and Calvin Klein. E-mail newsletters include "Daily Deals" and "Weekly Wow."

- Daily Grommet: Video reviews of innovative products and gifts from a Lexington-based crew.

- SmartBargains.com and RueLaLa: Run by the same Boston-based company (recently acquired for $350 million), SmartBargains serves up deals on stuff like linens, jewelry, shoes, and luggage; Rue La La offers insider deals on designer apparel for very limited time periods.

- StyleFeeder: Service helps you browse shoes, apparel, jewelry, and accessories, and then learns about your personal style to make recommendations. Based in Cambridge.

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4 comments so far...
  1. Scott- The CheapToday Team very much appreciates including us in the list of the Top Shopping Sites.

    Regards,

    Chris Hill
    President & CEO
    CheapToday.com.

    Posted by Chris Hill November 27, 09 08:35 AM
  1. Thanks for including Daily Grommet on the Black Friday list. We're the place to go for finding a gift the person definitely won't already have. We focus on telling each product's story and origins. Sometimes it is a technological invention, sometimes it is wonderful craft, and sometimes it is green or social enterprise innovation. Enjoy!

    Posted by Jules Pieri, founder of Daily Grommet November 27, 09 09:47 AM
  1. Got another one for you: Fashion Playtes...a place for 'tween girls to design their own clothing and actually get it made. But a gift certificate. North Shore based. American manufacturing and heck of a lot of fun. Great quality. We did a review of it at Daily Grommet if you want to check it out: http://www.dailygrommet.com/products/248-Fashion-Playtes--Design-Your-Own-Clothes-for-Tween-Girls

    Posted by Jules Pieri November 27, 09 10:06 AM
  1. BuyWithMe (http://www.buywithme.com) is a group-buying site that allows people to get great deals if a certain number participate - and they're based here in Boston.

    Posted by Josh November 27, 09 10:19 AM
 

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