Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:29 AM
Quick Lightning Deals tips from someone who's sunk probably $500 into them on games alone:
1) Don't refresh, just stay on a deals page with the countdown timer.
2) Know where the Add to Cart button is, meaning its physical location on the page.
2a) If you're buying a multiplatform game, know that that button will be a Select options one, and that you'll have to pick from a drop-down after clicking it.
3) Start clicking as the timer hits 0:00:00, so you have a shot at clicking before you actually see the button.
4) Use a laptop/desktop to do your purchasing; don't bother with a mobile device.
5) Stay signed in when on Amazon. (I'd say one of the rules when shopping flash sales online is "stay signed in"; I use LastPass to help with that.)
6) Don't cheap out on your Internet connection. I've had pretty great success with getting everything I've wanted from Amazon over the years, but my college town Internet connection is blazing fast, and my connection at home is just about as good.
7) If you miss something in the Black Friday deals from Amazon, don't despair: There will be Cyber Monday deals, probably stretching for much of next week, and there will be more pre-/post-Christmas sales, too. Retailers want you in the store to buy things, which is why doorbusters exist; Amazon wants you clicking around (other things I've bought tonight: a remote caddy, football cards, a 23" TV), which is why Lightning Deals exist. (Well, that and the psychological value of "deals" in a capitalist, materialist society.)
I don't share these tips often, because ... well, I'm competing with y'all. But they've served me well.