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Getting Started with CheapCheapLah

CheapCheapLah is a community for sharing and discovering bargains and competitions. User accounts are free of charge. As a user, you participate in determining all site content by discovering, sharing, voting for, and discussing the latest deals, promotions , freebies and competitions. To ensure things run smoothly, there are some User Guides on how to use the website, and the site is moderated by a small team.

Please register and contribute to help your fellow Singaporeans find the best deals!

Discover

Check out hot deals. Visit the CheapCheapLah main page to discover the latest popular deals as voted by our community.

Discover new deals. The New Deals page has the most recent submissions. You can vote them to the main page!

Discover competitions. The All Competitions page lists all the latest competitions. You can vote on them in the same way that you can vote on deals.

Follow CheapCheapLah. All new deals are broadcast live via Twitter, Facebook, and RSS feed.

Browse CheapCheapLah Wiki. The CheapCheapLah wiki aims to create a comprehensive guide for all shoppers in Singapore. Please help by contributing to the Wiki and improving it.

Quick-links at the top of each page allow you to see the New Deals, the most Popular deals, the Freebies, or view deals by Tags. Categories are another way to browse deals. You can even follow the deals your friend or another user has voted on.

Share

Submit hot deals. Have you discovered an amazing offer that others will appreciate? Please let us know by submitting it! Your contribution will immediately appear on the New Deals page, and with enough votes will be promoted to the main page. There are a few things to check before you post (e.g. is it a duplicate?), along with some tips on what will go over better (written as guidelines) so please see our page on How to Submit Deals for more information.

Share a competition. If you have come across a fun competition or something with a good chance of winning, feel free to post it in the Comps section. You can keep track of competitions that you have entered, and share your excitement when you win!

Tell your friends. Help to spread the word about CheapCheapLah and inform your friends of deals and freebies they might be interested in. Click one of the SOCIAL MEDIA buttons to quickly share the deal via Twitter, Facebook, or Google +1.

Vote

By voting, you participate in the collaborative bargain-hunting and competition-finding process that is central to CheapCheapLah. While voting is not compulsory, the entire system relies on user votes, so make sure to do your part and vote for the deals and competitions you feel are good (except if you are associated with the business - see below).

  • Vote positive. If you like a deal or competition, voting positive is a way to thank the contributor and encourage others to post similar threads. Votes contribute to the popularity of each submission, and enough positive votes will promote the deal or competition to the main page. You also build a history of voting that you or your friends can view. However, unlike a Facebook 'like', you should not vote if you are in any way associated with the business that the thread is for.
  • Vote negative. Only deals support negative voting. To vote negative you must first leave a comment with your reason. Please use negative votes cautiously and sparingly, as they can often discourage others from contributing. It is often better to comment but not vote negative unless there is a serious need to warn other users against a deal or business. You should not vote if you are a competitor.
  • No vote. This is where you don't vote at all. Often appropriate instead of a negative vote.

The following table gives a summary of appropriate uses of votes. If the original title of description lacks information, please use the report link so that moderators can fix it up, instead of voting negative.

Positive Vote No vote Report button Negative Vote
The deal is good The deal doesn't apply to you Incorrect title The deal is not the cheapest available
You are associated with the poster Incorrect description Defective product
You are a competitor of the poster Out of Stock or Expired Major issues with retailer
You dislike the OP's avatar Should be posted to forums
You dislike the RRP of the product (not the actual price) SPAM
Duplicate
Misspelling
Incorrect URL

The voting guidelines provide more information about appropriate and inappropriate uses of votes.

Discuss

Comment. Share your thoughts by commenting on submissions, or thank the contributor for the great deal they enabled you to get or for sharing a competition where you won something. Read other users' comments to get an idea of opinions on the deal and whether the product is worth purchasing.

Ask. For other discussions you can create and participate in threads in the CheapCheapLah Forums. Many users have been able seek help in the Find Me A Bargain category.

Positive and negative votes can also be cast on individual comments. Offensive or inappropriate content can be reported (i.e. click report) for deletion by the moderators. Please refer to the Commenting Guidelines for more information.

Basic Rules

Please follow a few simple guidelines to make CheapCheapLah a better place for both the bargain hunters and merchants.

POST deals with a clear title including price and location. DO NOT post duplicate deals.
DECLARE if you are related to the store in any way. DO NOT sockpuppet or artificially vote for your deal.
LINK directly to the store offering the deal. NO Adult websites.
CHECK competitors prices before posting. NO Freeware or Free Websites.
MAKE SURE there is sufficient quantity (minimum of 10). NO Gambling Sites.
BE respectful to others. NO Banned Items or Websites.
REPORT any problems to the moderators. NO Charity Links.
Post deals that are active or have a definite start date. NO Competitions in Deals section. Post them in Competitions
Post deals that are available to Singaporeans. NO Affiliate Links.