Let me just say it. I LOVE GETTING DEALS. I love coming back from a shopping trip and bragging to all of my friends how I was able to get a $200 winter coat for $30. (True story!) It almost makes me feel like I’m “sticking it to the man” when I find ways to get products at prices that are surely cutting into a company’s margins. That’s probably one of the reasons I get a little giddy when I think about buying things through ebates.com, using a coupon code, with a rewards gift certificate, and a cash back credit card.
Well, I found another way to get a nice little “shopping high” when I learned about budgetgadgets.com. Before I go into the details, let’s get a few things out of the way. BudgetGadgets.com is a Chinese wholesale retailer. I don’t want to get into politics, patriotism, or whether or not I should be buying only US products, but I will say this – I’ve worked at a company that manufactures products and the honest truth is that companies can make things cheaper overseas than they can in the US. That’s a fact. If companies can make them for cheaper, then they can also sell them cheaper. As a woman who is trying to keep costs down, I make my choices based on what I can or can’t afford. With that being said, I have no problems purchasing direct from a Chinese retailer if it is of the same quality and is more affordable.
When I first visited budgetgadgets.com, I was a little overwhelmed, simply because they have so many different products available on their website. Whether it’s protective cases for our handheld video games or a Santa Claus timer, budgetgadgets.com offering runs the gamut in terms of variety. They sort their products by main category, such as Home & Garden, Electronics, Toys & Hobbies, etc. and then within each of those categories, they have sub-categories. I hung out awhile in their Healthy & Beauty section, really intrigued by their varying acupuncture and massage items. They even have USB powered heated slippers. That’s right, you can keep your feet toasty at the computer by plugging the slippers into your computer. So cool.
As I was going through the site, I couldn’t help but notice how much more affordable these products were than identical products in the US. Just looking at a handful of their products, many times I could get at least a 50% savings over identical (or close to identical) products that are sold in US stores. That’s nothing to sneeze at.
I had the opportunity to look at a couple of products from budgetgadgets.com and was able to test their quality and compare the prices of similar products from other US-based websites.
Is it silly that I’ve always wanted one of these? There have been times that I’ve just sat on my bed for minutes picking lint balls off my sweaters so I could wear them. Using this lint remover, I was finally able to clean up one of my gray sweaters that has been sitting off to the side because it looked more white than gray from all the lint. Here’s a picture of my sweater with the left side before removing the icky lint balls and the right side after.
You can see that the lint remover did a great job removing all of the fuzzies. It collected them all in the container for easy dumping. The product itself is durable and well made. Now let’s talk cost – these sell for $7.77 on budgetgadgets.com, which includes free shipping. If you buy them in bulk (3+ to even more) the price drops even more. Similar product on Amazon.com sell for $13.16 all the way up to $49.95. That means through budgetgadgets.com, I can get a nice sweater shaver for 40% to 85% less than on Amazon.
I bought my brother a Gorilla Camera Tripod for his birthday and he’s said it’s been great. I was excited to see a similar flexible tripod on the budgetgadgets.com site. After testing this tripod, I think I got the one that is more suited towards point-and-shoot cameras, not SLRs simply because the weight of the camera caused the tripod to bend. With a lighter camera, it should be able to hold it’s flexible shape better.
Looking at the actual tripod, again in seemed durable and didn’t have an manufacturing defects. Comparing prices again, I see that other flexible tripods are on sale on Amazon for $20.66. Do you want to know how much these cost on budgetgadgets.com? $5.80. That’s about a 73% savings.
There are a few things to note about purchasing from budgetgadgets.com.
- They ARE shipping from overseas, so it might take a little bit longer for your products to arrive. Mine came about a week or so after ordering and the products were carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and were in a padded envelope.
- With that being said, remember that shipping is free SITE WIDE without a minimum purchase. So if all you want is the $2.00 cell phone case, shipping is still free.
- You have the option for some products to order them with or without the box. I’m not sure why that’s the case, but it’s cheaper if you order without the box.
- You’ll want to pay via PayPal, it doesn’t look like they accept credit cards.
Budgetgadgets.com offers so many products that I strongly you suggest you at least LOOK at their product offering. You might want to check out this cute digital kitchen timer that is just $3.85 or if you’re looking for party favors, check out these super cute Strawberry Cake towels. I actually have my eyes on a cordless Skype phone that they’re selling for $55 (in comparison to $62.89 on Amazon) and a couple of their acupuncture products.
SPECIAL OFFER! Budgetgadgets.com is generously offering What’s Cooking at DD readers an ADDITIONAL 5% savings off their already super cheap prices. Simply use coupon code RM5OFF22 when you place your order and you’ll get a 5% discount site-wide.
Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experiences may be different. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive free products from the manufacturer or their representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.