All About Ben's Bargains

Ben's Bargains

Ben's Bargains launched on January 6, 2000 as the brainchild of Ben Chui, a UC Berkeley sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering & Material Science. Originally known as "Ben's DVD Bargain Center" and then "Ben's Bargain Center," the site quickly found a niche among online deal seekers in the waning months of the original dot-com bubble.

Thanks to the site's loyal following (affectionately known as "Ghetto Dogs") and great deals relentlessly updated 7 days a week/365 days a year, Ben's Bargains has become one of the top bargain shopping destinations on the internet. Whether it's the hottest notebook, gadget, sneaker or, yes, bacon deal, Ben's has been there with the inside scoop for over 10 years.

Ben's team is committed to finding the lowest prices and best deals on the internet and earning your trust on a daily basis. Let us know what you love about the site, where we've fallen short and what you'd like to see from us in the future! If you are with the media and would like a quote from one of our experts, please visit this page.

Happy Deal Hunting!

MEET THE TEAM

Like the Dread Pirate Roberts, the crew carries on the tradition and spirit of Ben, who disembarked at the last port of call loaded with tales of Black Fridays past. They are:

Agent K

Agent K

A natural-born thrifter, one of Agent K’s proudest accomplishments in life is that she owned 13 pairs of Doc Martens in Jr. High (during the height of their popularity), all of which were found for under $10 a pair. She loves scoring cheap/free things so much that she went trick-or-treating every year until the age of 22. An odd mix of geek and fashionista, she gets just as excited about killer deals on Star Wars toys as she does about brag-worthy bargains on designer shoes and clothing.

Barbarossa

Barbarossa

Barbarossa is notoriously frugal (some say cheap), a quality he attributes to his Dutch genes, and is not beyond dragging furniture home from the dumpster to save a couple bucks. He owns a large number of watches and has been building computers since his teenage years. Currently, he resides near the sea in sunny California. In a fight between a hippopotamus and a grizzly bear, his money is on the hippo.

leothelion

leothelion

A Human/Robot hybrid powered by electricity and Mexican food, Leo enjoys travel and playing chess. His many accomplishments include never buying anything at retail price and dozens of participation awards, including a recent attempt to eat a 72-ounce steak.

Ouragos

Ouragos

Ouragos is always in pursuit of whatever adventures he can find. Mountaineering, kayaking and hiking allow him to clear his mind while simultaneously experiencing the greatest things nature has to offer. Aside from the newest and neatest tech gadgets, Ouragos keeps his eye out for the best deals that enable others to experience their own amazing outdoor adventures (or protect themselves from dinosaur attacks). He can always be found planning his next trip and eventually plans to hike the Pacific Crest Trail with his wife.

RissRizz

RissRizz

RissRizz is a fashion stylist when she's not hunting for cheap finds on Ben's Bargains. She loves digging up fashion, home and beauty deals so that everyone can look fantastic on a budget. She refuses to spend full-price on anything she purchases. A veterinarian at heart, RissRizz volunteers at an animal shelter in her spare time and also teaches girls about careers in fashion.

ShadowM

ShadowM

ShadowM is known for being thrifty to the point of reusing tea bags, and enjoys searching for deals to make her life more complete. Because camping is cheaper than a hotel, she enjoys looking for discounts on camping and hiking gear.  When not scouring the internet for deals, she spends time running, reading and watching Adventure Time with her son.

Sharik

Sharik

Born into an itinerant family, Sharik traveled the country far and wide and amassed a collection of obscure vocabulary before later taking the red pill and learning the core precepts of Ben's Bargains from the master himself. Beyond the world of online deals, Sharik can be found scrambling around the tennis court, defending the honor of Schlotzsky's and fighting the encroachment of irony on all that is right and good.

TheKenChan

TheKenChan

When not serving as BenCat's butler and personal trainer, Ken spends his spare time cycling, tinkering with his computer and finding the city's best Reuben sandwich. As a published photographer, Ken finds nothing but joy in discovering deals on DSLR lenses and the lens-shaped mugs made to look like them.

Trainman

trainman

Trainman likes to play pinball and watch baseball when he's not out riding the rails. Since he's always looking to save money for his latest train adventure, he loves finding great deals on electronics, kitchen gadgets, and any other items that will fit into a sleeping car roomette.

BenCat

BenCat

Resident money saver extraordinaire.

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