Update [8/4]: Made some tweaks to the design based on your feedback. Note: you may need to clear your browser cache to see the changes.

Update [7/27]: Thanks, everyone, I appreciate the feedback. We'll be addressing the concerns you've voiced here. Please continue to leave design comments in this thread.

Big news, everyone! Starting today, you'll be seeing some cool changes around here as a shiny new look for Ben's Bargains rolls out in stages. Here's a recap of the updated/new features:
  • Hotness Meter: Back by popular demand!
  • At-a-Glance Price History: Price drops are displayed in green.
  • Watch Alert: Can now be toggled on and off directly from the post.
  • Comment Scores: Rate each other's posts and check your score in your profile
Have a look around and let me know what you think in the comments below. (Some of you may need to clear your browser's cache.) Happy deal hunting!

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    Juggernaut_510 Ben's cred: 47
    Posted 11:16 pm PDT 07/7/11

    IT seems this site has gone to crap ever since Ben left. Now this change just sets the last nail on the coffin.

    New design is confusing and just plain SUCKS. Looks like something from the 90's.

    Guess I'll be going elsewhere for deals from now on.

    Tuesday, October 28, 2008

    Los Angeles-based Internet Brands disclosed Tuesday as part of its earnings report that the firm has purchased two web sites, BensBargains.net, and GrooveJob.com.

    Ben has been gone for almost 3 years now.

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    UncleFodder Ben's cred: 13
    Posted 7:08 am PDT 07/8/11

    Is taking some getting used to, but I think it's all good.

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    biggin Ben's cred: 42
    Posted 8:06 am PDT 07/8/11

    this site gave me gonorrhea. true story.

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    Toby Ben's cred: 74
    Posted 8:20 am PDT 07/8/11

    Me too #2. Good work Ben.

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    hydroguy Ben's cred: 3
    Posted 5:46 pm PDT 07/8/11

    #4: Ain't no Ben. He's long since sold out of this website.

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    machrob Ben's cred: 30
    Posted 11:24 pm PDT 07/10/11

    maybe it's just me... but is there Major style sheet issues?

    I don't see separation between the products anymore in Chrome, in Firefox it's fine.

    I think you need to rename the style sheet, and force the pages to pull the new one,it's not working on Chrome properly

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    gangolfus Ben's cred: 45
    Posted 12:55 pm PDT 07/11/11

    Try ctrl+F5 to force a full page reload.

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    adg Ben's cred: 98
    Posted 9:16 pm PDT 07/11/11

    Bring back giveaway products people want to win

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    try_restarting Ben's cred: 5
    Posted 11:02 am PDT 07/12/11

    I haven't seen the separation between products anymore either the past few days in Chrome. Guess I'm not the only one.

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    machrob Ben's cred: 30
    Posted 9:08 pm PDT 07/12/11

    they fixed it

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    qdv206 Ben's cred: 14
    Posted 7:28 pm PDT 07/15/11

    really like this new design. IT ROCK

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    nonesuch Ben's cred: 54
    Posted 10:36 am PDT 07/22/11

    Is there any way to opt out of this new Fisher-Price look? I really, really don't like it.

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    fdsurge Ben's cred: 28
    Posted 9:47 am PDT 07/23/11

    BB new owners must be disappointed in their purchase, since this place turned to crap in the few years since they bought it. Haven't been here in weeks, SD has all the real deals anyway

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    ebernjr Ben's cred: 6
    Posted 12:41 pm PDT 07/23/11

    New Design..

    I find I need to scroll more to see the offerings, fewer on each screen (1600 x 1200 res 20 incher).

    I find the prices harder to read, given the color choices.

    Separation between products seems space wasted, fools eye into thinking I'm at the end. Have to look right to scroll bar.

    Would choose older design, given option.

    Thanks

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    boseith Ben's cred: 5
    Posted 10:33 pm PDT 07/23/11

    I hate the new design it's hard to spot items. Before the item would stand out now it's just the two big buttons which detract from the deal.

    I hope the design is reverted. I've already started looking for alternatives to Ben's Bargains and I've been coming here for years.

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    ironbadge Ben's cred: 353
    Posted 6:21 am PDT 07/24/11

    Thanks Dave_c for redirecting.

    The new design looks detached, uninformative, and ugly.

    The site is about selling and discussing merchandises. The "old" design look decent. The things that should be improved are the site's features, not the look. But if you want to improve the look that bad, then make it clearer, lighter, and brighter like Google's. Google has minimal graphics but it is making huge profit.

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    Petejc Ben's cred: 104
    Posted 7:14 am PDT 07/24/11

    More thanks to Dave_C for redirecting. Here are my comments:

    Boy, I second these a big bunch! For starters:

    (1) The title can be so long that the name of the supplier can't be seen.

    (2) I can't "right click Open in new window" to see "discuss" so it really slows me down and disuades me from looking at the "discuss"

    Everybody seems to be going the "More glitz, less info" route anymore

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    mc Ben's cred: 44
    Posted 8:17 am PDT 07/24/11

    The ads take up more space when means more scrolling to see the "deals". I find I am using this site less since the change. I get bored with it more quickly than I used to.

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    binaryvisions Ben's cred: 112
    Posted 2:07 pm PDT 07/25/11

    This design is awful and clearly demonstrates the fact that someone made design decisions without any actual regard to their functionality.

    What was this site about?

    A) The item being posted

    B) The price of the item

    C) The discussion happening around the item.


    B is still okay. However, the item in question is now less obvious because of the giant frame and buttons around it, and worst of all, the discussion is virtually invisible when scrolling through the page. Tiny font next to a bunch of other tiny fonts, UNDER the item itself, does not lend itself to easy visibility. An item I might not otherwise be interested in could easily entice me to at least click through when I see several discussion posts which let me know it might be worth considering.

    I'm not against change or redesign. Some change can be good. However, this was a big step back. Whereas I used to visit Ben's at least daily if not more than once a day, I rarely look now.

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    synergy Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 9:55 am PDT 07/26/11

    I don't get it...if Internet Brands owns this site *and* owns vBulletin, why are they using PHPBB as the backend?! hmmmm....

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