Exciting news today: we're rolling out an updated site design for Ben's Bargains! It'll be the first major site update in nearly two years, and we've incorporated some of the feedback we received on previous releases.

Some of the new or updated features include:
You can see a "before and after" image by clicking on the thumbnail below.

We've also made some "behind-the-scenes" fixes to make the site perform more smoothly and improve the overall bargain hunting experience.

Please let us know what you think in the comments below and thanks for making Ben's Bargains one of the premier deal site destinations on the web!


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    jl Ben's cred: 48
    Posted 4:06 pm PDT 05/23/13

    Too much vertical space taken.

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    MPoWeRM3 Ben's cred: 51
    Posted 4:41 pm PDT 05/23/13

    jl wrote:
    Too much vertical space taken.


    Agree. Like the last version better.

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    Nivram Ben's cred: 327
    Posted 5:13 pm PDT 05/23/13

    Wow. Really HATE the new design! Absolutely LOATHE tool bars, even if they're part of the web page. This seems overly large and clunky, not at all streamlined. Oh, and you guessed my location wrong, I'm NOT in Ft Worth!

    Pretty sad, all in all.

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    bboyflashy Ben's cred: 141
    Posted 5:13 pm PDT 05/23/13

    too much scrolling

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    BigPuppy Ben's cred: 72
    Posted 5:20 pm PDT 05/23/13

    And without extra clicking we can NOT see
    the difference with previous price.

    Lots of stupid bugs. For example on http://bensbargains.net/deal/logibaconultimate-ears-100-noise-isolating-earphones-2-at-zagerz-310823/
    the price went down, while the arrow is pointing up...

    Crap...

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    Goob Ben's cred: 188
    Posted 5:36 pm PDT 05/23/13

    Don't like it. I thought I was downloading the mobile version of BB but on my PC and was trying to change it back when I found this notification. Seems too busy or maybe too much vertical space.

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    moeboy5619 Ben's cred: 34
    Posted 5:37 pm PDT 05/23/13

    #5, the price actually went up...it was free before ($0) and is now $2 hence the price increase. That isn't a bug.

    I agree with you on the price history, though.

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    bill_tang Ben's cred: 16
    Posted 5:54 pm PDT 05/23/13

    MPoWeRM3 wrote:
    jl wrote:
    Too much vertical space taken.
    Agree. Like the last version better.


    Concur, bring back the the last version.

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    dennis007 Ben's cred: 268
    Posted 6:08 pm PDT 05/23/13

    Need to show better deals instead of better looks. Looks is not important here.

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    Rarb Ben's cred: 137
    Posted 6:08 pm PDT 05/23/13

    Thanks for the update, but I agree with the above: too much white space, requiring more scrolling. Please shrink things up.
    Thanks, Rarb.

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    Whistler Ben's cred: 264
    Posted 6:26 pm PDT 05/23/13

    I'm not crazy about the additional scrolling or the navigation bar, either. But I imagine we'll adjust. I am curious about one thing, though. Will the Amazon price on an Amazon deal posting show the reduced price only until the deal is over? I ask because Amazon is notorious for having specials that only last minutes or hours, and it'd be nice to know if they're still going without having to click on the link.

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    Bens Bargains
    Posted 6:35 pm PDT 05/23/13

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone, and we are definitely going to address the concerns that you have all touched upon. Particularly the issue involving the vertical space and additional scrolling and the price change display. We're going to work on fixing that immediately.

    Please keep the comments coming and we appreciate you taking the time to give us your thoughts.

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    maximillian Ben's cred: 185
    Posted 6:45 pm PDT 05/23/13

    Love your site, but it has been getting progressively slower to navigate. It's actually annoying. Annoying eventually equals loss of traffic. Use the KISS rule and post great deals. That is what will make your site great.

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    WartHog Ben's cred: 67
    Posted 6:47 pm PDT 05/23/13

    "Thanks for the feedback, everyone, and we are definitely going to address the concerns that you have all touched upon. "

    And therein lies the difference in how this site is run, versus most of all the others of this type.
    Kudos.

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    Bens Bargains
    Posted 7:05 pm PDT 05/23/13

    Hey, guys, if we don't get this fixed, we'll have to adopt Longcat as our mascot:

    http://blog.seanbonner.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/1246818583060.jpg

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3716
    Posted 7:06 pm PDT 05/23/13

    Yeah there's a lot of scrolling now. Some random thoughts...

    Being ghetto dogs we don't pay retail so that line with a crossed out price can be removed, making many of the listings two lines smaller vertically.

    There's a space issue on Firefox 21 where the Hotness Meter won't fit on one line and also makes listings an additional vertical line larger.

    There's another vertical line lost when the posting date and time line wraps around, it could be abbreviated and/or field limited so it never wraps.

    What if a lot of areas where there aren't deal content on a page become a darker color instead of white, as it all adds up to a very bright strain on the eyes. Also bring back the slightly darker, light blue deal headers and tan panel beneath each, and the less neon hued Click Here button.

    Give members the option to display or omit the deal descriptions on the homepage listings and where the descriptions were, have the product image, then the orange price and Amazon price/link to the right of the image to remove another few vertical lines from each listing.

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    SamKlakhammer Ben's cred: 122
    Posted 7:17 pm PDT 05/23/13

    How about making the order default to "newest first" which actually makes some sense? I've never been able to figure out what the whole "hotness" thing is trying to tell me anyhow. If I thought the deal was all that hot when I looked at it the first time, I'd have already bought it by the second or third (...) time I saw it.

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    ldnod Ben's cred: 24
    Posted 7:32 pm PDT 05/23/13

    And there is still not Bacon button, or Bacon Meter....

    Look at all the space on the sides for bacon.

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    Agent Ben's cred: 150
    Posted 8:38 pm PDT 05/23/13

    SamKlakhammer wrote:
    How about making the order default to "newest first" which actually makes some sense? I've never been able to figure out what the whole "hotness" thing is trying to tell me anyhow. If I thought the deal was all that hot when I looked at it the first time, I'd have already bought it by the second or third (...) time I saw it.


    I agree with what #17 mentioned in regards to the "hotness" thing. Is there a way we can permanently set it to default to "newest first"?

    The whole "hotness" or "trending" only works on social media sites like Facebook, not for a deals website.

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    Wand Ben's cred: 177
    Posted 9:09 pm PDT 05/23/13

    I agree with other comments, I can barely see one deal on the entire screen now. The tow top bars "My Account" and search and the bar with "Home" are also taking up much space put them on the side or something or consolidate them to one bar.

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