[AMA] I'm One of The Top 5 Posters on OzBargain

Gday Ozbargain
Been a while since my last AMA so I thought I'd do one today for some entertainment.

I rarely do say much on this site. I just come in, post my deal and then pretty much stay off it till my next deal.

Anyway, happy to chat about anything. The only thing I won't discuss is how I find early gaming deals. That is secret squirrel stuff.

DB

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  • +9

    You cover a wide range of deals and are quick to post.

    What hw and sw are you using to get alerts? What sort of network connection, hosting etc?

    • +247

      I have set everything up myself. I've currently got 199 scripts set up though I did have up to 262. Scripts are set to run at defined times/intervals and the results are sent to me via email.

      Before people complain about me using scripts etc and an unfair advantage, they should know that I have spent hours preparing them. Just because one does not have the skills doesn't mean that others who have learnt the skill can't apply their knowledge.

      • +19

        This is the way ☝🏿💪🏿

      • +9

        I have set everything up myself. I've currently got 199 scripts set up though I did have up to 262. Scripts are set to run at defined times/intervals and the results are sent to me via email.

        Username checks out!

      • +61

        Before people complain about me using scripts etc and an unfair advantage

        It'd be a bit silly for people to complain about meaningless internet points. You're doing everyone a service by helping them save a few dollars regardless and we're all the better for it. Thanks!

        • +36

          You're doing everyone a service by helping them save a few dollars

          I beg to differ. Dealbot had done everyone a service but I fully disagree on the saving part. I have bought so many things in which I wouldn’t have.

      • +7

        Thanks for your hard work which benefit a lot people including me. Your action speak louder than words.

      • +1

        You're a legend dealbot thanks for all the deals.

      • +1

        Noone should complain about what you do mate. It's appreciated!

      • Can you give more details on your set up with these scripts?

        I presume you're scraping a given list of sites and comparing item prices against standard price… But that seems like a recipe for getting IP banned, plus it being a serious amount of data to store and compare?

        • +4

          I've mentioned about the scripts in some of the comments below.

          I did get banned for a while from a couple of sites for frequent pinging so I had to find a workaround for that. What I have now seems to be a happy medium and doesn't attract too much attention.

      • +3

        people complain about me using scripts etc and an unfair advantage

        I don't understand this. What tangible things would people gain personally from posting more deals on OzBargain?

        I mean, it's not like posting monetized videos on youtube and making a living off of it.

        What am I missing here?

      • Thank you for your hard work! I have saved more than $100 on stuff I would buy anyway, thanks!

      • Before people complain about me using scripts etc and an unfair advantage, they should know that I have spent hours preparing them. Just because one does not have the skills doesn't mean that others who have learnt the skill can't apply their knowledge.

        Are you a PS5 scalper sumpethyser? Do you think what they did to flip a profit is wrong? Or just using their skills to beat others that can't make bots?

        • I don't scalp and I wouldn't flip it for a profit. As for whether it's right or wrong is hard to say. As long as there is a market for it then there will always be someone doing it. The only way to stop it is for people to stop buying from scalpers.

      • It's not an unfair advantage, you don't get very much for posting a deal. If you post a deal you should obviously get dibs. Thank you for your work.

  • +18

    How chuffed were you when you came up with the 'dealbot' 'dilbert' thing?

    • +33

      Everyone loves Dilbert!

    • +17

      holy sh** just noticed this!! hahaha genius

      • +3

        It only just clicked for me the other day that @MSpaint is ‘Microsoft Paint’ and not ‘Miss Paint’.

        • +8

          My name must really fk with you then!

          • +1

            @spackbace: I always thought you were 'Spacebar'

          • @spackbace: I always though u were backpack… which name were you doing for?

        • +1

          not a MSpelling …

      • +3

        Blew my mind when I realised JV is for Jules Verne and that's their user picture.

        • I thought JVs pic is albert Einstein.

    • +1

      He uses script, so Dilbert naturally describe it well and he uses on deal, so a very good brand name.

      • Not sure you get it, the words ‘dealbot’ and ‘dilbert’ are phonetically similar.

    • I never realised Dilbert actually had a name I just thought of him as "comic guy". Haha what an epic combo!

      • +1

        You should check it out, it's an excellent comic.

        • +1

          Oh I already know the comics and yes it is excellent, I just didn't know he had a name

    • I actually thought you might be an actual bot

  • +28

    Do you and jv ever meet up and discuss the merits of having the price and store in the title, the normal prices of things, and the meaning of the word bargain?

    • +17

      No, but JV seems nice to me. He rarely comments on my deals from what I can see. He's probably bored with me as I don't engage in anything.

      As for whether my posts are bargains, I have a fan club that are always ready to step in for that.

      • +2

        FYI Apparently JV is female.

        • Source?

        • +20

          Oops. Replace with "they" to be sure.

        • +1

          It could be the alter egos.

        • I think so is dealbot

  • +6

    What you do for living ?

    • +19

      I work in IT.

      • +11

        Do you have a pointy haired boss?

      • +2

        with your skillset, Do you get $200k salary?

        • +1

          Nope.

          • @dealbot: What is your salary?

            • +1

              @Chchnu: Not even half.

              • @dealbot: May I ask the specific IT field? I would assume you're a developer or a data analyst given the web scraping scripts you've created, and I work in IT as well and am also interested in how much each area pays etc.

                • +1

                  @Schemza: I learnt the web scraping from Udemy!

  • +3

    I always see your posts on ozbargain is this a second job for you?

    • +52

      No. My posting here has dropped quite a bit. Up until the 1500 post mark, I was posting like crazy. I had drafts lining up and the 10 post per 24 hour quota was always maxed out.

      I enjoy sharing deals so I don't feel like it's a job.

      • +11

        didnt know there was a quota…

      • Thanks for all your hard work

  • +5

    Why do you contribute to OZB?

    How long do you think you'll keep this up?

    • +40

      My contributions are very minimal. I find a deal and then post it. I don't try and sell the deal (hence why I don't write much in my OP) nor do I see the need to discuss it.

      How long? Who knows. I enjoy posting the odd deal here and don't get involved in the politics so I'm not bothered by it.

      • +8

        I enjoy posting the odd deal here and don't get involved in the politics so I'm not bothered by it.

        Your PMs and discord messages to various people would say otherwise 😉

        • +1

          Discord link? :P

        • +1

          care to elaborate? love a bit of ozbargain drama

          • @follow: I think it's VIPs only XD.

            Or maybe @clear will be kind enough to spill the beans.

            • +3

              @hex7272: There is no need to spill any beans.

              I have already said to some of those people that we stay out of each other's posts. I have done my bit apart from the very occasional lapse.

            • -9

              @hex7272: I have no intention on spilling any beans here. Only some things said aren't factual.

        • What? There is a ozb discord?

          • @Chchnu: Nah. Rather just PM users away from OzBargain to bitch about other people with wild conspiracy theories.

        • sour grapes ??
          If you have something to say just say..
          ..rather than leaving things to my imagination, which is bad lol

  • +2

    What your hobbies/interests other than bargains?

    • +11

      Same interests that every family man would have.

      I do enjoy teaching Taekwondo to kids though. Stressful but fulfilling when you see them do well.

      • +3

        ITF or WTF?

        • +2

          WTF.

          • @dealbot: yes please

          • @dealbot: I have met an IT professional in Taekwondo before. Are you in, or lived in NSW?

      • Why is Taekwondo a good choice for kids? Was thinking of a martial art for ours but know nothing of the different arts.

        • +7

          Any martial arts is good for kids. For one, it teaches them discipline which is badly lacking. It also helps nurture a stronger mind that is more resilient. Lastly, it teaches about respect.

          • @dealbot: Thanks - From what age can they start?

            • +2

              @sian72: Mine started when they were in prep. My whole family is black belt of various dans.

          • @dealbot: Any youtube videos you recommend a non martial art parent can use to teach (basic stance(s)) to a 6 year old at home. The kid does go to a class but you can imagine how much time can be dedicated to one slow kid at a class. So I want to do anything that can help.

            • +9

              @tik tok: No I don't sorry. What i suggest you try to do is practice with him.

              When our kids started, I was like any parent sitting up the back of the hall partly watching them but also was on the phone. When he looked my way, I felt bad so then I decided to join the classes. That was the best decision I made.

              Our family was originally the only family that did Taekwondo together. Now, we have inspired other parents and families to practice together. I won't say that we are trend setters but it's a good feeling to see parents be involved with their kids and stay off the screens!

          • @dealbot: Thanks. Recently started ours 4yo.
            I started when I was 7

  • +5

    I always think your account is shared by a few people in order to create the most powerful ID?

    Old ID name was Chibot if I remember correctly.

  • +4

    Do you post genuine bargains ie: 50% off or more? Or one of these 5% guys?

    • +8

      I usually set a benchmark of 10%.

  • +5

    Thank you for all the deals you post for the community. I am grateful for them

    What's in it for you?

    • +26

      Nothing. When you do it for something then it no longer becomes enjoyable.

      • +4

        Hmmm somehow I don’t think i’d enjoy my job more if i was not paid for it.

  • Best deal you ever found?

    • +8

      GTA V.

      • Spewing I missed the free one sigh
        (Only to say I got the deal though)
        I bought them on release on ps4 and steam, like a chump)

      • I assumed it was posted on ozbargain, care to share the link?

      • You're the reason why I play GTA RP (FiveM / EggRP) pretty much every night.
        Thank you, my first time playing GTA since PS2 and I'm loving it! My fiance not so much :D

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