15% off Yearly Subscription to The Sizzle $42.50 (Normally $50) @ The Sizzle


It's EOFY so now is an excellent time to subscribe to my popular daily email newsletter for nerds - The Sizzle. Every weekday I give over 1,000 paying subscribers a rundown of the last 24 hours in tech news and gadget deals, along with a few laughs.

Over 3,000 OzBargainers took up a 90-day free trial a few months ago through a deal I posted and they loved The Sizzle so much that 109 signed up already, at full price! Now you have the chance to join them and score a deal.

You can view a collection of old issues on The Sizzle's archive.

If you subscribe before June 30th and work in or near I.T, the ATO reckons you can claim it as a tax deduction.

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  • beat me by 32 seconds. :)

    • +2

      Damn you're quick. I only sent the offer out a few minutes ago!

      • +1

        Received email 10:43am :) So a whole 18 minutes ago at time of writing. You've captured me. I'll be signing up. Thanks for what you do.

  • Got a link to sample we can look at?

    • +6

      Sure do! Here's every issue of The Sizzle prior to May 2022: http://archive.thesizzle.com.au/?C=N&O=A

      • Hmmm you had me at the first article

        Big NDIS client database just got hacked, data leaked on dark web

        I missed that one. Have my money.
        So is it a rolling subscription? Or do we renew every year? (If the former is the price fixed?)

        • +10

          It auto-renews yearly. This price is just for the first year then it goes to $50 at the next renewal. I've made it really easy to cancel if you change your mind and o longer want it - don't have to email me to ask or go hunting for the link to do so. It's at the bottom of every issue. You also get an instant refund for whatever unused credit you have left (i.e: it's $42.50 for 365 days - 11.64c/day, so if you quit after 87 days or whatever you get back $31.47 to your card).

          A few people have issues with recurring subscriptions and I get that, but the vast, vast majority of people want to keep subscribing to The Sizzle indefinitely. If they had to manually remember to pay again every year (or month) I'd lose a shitload of subscribers because they get busy and forget. I'd have to spend so much effort chasing them up, which is hard as I don't collect people's addresses or phone numbers.

          • +4

            @decryption: I just cancelled my monthly subscription so that I could sign up for this annual subscription.

            I was pleasantly surprised when your system was like "oh okay, have a $3.50 refund for the rest of this month."

            Amazing stuff, and I'm super happy to be on an annual subscription!

          • @decryption: That's all good, so long as I get a heads up email it's renewing a week before, that'd be good (I hate auto-renew without warning oh and we've upped the price kind of subscriptions).

            • +2

              @M00Cow: Yep there's certainly email reminders before your card is billed.

  • +11

    Sizzle is awesome value… short sharp sweary daily tech news for Oz

    • +2

      Thank you :)

  • +5

    I thought this was for Sizzler…..so disappointed :D

    • +6

      This happens every time I post a deal.

  • +3

    Get on board… great content, great community.

    • +1

      Oh yeah, paid subscribers get access to an exclusive Sizzle forum. It's not very busy and I don't think it's the reason to sign up, but can be a little icing on the cake if you miss the days of discussing tech stuff on a forum instead of social media.

      • +1

        The forum is actually great, lots of quality content

  • +1

    Best tech newsletter out there!

    • +1

      Cheers! I reckon it's pretty good too.

  • +3

    This is my favourite source of tech news. I don't have time to read everything these days, this summarises the main points of the day to keep me abreast of this horrible industry I've found myself in.

    • +3

      Exactly why I write The Sizzle. I think a lot of people that work in IT used to love computers and gadgets and whatnot, but the joy has been sucked out of it by the normies and the suits. The Sizzle isn't always upbeat and positive, but I sympathise with these types of nerds as I am one of them. We can be jaded together.

  • +1

    I am an existing month to month subscriber. Is this deal available to me if I pay for a whole year?

    • +3

      Yep, just pop the coupon code in and if it works, it works :)

      • I have been informed by a couple of people that existing subscribers cannot enter a coupon code when upgrading from monthly to yearly. I figured out how to do it, but I can't because the coupon code is active - so for this offer, I'm sorry, existing subscribers are not eligible.

  • +1

    Really enjoyed the free trial and this finally pushed me to sign up, thank you!

    • +12

      I'm a marketing genius.

  • +2

    Does this allow advance prepaying ;)
    ie. Automatically extend the current subscription by another 12 months on expiry?

    • +1

      Nah, it's for new subscribers only.

      • No worries! It's still great value and I'll definitely be renewing once my current sub ends :)

    • +12

      That's true, but I am quite proud of my conversion rate considering the limited resources I have.

    • +17

      Having Decryption's slant on the articles is the whole point, otherwise he could just re-publish press releases and be done with it.

  • +5

    I pay full price for the Sizzle and find it worth every cent. Anthony trawls all the news that I would wanna read anyway and I like his take on most things. If I don't agree with it, there's always the forums! He always bangs in good deals as well, like a mini-Ozbargain in the newsletter.

    • +3

      Even if people want to have a little rant to me personally, they can just reply to the email and let me know what they think. This happens kinda regularly, usually on a topic someone is an expert on and has better insight to that issue than I have from just reading an article or two. It's hard to post a correction (not like I can go back and edit the email), but I appreciate the education - most of the time.

  • +3

    It's not only the Newsletter that matters here, but also a pretty cool collection of tech folk on Slack and the Sizzle forums.

  • Love the daily email and the ongoing slack conversations

    • Thanks!

  • I've got an active sub that's about to expire i think, might grab this. It's definitely paid for itself over the years, and means i dont obsessively refresh news sites during the day :D

    • Excellent, The Sizzle is doing its job then.

  • I know I shouldn't use my ISP email address but I am, did you know the Optus Spam filter has recently started catching these emails?

    • +1

      TPG ISPs (iiNet/Internode/Westnet, etc) have done the same thing. They told me there's a spam filter called Talos they use that's decided all emails from ActiveCampaign are suspicious and they don't even send it to a user's spam folder, it just gets deleted on their server!

      Unfortunately there's not much I can do. I let ActiveCampaign know about the problem and they've not even bothered to reply. I could change email provider but ActiveCampaign is the one that meets my needs best and they all have deliverability issues in one way or another.

      I suggest anyone having deliverability issues change their email address via the Customer Portal: https://thesizzle.com.au/manage - Gmail and Outlook seem to be the most reliable. iCloud is iffy.

      • Looked at having your own Sendy install, and Amazon SES/Sendgrid/whatever?

        • I have checked out Sendy in the past, but found its automations (i.e: moving subscribers between lists/tags, sending emails based on certain events/dates, etc) were weak and it didn't have support for Integromat, so not suitable for my needs. That was 2-3 years ago though, so maybe things have changed. Sure would be nice to save some money as ActiveCampaign costs me US$948/yr for up to 5,000 active email addresses.

  • Subbed, thanks for the free trial - I found myself learning a lot that I otherwise wouldn't have.

    • You're welcome!

  • I remember The Sizzle! Awesome to hear it's still going. Anthony's writing style is quite unique.

    • +2

      Started in October 2015, almost 7 years ago. Still here, plugging away :)

  • Love the Sizzle. Highly recommended

    • Thanks champ.

  • +1

    I was 1/109 from the last ozbargain offer :) Highly recommended!

    • windix you legend!

  • +2

    Don't need to renew my subscription, as I am just letting it plow on as I have for the last few years.Great way for me to not have to trawl news sites.

    This part of the initial post interested me though:

    If you subscribe before June 30th and work in or near I.T, the ATO reckons you can claim it as a tax deduction (ato.gov.au).

    Thanks for all your work Decription

    • Didn’t think to do this! I have been a subscriber since day 1. Thanks.

      • +2

        I've mentioned it every financial year, lol. Let me know if you can't find your receipt and I can forward it to you to keep as proof should the ATO ever ask (unlikely, but you never know).

    • +1

      No probs Griff, thanks for your long term subscription!

  • Keep up the good work Mr Sizzle. Long term subscriber and just paid for another year last week.

    • +1

      Thanks mate :)

  • Did the Ozzy B trial, let it run out and then signed up. Cheers mate great work, makes it easy to keep up to date.

    • You love to see it, thanks!

  • +1

    Great newsletter, great forum, great Slack! And it’s a tax write-off!

    • +1

      A coupon and a tax write-off, what more could a cheapskate Ozbargainer want??? (maybe cashback, haha)

        • +3

          Sizzle subscribers really love The Sizzle. They're super loyal (less than 2% of subscribers cancel their accounts a year) and they're aware I'm just a solo dude with no marketing budget, who has explained to them in the past that my primary method of growing subscribers is word of mouth. If they didn't like the product they would 1. stop paying and 2. wouldn't be bothered to take the time to post here.

          I'm also surprised how many OzBargainers pay for The Sizzle, but OzBargainers aren't just cheapskates, they recognise value and The Sizzle's low price ($42.50 ffs!) saves them more in time and money than the subscription fee. If it passes the OzBargain sniff test, you know it's half decent.

    • +3

      Nah, no bots or fake accounts here. If you feel there's something dodgy going on report it to Ozbargain so they can investigate, as I do not want to be associated with that bullshit.

  • +1

    Signed up for a reasons..love tech but find it hard to stay abreast of updates (concise daily update seems the ideal format), enjoy supporting local aussie businesses, reasonable price, impressed by your great refund policy and transparency, and the way you sign off with the Acknowledgement of Country. Good content, but more importantly you seem like a great guy, excited to get going!

    • +1

      People into tech finding it hard to keep up with the scene due to work/family/life is exactly the reason The Sizzle exists. Glad I can help.

    • +3

      None! The effort vs reward of making dozens of accounts, using VPNs and VMs to ensure they look unique, changing the writing style - I don't have time for that shit.

  • +1

    Long time Sizzle Subscriber here, Love The Sizzle and always get a laugh, as well as @Decryption will often find an Ozbargain that I may have missed. I have also changed to a yearly sub to take advantage of this deal, and just in time to claim the entire thing on Tax!

    • Thanks mitty!

  • You gotta be an idiot to subscribe to this When there is reddit that already aggregate Tech news for you for free…

    • +3

      I must have 1,083 idiots paying me then. If you wanna trawl thousands of Reddit posts, figure out which posts and comments are made by sock puppets, get bombarded with US-centric news irrelevant to Australians, deal with the idiot commenters - cool, at least you don't pay anything. But a handful of people are willing to spend a bit of money to have someone (me) do that work for them and save them time. It's not for everyone but I have my niche and it's perhaps not for you, but as you can see from the comments, people enjoy it!

  • I got a 3 month free subscription, and then paid for a subscription when it expired. I keep abreast of IT news, but found that Anthony discusses issues that I haven't yet heard about, plus adds his own spin to each topic. Hi email is well worth the cost of subscription.

    • Appreciate the kind words :)

  • What time each day does the newsletter come out? I subbed yesterday but haven't received anything yet.

    • Usually between 1pm and 5pm. Yesterday's went out at around 4pm, today's hasn't been sent yet (still writing it, should be ready by 3-3:30PM I reckon).

      • OK.. No problem.. Thanks for the fast reply.. Looking forward to it.

  • subscribed, thanks.

    • Cheers mate

  • Great read, great journalism, great humor.
    3mnth trial was awesone and left me no choice. Just take my money!
    Sorry maccas.

    • +1

      Glad you like it! I'll eat a Big Mac to celebrate.

  • Okay. Winging it based on OzBargain comments alone. This can be a tough crowd to please.

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