Well, that was a much-needed rest and refreshment–but all good things must come to an end. We’re still in transit back to our home, but I wanted to make sure you didn’t go any longer without at least this cream of the crop deals. We’ll be back full-speed on Monday and I’ve got some exciting giveaways lined up, so stay tuned!
Hey all–since MDM Deals launched threeish years ago, I don’t think I’ve missed more than one consecutive days of deals. Until now 🙂. I’m currently on my first vacation in over 2 years with my family and that means for MDM Deals too. I MAY post if there’s a monster-killer-amazing deal but I intend to try to fight that impulse this next week 🙂.
Thanks for being fans and for all the support and interest! I’ll be back before you know it.
I am so excited to announce that MDM Deals now has solidly over 1600 fans subscribed across my various publishing channels. It has been fun to serve you all and think of new ways to help you discover great deals on fantastic apps and movies. I am thrilled to announce today MDM Deals 2.1, with a bunch of changes and improvements across everything. There’s something exciting here for everyone, so read on!
Better Patreon perks!
Ever since Apple ended their affiliate program, the primary way I’ve kept MDM Deals alive has been via Patreon. I’ve now made it even better to join, by giving every Patreon access to filtered deals emails:
Don’t have a Mac? Get only iPhone deals in your inbox
Only care about apps, not games? Filter those out
Want emails just twice a week instead of daily? Customize that.
Create your personal custom email by answering 3 questions and get only the deals you want for the devices you own, delivered to you when you want. Save time and never miss another deal–and the emails have had some major improvements too (keep reading!), so become a Patron today!
New Biweekly deals digest
I’ve long believed the best way to get MDM Deals is via email and today, after an incredible amount of work, I’m making them even better with a feature you can’t get anywhere else: a biweekly deal digest.
Checking deals every day can be a drag. Save yourself some time even as you’re saving yourself money and get my all-new biweekly deal digest every Tuesday and Friday. While there are some day-only sales you may miss, you can now choose whether that’s worth the extra mental overhead of daily deals 😀.
If you’re already getting emails, don’t worry–I’ve defaulted everyone (free & Patrons) to the daily emails, but if you’d like to change to the weekly, just update your preferences via the email you will shortly receive. If you aren’t on the email list, subscribe for free today or get the better filtered emails by supporting MDM Deals on Patreon!
Other email improvements
In addition to a new biweekly email digest, the email newsletter has become even better with these new changes:
Fewer ads! Yes, a sponsored post after every deal was super annoying, sorry. Now there will just be a sponsor blurb at the start, middle, and end of the email newsletter–and even fewer if you get custom Patron emails!
A new delivery time. Rather than coming towards the end of the day–when some deals are already expired–it will now come out at 11am EST, so you have more time to snag that deal.
A new email address! Emails now come from email@example.com, so it should hit your spam less often. Add it to your contacts list to guarantee it doesn’t!
Optimizations for reading emails on small screens. Your strained eyes will thank me.
More visible links to change your email frequency, deal type, or unsubscribe. I’m sad to see you go but will make it easy for you 😀.
New MDM Deals Blog!
There’s so far not been a great place for me to post updates/announcements for MDM Deals, but now there is. Introducing the MDM Deals blog, your go-to place to see what’s new with MDM Deals. (Also available as an RSS feed)
Better movie deals: IMDB actors, Rotten Tomato ratings, & more
For a long time, movie deals were manually and thus poorly written. No more! In 2.1, updated movie descriptions now include:
The official IMDB plot description so you can know exactly what’s up
The official IMDB list of actors so you can know exactly who is in a film
Official IMDB and Rotten Tomato ratings so you don’t have to take my word for a film’s quality. IMDB ratings are on a 0-10 scale and follow the star emoji (⭐️) while Rotten Tomatoes are 0-100% scale and follow the tomato emoji (🍅).
Movie bundles now come with per-film price, so you can easily see how great a deal the movie bundles are.
New channel to follow: Mastodon
MDM Deals is now on Mastodon! It’s on the mastodon.top instance, but you can join it from anywhere in the fediverse. Toot on! (Special thanks to my friend Matt Birchler for the API work to start this!)
Better curation (& no more Saturday deals)
The entire purpose of MDM Deals is curating deals. Other sites will regurgitate every price drop that happens, but that leaves you to wade through hundreds of junk deals to find things quasi-good. In 2.1, I’m taking this curation a bit further:
I’m tweaking my mental algorithm to privilege quality over quantity, further refining what deals make the cut. Rather than just weeding out junk and showing you the rest, I intend now to show you just deals worth your time and money.
I will no longer post deals on Saturdays because nearly all of the deals on Saturdays are junk. I’ve only posted regularly on Saturdays because I didn’t post some deals on Fridays and save them for Saturday. What this means for you is that you’ll get a better mix of deals on Friday & Mondays.
Groundwork laid for MDM Deals 3.0…
There’s some big plans in the works for the next stage of MDM Deals, and I’ve spent a lot of time laying the groundwork for that big update to come. It won’t be for a while, but I’ll write about it on the blog when the time comes, so stay tuned!
As always, if you have feedback, suggestions, or if there’s any other way I can serve you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Best Buy is running a promotion right now that if you buy an App Store & iTunes gift card at full price, you can get a second (equal or lesser value) card for 25% off! If you get two gift cards of the same value, that makes for a functional 12.5% discount which is a pretty great discount!
Note: If you get or use the Best Buy credit card like I do, you also get an additional 5% back in credit card points, making this effectively a 17.5% discount! Sign up today, it only takes minutes!
You can choose either physical cards or digital (emailed) cards. Limit 1 redemption per customer, for a limited time (not sure how long that is, so move fast!)
A fantastic way to save money on Apple Music, iCloud storage, expensive apps, subscriptions, and other things that don’t go on sale is to load up on App Store & iTunes gift cards when they go on sale. I’m excited to say that there is now a fantastic way you can save up to 33% off gift cards–that is the largest discount I have ever seen on gift cards, so definitely a great time to load up! That means you’ll functionally get everything else you iTunes at 33% off–what a steal! Here’s how to get your discount:
Second, select an iTunes gift card in any denomination, $25-$100. They’re already discounted 5.6%.
Third, use code BOLT at checkout for an extra 7% off. If your order is more than $100 and this is your first order, use code 10EXTRA for an extra $10 off. (FYI, if you spend $100-$150, you’ll save most with code 10EXTRA, but if you spend more than $150, you’ll save more using code BOLT.*)
That’s it! You’ll receive an email within 24 hours with the gift card redemption code(s) you purchased! Enjoy your discount!
Update: the code BOLT is good for today only. Move fast so you don’t miss out!!!
Update 2: I received a report that the 10EXTRA code does not work with the $5 referral cash. You can still use the code BOLT, though, for up to 32% off!
Update 3: If you have trouble checking out, make sure you’re not running Ghostery or other blockers and it should work fine.
Update 4: Don’t try to make the purchase on a VPN or it will automatically flag & cancel your transaction.
*For you math nerds:
$25 card – 5.6% (standard discount) = $23.50 – 7% (code: BOLT) = $21.85 – $5 (referral code: MMILLER6310) = $16.85 out of pocket for $25 = 32.8% off
$125 card = 5.6% (standard discount) = $118 – $10 (code: 10EXTRA) = $108 – $5 (referral code: MMILLER6310) = $103 out of pocket for $125 = 17.6% off
$150 card = 5.6% (standard discount) = $141.60 – $10 (code: 10EXTRA) = $131.60 – $5 (referral code: MMILLER6310) = $126.60 out of pocket for $150 = 15.6% off
$175 card = 5.6% (standard discount) = $162.20 – 7% (code: BOLT) = $152.95 – $5 (referral code: MMILLER6310) = $147.95 out of pocket for $175 = 15.4% off
Note: In case it wasn’t obvious, links on this page include referral codes which give you and me $5 when you signup. That referral bonus helps me keep this site up and running! Thanks!
Thanks for being fans of MDM Deals! I wanted to let you know that my family and I are in the middle of moving internationally which, as I’m sure you can imagine, is a massive amount of work. I’ve kept up with deals despite it, but we are about to embark on more than 24 hours of plane rides and then getting set up in our new home, new country, and new internet! I’m hopeful that I’ve set everything up so that I’ll only miss a couple days of deals, but there is a lot that can go wrong, so deals may be delayed longer than that. Don’t worry, though, they will come back as soon as possible!
Thanks again for following MDM Deals and see you soon!
Hey all — so since I am still unable to access Apple’s system in a programmatic & automated way, I’ve manually assembled deals for yesterday and today. I’m hoping Apple will fix this soon so that deals can come out faster. As always, if you don’t get deals in your normal channel, check back at the main site for a status update.
So let’s get to the deals!
Update 10/27 – today’s deals are really light, so I’ve just added them to this page. Enjoy!
Update 10/26: Still down; I’m working on an alternate means but don’t think I’ll be able to get to it in time for today’s email. My apologies!
Unfortunately, I’m unable today to access Apple’s iTunes & App Stores to generate links & info about the sales. I will attempt to publish deals later today, but can’t make promises as it will depend on when Apple’s system works again. My apologies and stay posted!
Just wanted to give you a quick update on some changes to this site, some which you may have noticed and some not.
First, MDM Deals is now on Google Plus. For the three of you who still use it, knock yourself out 😀.
Second, Apple made some changes in iOS 12 that prevented me from posting deals across the web in the way I did before (I’ll spare the details, but it took TONS of time to fix and I’m still cleaning up the mess) AND Apple ended its app affiliate program. The result of both of those changes is that all links now redirect to the article on this website first and that I had to remove some of the filtering options from the social media feeds. Sorry for the inconvenience/extra step that creates, but it was necessary.
Third, the Patreon campaign is up to $24/month and is just $1 away from triggering a giveaway of some of my favorite apps! I know what I’m giving away and they’re great–definitely worth jumping in on.
And…Patreon is the primary way that I can keep the lights on at MDM Deals–so if you appreciate my curation, if I have saved you money, or if I’ve helped you find new apps, would give back some of what I’ve saved you, even just $1/month? Not only will it keep the site running, but there are some great rewards for joining in at higher tiers too. Check out the Patreon page for more details.
Check out MDM Deals 2.1!
I’m excited to launch MDM Deals 2.1, with a new biweekly deals digest, a new Mastodon channel, better movie listings, better curation, better emails, and more!