Twitter saved me $150

by David Spark on October 23, 2008

I just had one of those great dynamic “in the moment” experiences that proves the true value of Twitter.

I’m in the market for a new desktop computer. I had decided on a specific HP computer I wanted to buy. I went online, configured the PC I wanted, and as I was going through checkout the site asked if I had a coupon code. I didn’t, but I did a quick search online and found a 15% off coupon code. I quickly typed it in, and I ended up saving $200.

Note: very odd thing about the HP online store. It doesn’t recognize your coupon code until you enter it in, click to checkout, then hit the “Back” button, and hit checkout again. I thought it was a fluke, but I did it twice and it made the same mistake both times. So if you’re using a coupon code, make sure it accepts it when you go to checkout.

I was so happy about my $200 instant savings that I posted a note on Twitter, “Just bought an HP computer and at checkout asked for a coupon code. Didn’t have one. Searched. Found 15% off code and saved $200. Love that.” One of my followers, @drapps, saw that and responded with a coupon code that would have saved me even more. So I canceled my previous order and used his coupon code when I reordered. I ended up saving another $150 for a total of $350 off my initial purchase.

What this incident proves, and other “in the moment” Twitter incidents prove, is that you never know who has the information you might want at a given moment in time. Twitter gives rise to this connectivity and allows you to find those people in a way that simply couldn’t happen before.

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