After getting used to see "I need laptop!" and similar posts in Requests forum (why people hate "Search" button? it really works!) I thought that the following idea might be useful.
In short, all we need is additional page called, say "technology deals" where all relevant deals should be copied.
In short, it should have entries for most asked for gadgets like laptops, monitors, PCs (not those in uniform, obviously) GPS and the like. All posts on this page should have expiration date (if known) or one month limit if exact date is unknown.
Someone should be elected as mod for such page so no ordinary user could post in there.
This page should have the following:
1. Model number/name
2. Most vital characteristics (for laptops: CPU, RAM, HDD, screen size and optical drive). For MP3s it could be memory/HDD size, screen type, battery life and playable formats.
3. Price after rebates/points/Quidco/whatever
4. Link to discussion post.
In this case, every posting of "New laptop please?" type, should be responded by 'RTFM!' and link to this page should be provided. Or something like that.
How does that sound? I understand that this will require someone to look after this page but I am pretty sure that lots of people would like to help to HUKD and increase their er... Karma :)