I’ve created a Magento site for a client who wants to have a special price page, wherein she could put products having special price/discounted price..
Requirements:

app/code/local/Mage/Catalog/Block/Product/List/Special.php
Magento backend – CMS>Pages>create-a-special-price-page

Special.php
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<?php
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/**
 * Catalog product random items block
 *
 * @category   Mage
 * @package    Mage_Catalog
 * @author      Magento Core Team <[email protected]>
 */

class Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_List_Special extends Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_List
{
    protected function _getProductCollection()
    {
        if (is_null($this->_productCollection)) {
            $categoryID = $this->getCategoryId();
            if($categoryID)
            {
              $category = new Mage_Catalog_Model_Category();
              $category->load($categoryID); // this is category id
              $collection = $category->getProductCollection();
            } else
            {
              $collection = Mage::getResourceModel('catalog/product_collection');
            }
            
            $todayDate = date('m/d/y');
            $tomorrow = mktime(0, 0, 0, date('m'), date('d')+1, date('y'));
            $tomorrowDate = date('m/d/y', $tomorrow);
            
            Mage::getModel('catalog/layer')->prepareProductCollection($collection);
            //$collection->getSelect()->order('rand()');
            $collection->addAttributeToSort('created_at', 'desc');
            $collection->addStoreFilter();
            
            $collection->addAttributeToFilter('special_from_date', array('date' => true, 'to' => $todayDate))
                ->addAttributeToFilter('special_to_date', array('or'=> array(
                0 => array('date' => true, 'from' => $tomorrowDate),
                1 => array('is' => new Zend_Db_Expr('null')))
                ), 'left');
            
            
            $numProducts = $this->getNumProducts() ? $this->getNumProducts() : 0;
            $collection->setPage(1, $numProducts)->load();
 
            $this->_productCollection = $collection;
        }
        return $this->_productCollection;
    }
}

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In the CMS Page that you created, click Content tab then put this code..

{{block type="catalog/product_list_Special" template="catalog/product/list.phtml" column_count="3" num_products="0"}}

There you have it… Don’t forget to put a special price, special-from-date and special-to-date in your products…

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