The really annoying part of an online sale is that you’re not quite sure if it’s really a sale or not. There’s one every week, and the price is never the same, ever so fluctuating. How are you supposed to make sense of it all.
And more importantly, how do you make sure you’re not getting ripped off in the name of a sale. You could easily do this on your own, visiting the product page every hour to check, but let’s face it, ain’t nobody got time for that.
Enter price tracking tools. They exist in the form of websites, iPhone apps, Android apps, Chrome extensions, you name it. Just ask the service to track the product and they’ll email/notify you when the price drops. Simple eh?
If you’re looking for a polished price tracking app for iPhone or Android, Yellowbag is where it’s at. The app has slick design and does the job of price tracking well.
Here’s how it works, when you’re out in the browser or any app, shopping, all you need to do is copy the URL, open the app and the app will prompt you to add it right to the app.
Then, tap the product image to get more info and to start tracking its price. In Yellowbag, you can track prices for up to 20 products.
Salemarked is mostly geared towards clothes and accessories. It supports a couple dozen online stores. Here’s how it works. First you create an account, then drag the Salemarked bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar.
When you find a product you want to track for a price drop, just click that bookmarklet, type in the desired price and let Salemarked do its thing. The website will email you when the product gets to your desired price.
If the bookmarklet is a bit too much, you can also just go to Salemarked website and paste in the URL for the product page to track it.
Yellowbag is nice and all but it doesn’t have a Chrome extension. And I can already hear the cries of all you pro-shoppers out there. You needa Chrome extension.
Let’s face it, most of us get our shopping done at Amazon. Keepa adds tons of useful tools right in the Amazon product page. Once you’ve installed the extension and you land on the product page, you’ll see a whole new Price History section right below the product image.
This will show the price history of the product, so you know if this price is actually the lowest or not. From here you can track the product and find related deals.
PriceZombie is like Keepa, but, zombified. They have extensions for Chrome, Firefox and also Safari. On the surface, it’s an Amazon price tracker but it also integrates comparisons with places like Target, Newegg, HomeDepot and 100 other online stores.
Truly, it’s the comparison tool that shines the brightest. And of course, you can get price drop alerts.
If you’re a deal-o-holic, SlickDeals is where the action’s at. They have a huge community and forum of people finding the best deals every single minute. And what that means for you is the freedom to laze around.
When Do You Usually Shop?
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