Although Amazon has become the go to site for most avid shoppers. There are tools available online to make your shopping more efficient as well as cost-effective. These tools not only help know about a deal before it expires but also helps set price alerts so that something that you want to buy but do not need urgently, can be purchased cheaper later.
Prices on Amazon keep fluctuating regularly. Best way to know whether current price is high or low compared to its history is to go to CamelCamelCamel and enter the Amazon URL in the search bar. CamelCamelCamel not only displays historical price chart for that product on Amazon but also allows one to set price alerts. There is minimal time lag between when price changes on Amazon (such that it falls below the price trigger) and when you get an email from CamelCamelCamel. It shows historical price chart for Amazon, 3rd party sellers as well as for used products such as those sold by Amazon Warehouse Deals.
When there are several options say for a electric sharpener available on Amazon, my first instinct is to go for the one which has the most reviews as well as the most favorable reviews. However, sellers also know it and some may try to game the system by submitting fake reviews to boast sales of their products. This is where FakeSpot comes in. Similar to CamelCamelCamel, you enter the Amazon URL on FakeSpot and it tells you how reliable are the reviews for that specific product. FakeSpot analyzes review history of all the reviewers as well as uses AI and Natural Language Processing techniques to analyze the words used by the reviewers in their reviews. Based on this, FakeSpot rates overall quality of the reviews from A (highly reliable) to F (mostly fake).
Slickdeals is the go to site for avid deal hunters to share online shopping deals. Slickdeals effect can crash an eCommerce website (for instance if an insanely popular deal on slickdeals result in several people trying at once to buy that product). Deal rating (i.e. number of thumbs up or down) also help gaze how good a deal is. Slickdeals is a good source for both keeping tab on when a certain item is available at a discount (by setting deal alert on Slickdeals) as well as discovering new items which you never thought you need but are driven to buy simply because they are too cheap to resist.
Wire Cutter is a New York Times owned website which has a simple premise. For each consumer product category like personal blenders, hire experts to test all the alternatives available on the market and find out which one is best. Online shoppers can use this expert advice in conjunction with Amazon rating and reviews to narrow down best option for them when they are in the market for that specific category.
Many times, especially in the Holiday Season (late Nov – Dec), brick and mortar stores such as Walmart, Target, BestBuy etc offer superior deals to what’s available at online stores like Amazon, NewEgg etc. The catch is you have to find the specific store which has the item in stock and then quickly drive to it to get it. Brick Seek helps in checking inventory for any item in your local stores. It supports Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, OfficeDepot, CVS, Home Depot and Staples. It’s an invaluable resource for Brick and Mortar store deal shopping.