If you’re a frequent Amazon shopper The Tracktor is an invaluable shopping aide. Visit the website or, better yet, add the extension to your browser for detailed price history and price drop notifications.
When you visit the web site you can plug in an Amazon URL to receive price history for that item and then set up an email notification if it drops to a certain price point. That’s great but you’ll likely under use it because it involves an extra trip to a third-party site when you’re shopping. Installing the extension actually changes the Amazon shopping interface, as seen in the screenshot here, and adds in a price history graph and an notification widget that lets you set a price point alert.
The price history is extremely useful for deciding if now is a good time to buy or if the current high is part of the price cycle of that product. In our example here the SousVide Supreme is currently $399 down from a historical $450 high, it’s the lowest the price has been since The Tracktor started tracking the item back in September of last year.
The Tracktor is a free service. Visit the link below to try out the web site or grab the extension and integrate it right into your browsing experience.
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- Published 02/14/11