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The Trackor Monitors Amazon Prices; Integrates with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari

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.

The Tracktor

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/14/11

Comments (3)

  1. seasider

    Currently only for Amazon’s US site.

  2. jean Helft

    My feeling is that too much is too much: the net has become so huge and everybody wants to provide ALL the info about a product or service, preferably without intervention of a human being or if absolutely necessary, somebody based in a “cheap” country. No more telephone more adresses… never a name.. and most of the site creators forget that its complicated to be simple (and vice versa).I am affraid we have come so far, that sometimes I phone a local store, and yes, maybe this will not be THE BEST deal in the world, but it will also save me an hour search and hop from link to link.
    My PC already speaks, reads (scan) prints…the day it will serve coffee or make dinner, then well be able to say “this is a new civilisation”. I hope I don’t live that….(have a look at how many “nespresso” types there are…16!!!)

  3. elsuper

    Great article! Thetracktor really provides a great service. Wanted to add that the extension works as long as you are running Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.

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