Save money at Amazon with camelcamelcamel

If you like to shop at Amazon, you really should be using camelcamelcamel. This service tracks prices at Amazon and allows you to set alerts to tell you when prices drop on items you want to buy.

Here is a real world example: My wife and I wanted to buy some dishes that, at $76.48 per place setting, are quite a bit more than we are used to paying for dishes. We set a price alert and sat back to wait for the price to fall. Fast forward a month or so, and I got an email letting me know that the price dropped to $58.62, a savings of over $18 (counting taxes) per place setting. It took almost no effort on my part, just a few moments to copy and paste a URL to camelcamelcamel.

They even have a handy Chrome extension called the Camelizer. It adds a button to all Amazon pages that, when clicked, shows you price history and lets you set a price alert.

This works for pretty much anything that you know you want to buy, but don’t really need immediately. I’ve successfully used it to save money on new smoke detectors (the old ones still worked, they were just close to the expiration date), several books, a mattress for my daughter, a NAS, and more.

They also have a version for Best Buy. I don’t shop there so can’t really vouch for it, but looks like it works the same as the Amazon version.

Featured image is a creative commons licensed flickr photo shared by Ted.

2 comments

  1. warningwarningwarning

    through URL injection the camel molests the address inflicting a reseller ID. This ought be OPT in after providing EXPLANATION to allow INFORMED CONSENT

    • I’m going to have to disagree with you on this. Most sites that link to Amazon add their affiliate ID. This isn’t some nefarious “URL injection” scheme. This is how the Amazon affiliate program works.

      What do you care if they get a commission for linking you to Amazon? It doesn’t change the price you pay, and they earned it by providing information that led you to purchase on Amazon.

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