Guest Post by Troy Riedel
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I decided to compose a post that ‘kills two birds with one stone’.
Almost every time a post appears here that states something like “Amazon its selling WXYZ Shortwave Portable for the lowest price I’ve ever seen”, I typically post a comment “doesn’t everyone use Keepa”?
Okay, lets kill the two birds:
Bird #1: Amazon (3rd party seller fulfilled by Amazon) started bundling the Eton Elite Field BT Radio, a carry satchel & the Eton Elite Mini 30-days ago (how do I know, I’ll explain that below with bird #2). The bundle was introduced at a price of $179.95. Frankly, given the street prices of the Elite Field with satchel & the under $25 street price of the Elite Mini, $179.95 wasn’t a great price. But at the time I start writing this post, 3-hours ago the price dropped to $139.00. That’s a pretty good price IF you’re looking to buy all 3 in this bundle (or even if you want the Field with satchel but choose to gift the Mini as a Christmas gift).
But this opportunity brings me to:
Bird #2: Keepa.
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Keepa is a great extension (pictured above loaded on my Safari browser). I have Keepa loaded into multiple browser applications. With Keepa loaded, I have a complete history of Amazon pricing. All-time Amazon pricing! Take a close look at the graphic (click to enlarge).
Keepa tells me this item has been listed on Amazon for 30-days. It tells me the starting price was $179.95. It gives me a day-by-day graph of the Amazon price. It shows me that the price dropped to $149.00 on October 26th at 16:56 EDT. And it tells me that, 3-hours ago, the price dropped to $139.00.
Want the average Amazon price over the last 90-days? Easy. What about the average Amazon price for the past 180-days? Easy – I get that, too (note: this item has only been listed for 30-days, so the 90-day & 180-day average pricing is the same).
Some of what I am telling you – re: the exact time of the price drop – is only visible when you’re [live] on the product page and you move your cursor over the graph (that info pops into view).
And here’s the best part: you can Manage Price Watches. What does that mean? I can set a target price and Keepa notifies me if/when the product’s price meets or goes below my target price (what I want to pay for it). I cannot tell you how many times I have had items with price watches set … and a few days … or a few weeks go by and <Ding>, I get an email notification that tells me my desired item has dropped below my target price. I set price watches for radios, tools, tents – even my contact lens solution! I Manage Price Watches for anything that can wait days, or weeks or even months to buy (I let the price dictate when I buy the item). Keepa even gives you 24-hours advance notice of an Amazon Lightning Deal.
In summary, this bundle is a pretty good deal as it includes two SW portables & a carrying satchel for the Field. But this also gave me an opportunity to show everyone how I use Keepa. I use Keepa for every item I view on Amazon. And if you look closely, there is an eBay link in Keepa … with a click of my mouse/track pad, I can compare eBay pricing to Amazon. If this item had ever been listed as “Used”, I could graphically track used pricing. Keepa also tracks Warehouse Deals & even the date, time & price of past Lightning Deals. Why would anyone not use this handy little extension? It’s like tracking a stock’s price history except I’m tracking a specific product’s price on Amazon.
But then again, if everyone did use Keepa … there’d be no point in readers sending Amazon deals to Thomas!
I just used camelcamelcamel and it works really well for price alerts.
There is a good reason to send Thom price alerts. He can do a quick post with the info…. and *affiliate links* to hopefully help offset a little of his hosting and operating costs for the SWLing Post. 😉
from the Intertubes….
“How much does keepa cost per month?
A Keepa subscription costs $17.50 per month, however, Bob Schneck says it is “priceless” because of the information it gives him. There is also a free version, but it does not include all of the features. Keepa’s subscription features include: Comprehensive price history graphs.”
“Using their Chrome extension, you can have this information automatically load on the product page for every item you view on Amazon. The information loads just below the product photos area on a listing page.”
“Keepa is a free browser add-on developed by Keepa. It’s a price tracking utility that can be used as a reference or to monitor the prices of products being offered on the Amazon e-commerce site. It can also be used to provide price drops or availability alerts.
Just like with Honey or PriceBlink, Keepa helps users keep up-to-date with the latest prices of the products they’re interested in buying, as well as any deals and inventory restocks for them. It offers a premium subscription for access to even more detailed and comprehensive data charts.”
But skim https://mofluid.com/blog/best-keepa-alternatives/
And just like that the price is back to $179.95