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Do you buy online from Amazon? Have a look at this.

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Do you buy online from Amazon? Have a look at this.

Well if you do you might want to have a look at this site. It's a price tracking site for Amazon and when given a product URL will produce pricing graphs and price change history data like this.

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You can also set up alerts to be told if the price changes, so handy if you can wait to buy something you want.

 

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Re: Do you buy online from Amazon? Have a look at this.

From a "historical" point of view, it could be very interesting to see how "item A " has fared in the pricing chart...but from a "practical" point of view, I fail to see how this can help you to decide when to buy..

 

Let`s say "Item A" is priced at £200 today, when I look at it on Amazon... so I bring up the item on that site, and see it has been going down in price for the past week,.. and because of "that" information,... decide that I should wait a further week, for it to fall further... 

 

  However,... tomorrow, when I check the price, it has gone up by £10.00...   Ooops.!.. shudda bought it yesterday... Cry...

 

Yup, "could" have gone down by £10.00 but.. that brings us back to " sods   murphy`s  law" on another thread ! ! ...

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@shutter - What you say is correct but I guess it's a bit like trading, so a risk you should be prepared to take, you could always set an alert for a lower price you're prepared to pay. However, now you are armed with this information you can always contact Amazon and ask for the reason behind the price rise and I'm sure you'd get it at yesterday's 200 price.

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Re: Do you buy online from Amazon? Have a look at this.

I do buy from Amazon (and eBay) but what irritates and troubles is the way prices for the same item differ, and sometimes by quite and amazing amount. I have seem something as simple as a new book going from a fiver to five hundred.

A mistake perhaps, but not when it's a common occurrence! Knuppel

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Re: Do you buy online from Amazon? Have a look at this.

 I'll buy from Amazon or any other business I feel I can trust, which offers within the price range that I can afford. Anyhow, what does that site do or prove other than prices fluctuate, as in any market?

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Re: Do you buy online from Amazon? Have a look at this.

But that's the whole point, who can you trust these days especially when buying online and especially when the likes of Amazon allow such huge price differentials. I did contact Amazon about it but they said they were only acting as agents in many cases and were not responsible.

Not responsible for such a clear case con? I just don't get it, or maybe there is no such thing as a duty of care in the world of online commerce. 

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Re: Do you buy online from Amazon? Have a look at this.

I have been led to believe that when an eBay seller's 'Buy it now' price is way out of line with everyone else's, (hundreds of pounds, perhaps) this is because the item is temporarily out of stock. Apparently, it a lot less work to increase the price to a level that people won't buy at, than it is to have to re-list the item from scratch when it is back in stock. I don't know, but that's what I have been told.

Amazon's third-party 'marketplace' sellers have every right to set prices as they wish, but changes in either direction have been seen to affect Amazon's own price correspondingly. The price differences are openly displayed on the Amazon website, and the buyer makes his choice, usually not on price alone.

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If you are ordering from Amazon itself, then http://www.fillerchecker.co.uk/

can be useful in avoiding postal charges, by ordering an extra piece of rubbish.

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Re: Do you buy online from Amazon? Have a look at this.

Got that one covered, I order via my daughter's Amazon Prime account Thumbs Up

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I've used camel for a couple of years now, found it very useful for books I want but not in a rush for and had some good bargains.

Also used flubit to get some things cheaper.

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Re: Do you buy online from Amazon? Have a look at this.


Minivanman wrote:

But that's the whole point, who can you trust these days especially when buying online and especially when the likes of Amazon allow such huge price differentials. I did contact Amazon about it but they said they were only acting as agents in many cases and were not responsible.

Not responsible for such a clear case con? I just don't get it, or maybe there is no such thing as a duty of care in the world of online commerce. 


That's why I included "feel". Some business selling at a too out of line price would make me wary. Thing is, one has to have a degree of trust, namely in one's own decision making, and live with it. That's not to say that the seller that did you is any less guilty, and get any desserts due. 

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I'm with @Luzern on this. I check Amazon, eBay, Google shopping and sometimes Gumtree I may finish up with a specialist or put it off for a few days if i can't get the price i want without too much searching. I prefer PayPal if it's a new supplier. 

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Oh I agree @Luzern, but it's that 'feel' we are relegated from don't you think when it comes to online shopping, but then maybe that is now been being exchanged for experience and a devolved trust in search engines.

Time was when you could look the Albert Arkwrights and Arthur Daleys of this world in the eye but getting to grips with the now 'not so new' new kids on the block such as Amazon and Ebay is a different kettle of fish. 

Mind, I still trust the likes of Tesco, Co-op, and Argos when buying online but there does seem more an element of snooping rather than shopping when we do.

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Re: Do you buy online from Amazon? Have a look at this.

I needed to purchase an iPod Nano so looked on Amazon as usual.

I then checked around Argos, Currys and others.

I ended up buying from Currys as the cheapest option.

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