Amazon offers a huge product catalog on its websites and while that provides users with a great shopping experience, it lacks one feature in my opinion and that is usability.
Navigating on Amazon's website can be really confusing, especially if you only want to check the current price of several items that you would like to buy. One way to handle this is to to store all products as bookmarks and check them manually every day to check the price to see if it changed or dropped below a certain threshold. This is however not very practicable.
The free Amazon Price Watcher application aids you in this task. It allows you to search many Amazon stores - including those in the United States, Great Britain, Germany and Canada) - using the Amazon Price Watcher interface. Just search for products in selected categories and save interesting results in a library. The library offers fast access to information such as price and availability including a price chart which displays the price trend of the item.
Product images and additional information will be displayed if available. This is great as an overview. The item will be displayed with a green background if your target price is higher than the actual price of the item at Amazon indicating that it would be a good time to purchase it right away.
I'm using the amazon Price Watcher for some time now and can only recommend it to everyone who makes occasional purchases at amazon.
Update: The original program is no longer available. We have removed the link as a consequence. Amazon Watcher for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh PCs is a solid alternative. The program supports six local Amazon stores and an unlimited amount of items to monitor.
It checks the store pages every 15 minutes for new pricing and availability information, and sounds an alarm if price or product changes have been noticed.
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