Where are you buying most of your Christmas presents (If you do not celebrate Christmas replace it with your holiday of choice please)?
Chance is, you do at least some shopping online, and that has some benefits but also disadvantages. As far as the advantages go: you can easily switch shopping sites without moving a feet, compare prices either manually or by using price comparison sites, do not have to carry the items home with you, and avoid the masses as they do their Christmas shopping.
As far as negatives go: you cannot touch or test the item in store, and there is usually also no one you can talk to if you need advice.
Browser extensions may assist you while you are shopping online. They may provide you with additional information about items, compare prices automatically on hundreds of websites, or track the price of an item for you so that you can make the purchase when it is at its lowest.
We have divided the list of extensions into different groups to make things easier for you. First, extensions that compare prices for you and highlight if a cheaper price is available on another shopping site. These usually come with coupon information as well.
Then, extensions that provide you with information, or options to track item prices, or other data that you may find useful while you are shopping online.
PriceBlink displays a small bar on top of shopping sites it supports that informs you about the best price for the item you are currently looking at, and also if coupons are available to save extra money.
Another interesting feature is the ability to look up user reviews of products on multiple sites. You can check out reviews on Amazon, Newegg and BuyDig for the product, including an overall rating on all three sites right from the main toolbar.
Works on US and UK shopping sites only.
The extension compares prices in the background while you browse shopping sites. It displays a notification in the browser interface as soon as it finds one, so that you know how much can you save right away.
If coupons are available, those are also listed right away so that you can use them to save even more. Comes with an option to add items of interest to a list. The makers of the extension will notify you by email if the item price hits a specified target.
Other extensions worth mentioning:
The Camelizer provides you with price history charts and price watch options. I suggest you display the icon in the navigational toolbar or add-on bar. If you display it in the navigational toolbar, it will divide the page into two parts, displaying price information about the selected item in the lower half.
Here you can also enter a desired price for the item and an email address so that you are notified when that price target is met by the site you are on. Amazon users benefit from individual listings for Amazon and third party offers.
Missed one? Let me know in the comment section below.
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