Mozilla launched two new Test Pilot experiments for the Firefox web browser today. Price Wise is a price tracking extension that monitors products on select sites for price drops.
Email Tab, the second new experimental extension, adds options to copy a selection of open tabs to the Clipboard or emails.
Mozilla launched Test Pilot in 2016 to test certain ideas related to Firefox. The main goal behind Test Pilot is to find out whether features are good additions to the Firefox web browser or better kept as standalone extensions.
Some test pilot projects, the screenshot tool Page Shot or Tracking Protection or Firefox Containers, have been integrated into the Firefox web browser; others such as Snooze Tabs or No More 404s have not found their way into the browser.
Price Wise is a price tracking extension for Firefox. The extension is clearly designed for the U.S. market; the list of supported shopping sites includes Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Best Buy and Home Depot at the time of writing.
Price Wise spots price drops on things you’re interested in at Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Home Depot and Walmart. When Price Wise finds a price drop, the add-on gives you a heads-up about the lower price.
The extension supports only the *.com versions of the shopping sites and not local versions. In other words: you can use it on amazon.com or ebay.com, but not on ebay.co.uk, or amazon.de.
The extension highlights if you can add a product to the list of tracked products. Just click on the extension icon and select the "add" option to have its price tracked from that moment on.
Price Wise lists all added products in its interface and notifies you when it notices a price drop. A click on a tracked product opens the shopping page it was added on so that it can be bought directly provided that it is still in stock at the time.
The extension has no options at the time of writing. You cannot set a desired price for an item or cross-check the price to find out if an item is cheaper or available at another supported retailer.
Some of the best shopping extensions for Firefox support the functionality and more already.
Email Tabs is the second experimental extension that Mozilla launched today. The extension can be used to copy a selection of tabs, or all tabs, to the Clipboard of the operating system or using email.
Ever needed to save or share a whole bunch of tabs as you research, shop, or just browse the web? Email Tabs lets you create beautiful emails from your open tabs to save them for later or share them. You can use Email Tabs to automatically send along links, screenshots, or even the text from articles.
The email integration makes use of templates to display the links in an elegant way. The current version of Email Tabs supports Gmail only.
Placeholders for Yahoo Mail and Outlook are included but the functionality is not there yet.
Firefox users in the U.S. who don't want to install a full-blown shopping extension -- for whatever reason -- may install Price Wise to track the price of items on popular U.S. shopping sites.
Gmail users who use Firefox as a browser may install Email Tabs to improve the collecting and sending of site information.
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