The Ookong team has made new developments with their service, including a brand-new extension for Safari and a substantially updated extension for Google Chrome. In this article, I’ll show you how to use Ookong to save some of your hard-earned cash when shopping at Amazon, and cover some features you might not have seen before.
Ookong for Safari
Now that Safari supports extensions, you can enjoy some sweet money-saving goodness while using Apple’s browser. First up, make sure to install the latest version of Safari from Apple’s download site. While you can get Ookong from the Safari Extensions Gallery, you should get it from Ookong’s official Safari homepage to install the newest version (as of this writing, version 1.6.0 was available from Ookong.com while only 1.1 was available in the Safari Extensions Gallery). Click the link in “Please get the latest version from here”, as shown below.
Once you’ve installed Ookong, you’ll have a new icon in your toolbar (a big K). Clicking this button will instantly pull up a search box where you can look for anything on Amazon.com. You can also enter a friend’s email address to view their Amazon Wish List, which is great for finding deals on gifts.
When you find something you’re interested in, simply click the Follow it button and Ookong will automatically track that product’s price history and provide you with alerts when the price drops!
When the price of an item on your Follow list drops, you’ll see a notification on the Ookong icon (shown on the right). You can also view items you’re currently watching by clicking the Ookong button and selecting Follow List. The Follow List will show you current prices as well as historical highs and lows.
To see a product’s price history, click the Graph button. This allows you to observe any trends the item might currently be experiencing and make better decisions about when to purchase. If it’s at an all-time high, you might want to Follow the item and come back later.
All of the features I just mentioned are also available when using Amazon normally. The Ookong browser button will change to a graph, where you will once again see historical price information and have the option to follow the item.
Ookong for Chrome, Updated
When I first covered Ookong for Chrome, it was missing some features that were available in the Firefox version. Not anymore, however – Ookong version 1.5 for Chrome offers everything its open-source counterpart offers.
To install Ookong for Chrome, head over to its Chrome Extension page and click the blue Install button.
After installation, a new icon will be in your toolbar (bearing the familiar Ookong logo). Clicking this icon brings up Ookong’s Amazon search just like in the aforementioned Safari extension.
When browsing a product listing on Amazon, the Ookong for Chrome icon will show a red badge when price history is available. From here, you can follow items to receive price drop notifications and also view historical data.
We’re all looking to save a little money nowadays, and shopping online is often much cheaper than shopping in brick-and-mortar stores. With Ookong, you can get the upper hand on the ebb and flow of prices on your favorite products, letting you know exactly when you should make your next purchase. And with historical data, you’ll be much less inclined to make an impulse purchase!
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