It remains unquestioned that Amazon is the world’s largest online shopping center. Years and years ago, we’d have called it the web’s equivalent to Walmart. Today, it has far surpassed that comparison. It’s estimated that Amazon sells nearly 500,000 items every single day. Once known exclusively for their selection of books, Amazon has branched out into a superstore that sells food, clothing, electronics, and plenty more.
Amazon has a wide range of daily and weekly specials that have customers, like myself, in love with the service. Great values in their premium services, like Amazon Prime, keep millions of shoppers coming back. It can be painstaking to window shop every other day and wait patiently for the right deal to come around. With Prices Drop Monitor for Amazon, you won’t have to.
Prices Drop Monitor has existed in the Mac App Store for a long time. In this article, I’ll be reviewing the features of the release on the Windows platform. If interested in PDM for OS X, you should expect to see mostly the same features.
The download is completely free and works on XP, Vista, 7, and 8.
PDM is very easy to use, and you’ll notice instructions on how to begin monitoring prices immediately after you launch the application. All you want to do is navigate to an Amazon product page, restore or resize your browser, and drag the address bar icon into the application, like so:
The red square demonstrate what you need to click and drag into the blue square.
Drag a few items in and you’ll notice the application display will look something like this:
I am a very unashamed fan of white cheddar popcorn. But, that’s not all you need to do to begin monitoring a product. You’ll need to go into the settings and tweak a few variables that allow you to personalize how these products are checked.
Here, you’re able to select if you’d like PDM to launch at the start of Windows, and how often you want the application to check for price fluctuations (4, 8, 12, or 24 hours).
When the price of an item that you’re monitoring changes, you’ll receive a small pop-over in the bottom right of your desktop. It’s short and small. I don’t have a screenshot of it, as there is no way to stimulate a price change right now, but it’s very basic and gets the job done. In the previous screenshots, you’ll also notice the tabs on the left-hand side. This is another area where you can find that information, more permanently.
Here, you can see that the price of this controller dropped a few cents. The old and new prices are displayed, as well as the percentage shift. These tabs will allow you to keep track of changes in your monitored products.
Prices Drop Monitor is very straightforward and does the job it is supposed to. If you’re an Amazon addict, this is an application that you should have sitting comfortably in your startup. The 60,000 K memory usage should definitely pay for itself. If you have any questions regarding Prices Drop Monitor, shoot me a comment!