Amazon is one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to shop — especially if you have Amazon Prime — but the tricky thing is that many products look like “good deals” when you really aren’t saving much money at all.
That’s why you should start using CamelCamelCamel.
Let’s say you want to buy a brand new Canon EOS 70D DSLR. You check Amazon and you see that it has a list price of $1,199 but a current price of $999. The page says you’ll save $200 (17%) if you buy now… but be careful. Those savings can be deceptive.
Here’s how you see through the deception.
Copy the URL of the Amazon product page and paste it into CamelCamelCamel’s search box. It’ll run a bit of analysis in the background, then present you with the product’s price history.
As you can see, this particular item’s price has fluctuated quite a bit between its debut (July 2, 2013) and today (October 9, 2015). What’s important here is that $999 has been a common price ever since April 2014, and it was even cheaper for a short time between May and June 2015.
A quicker way to check is to scroll down and look at the Price History table. Look at the row marked “Lowest”. If the current price is higher than that price, then you are not getting a deal.
Note: The “Listed Price” on an Amazon product is just the manufacturer’s suggested retail price and is usually only indicative of the product’s initial price when it first launched.
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