Don't Shop Amazon Without Doing This First

Don't Shop Amazon Without Doing This First

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Caroline Biggs
Sep 4, 2017

Amazon's pricing fluctuates significantly from day-to-day, so it can be difficult to know whether you're always scoring the best deal the website has to offer. Thankfully, we have CamelCamelCamel—a website devoted solely to monitoring Amazon prices—to help make our lives, or at least our shopping endeavors, a whole lot easier. Read ahead for a breakdown on the site that's changing the way we shop on Amazon.

What it Is

Touted as a "free Amazon price tracker," CamelCamelCamel lets you view the price history of just about any Amazon listing—over 18 million in total—so you can map out trends and determine the best time to buy. You can also sign up for individual Amazon product alerts, so that you will be notified whenever the price of an item you're watching dips below a certain threshold.

For example, thanks to CamelCamelCamel, we can see that the price of this real fiddle leaf fig plant dropped from $30 to $12 twice in just one month. So play it smart and wait for the price to drop before overpaying.

How it Works

The best part is that all of CamelCamelCamel's price trackers and history charts are available completely free of charge—you don't even have to sign up for an account! Simply enter an Amazon URL (or product keywords) into the search bar and voila: you have access to everything from the item's last five price changes to what third party sellers are charging. Hoping to monitor a certain product in case its price drops before buying? Just enter your desired price threshold and contact info—i.e. email or Twitter handle—directly into the price watch box and you're good to go.

However, should you decide to sign up for a free account (you can also sign in using your Facebook, Twitter, and Google accounts), you gain even more benefits, including sales rank histories and a "wishlist importer" that tracks all of your Amazon wishlist items automatically.

And if all that wasn't enough to sell you on CamelCamelCamel, remember that the site also offers browser add-ons—which allow you to view price history charts directly from retailer product pages—and Camelet, a browser-free bookmark that takes you straight to a product's CamelCamelCamel page when you're viewing it on Amazon.

Not too shabby for a free website already devoted to saving you money. No wonder it was voted LifeHacker's most popular price-tracking tool!

What Are People Watching?

Here are three of CamelCamelCamel's most frequently watched products:

1. Fiskars 8 Inch The Original Orange-Handled Scissors: Although it's often listed $11.99, a simple CamelCamelCamel search shows the price of these popular scissors has recently dropped as low $3.69.

2. Mommy's Helper Outlet Plugs (36 Count): Forget that they're usually listed as $3.99, a history chart proves this 36-pack of outlet plugs can run for as low as $1.67 on Amazon.

3. Haribo Gold-Bears Gummi Candy (5-Pound Bag): With prices as high as $22 and as low as $9.59, who could resist keeping a watchful eye on these popular chewy treats?

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