There are many stores out there that offer a 30 day price guarantee which means if the price goes down after you’ve bought it, they’ll refund you the difference. The problem with this is that you have to know that the price dropped in the first place before you can get a refund. But who has time to check prices everyday for products they’ve bought in the last 30 days? Luckily, there are several sites out there that are all about helping you save money and letting you know when the price has dropped. Today we’ll be covering services offered by PriceProtectr and PriceGrabber, two sites that cover multiple retail stores. We’ll also be covering RefundPlease which focuses solely on Amazon, as well as Kayak which will notify you if the price of an airline ticket has gone down so that you know when to buy it.
PriceProtectr will check a stores’ website for price reductions for 30 days after you’ve purchased the product if they offer a 30 day price guarantee. It’s a fairly new service and they’re always adding new stores to their list.
Stores or services: In all,there are 58 supported sites. Some of them include (in alphabetical order):
Abercrombie & Fitch, Altrec.com, Amazon, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, American Eagle Outfitters, American Musical Supply, Ann Taylor, The Apple Store, Backcountry.com, Banana Republic, Barnes and Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Best Buy Canada, Bike Nashbar, BJ’s Wholesale Club, bloomingdale’s, Circuit City, Comp USA, Cooking.com, Costco, Costco Canada, Crutchfield, Fry’s Electronics, Future Shop, Gap, J&R Computer World, Jenson USA, J. Crew, KB Toys, Kohls, Lacks Home Furnishings, Lamps Plus, Linens ‘N Things, London Drugs, Lowes, Music123, Musicians’ Friend, Nordstrom, Office Depot, Office Max, Old Navy, Petco, Radio Shack, Rooms To Go, Sears, The Sharper Image, 6th Avenue Electronics, Staples, Staples Canada, Swim Outlet, Target, Tiffany Lamps, White House – Black Market, Zappos.com, zZounds
Type of Notifications: Email (they promise not to spam you!)
Good/Bad: They offer a wide variety of stores that they can watch for dropping prices, unfortunately they don’t have an RSS feature so that you can be notified by a method other than email. It’s simple and easy to use, and can save you quite a bit of money.
Much like PriceProtectr, RefundPlease.com is all about saving you money by notifying you when something you’ve purchased has gone down in price within 30 days of purchase. All you’ll need is the ISBN (of it’s a book) or the ASIN# for non-books, and they’ll be able to track the price of the item for you.
Stores or services: Amazon only
Type of Notifications: email
Good/Bad:The fact that they only offer this service for Amazon is disappointing, however the good news is that they plan to expand this service to include other online shopping retailers. Another great thing about this site is that they show you what the top five price changes were from the day prior.
PriceGrabber is better known as a comparison shopping tool and a place to get merchant reviews, or get notified of rebates or find coupons, but it too has a great feature that can be used for Price Drop Notifications. You’ll have to have an account, but once you do, you can use the ‘set price alert’ feature. To use it as a price drop notification service, just find the product you bought, select to filter by merchant, and then set the target price to what you paid for it. Once it drops below the price you paid for it, you’ll get an alert.
Stores or services: Many, many stores in categories like:
Applicances, Auto parts, Barbies & Kids, Books & Magazines, Cameras, Cell Phones, Plans, & Accessories, Clothing, Computers, Consumer Electronics, Flowers & Gourmet, Furniture, Health & Beauty, Indoor Living, Jewelry & Watches, Movies (DVD & VHS), Music, Musical Instruments, Office Products, Outdoor Living, Software, Sporting Goods, Toys, Video Games
Type of Notifications:Email
Good/Bad: The good and bad happens to be their selection of merchants. The list of supported merchants is HUGE, yet they’re lacking some of the major ones.
Kayak is best known as a travel search engine, but they offer so much more than just a search engine. One of their features called Fare “Buzz” is especially helpful because you can set a Maximmum Price for an airline ticket, and once it drops below that price, you’ll be notified so that you can go buy the tickets while they’re being sold at a great price.
Stores or services: Airline Tickets
Type of Notifications:Email
Good/Bad:You select how often you want an email – either weekly, daily (or never) for the fare alert feature, which is nice. It would be great to see them add a “buzz” feature (or a notification service) for some of the other travel options like a hotel, a cruise, a rental car, etc.