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What’s the best way to find out about online sales? I always find myself seeing an item of clothing (or bag, or pair of shoes, or…) online and then saying, “Cute, but not at that price.” Of course, sometimes the item is cute enough to just buy outright, but sometimes you’d rather take the chance and wait for a sale. ShoppingNotes is a new-to-me service that tracks the price of an item, and will send you an e-mail alert when the price decreases.
The program, which is still in beta, is pretty easy to use: You see an item, copy the URL, and then go to ShoppingNotes.com, sign in, and paste the URL. There’s even a bookmark (which is now on my toolbar) that you can install so you can just see an item and click the bookmark to get set up. You can set price alerts — I usually just have it set to “alert me to any price change,” but you can change it to “alert me if it drops below price X.” All of the alerts expire after 30 days, but there’s a single button that you can use to renew them all for another 30 days.
I’ve also used Savvy Circle in the past, as well as ShopStyle (for price drops for specific brands) and ShopItToMe (for price drops for brands and stores for items in my sizes). A few years ago there was a way to set it up so your RSS feed would run an Amazon search daily (say “waterford lismore” or “garnet platinum”) and alert you if there were any new items with a price drop — but it stopped working a while ago and I haven’t found a replacement.
Readers, which online services do you use to watch for price drops?