How to Get the Best Deals at Amazon? Use the Amazon Price Tracker!

Screen shot 2011 05 03 at 10.18.20 PM How to Get the Best Deals at Amazon? Use the Amazon Price Tracker!

If you’ve been reading KOAB for a while, you know that I love Amazon deals.

Amazon’s got great prices. And they are delivered right to your door. In two days. For free.

With the price of gas these days, alone, that’s a pretty awesome deal.

But you regular KOAB readers also know that many of my Amazon posts contain a little disclaimer that goes something like, “Amazon prices can change on a dime, so double-check the price before you pull the trigger”.

With all that pricing volatility and — let’s call a spade a spade — Amazon’s notoriously inflated “original” prices, it’s worth asking: How do you know you’re getting the best deal on Amazon?

Well, first of all, if you found it on KOAB, you should know that I really do my best to vet every single deal – and especially the Amazon deals. If I think you could do a bit better stacking a manufacturer coupon with a store sale, I tell you that.

Beyond your implicit trust in my integrity (;-)), I’m psyched to share with you another way to confirm whether the latest hot Amazon deal is really a rock-bottom price. Or just a hyped up frugal blogger’s post.

With the click of a button, the Amazon Price Tracker, Camel Camel Camel, tells you the historic high – and low – price for any item sold on Amazon. It even differentiates between Amazon pricing and third-party pricing, hosted on Amazon.

If you use Firefox like I do, you can download the price tracker to your toolbar. A little black camel will show up in the lower right corner of your window. Open up any Amazon page, click on that tiny little camel and watch as a bar graph opens up with historic pricing information.

I love, love, love Camel! And I bet you will, too!

Have you used Camel or another price tracker to help you get the best deals online? Any other suggestions?

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  1. caroline says:

    oh. my. wow. (to quote you…) What a great tool!

    I also recommend and when you are looking to hit $25 so you can get free shipping.

  2. I LOVE the Tracktor’s pretty little Safari extension – shows me a graph with prices automatically on every Amazon page!

  3. You can try They track prices and give you a nice menu to browse from so you can find the deals in a given category.

  4. While I like camelcamelcamel, I’m starting to love they seem to have less data than Camel right now but I prefer the cleaner design.

    • Mara Strom says:

      I’ll have to check that out, Donna. I like the plug-ins for Firefox and Chrome that I have with Camel – and the ability to set a price alert!

      • If you like what you have with camel, you will love pricezombie. I gave up on camel after they quit listing newegg. pricezombie has browser extensions and price alerts just like camel, but they support a ton of stores besides amazon. That means you will know when a price really is good, and not if it is good based on only amazon pricing.

  5. Andrew Liva says:

    I was using before I found What I like in pricedas is that it checks prices very frequently (every hour I think).

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