3 Sites To Help You Save Money Online

PriceSpider works much like WishRadar that we mentioned last week, except PriceSpider focuses exclusively on electronics, and searches more sites. You choose the product and set a target price, and when it sees that price somewhere online, it sends you an alert.

PriceProtectr will help you take advantage of any price-matching guarantees at 72 different stores. “If we notice the price drop any time within the price protection period, we’ll send an email your way (and we’ll keep sending them if the price keeps dropping).”

The founder of Spendfish has a collection of deal-related websites posted on his personal blog. It’s a great place to start if you’re not sure where else to look.

“A Universe of Gadget Advice” [New York Times]

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  1. homerjay says:

    Never shop online without first consulting retailmenot.com for a coupon code. They save me a LOT of money every time.

  2. Copper says:

    I’ve tried out PriceProtectr, haven’t had any notifications yet, but it’s only been a week. Maybe something will drop in price…

    I LOVE the PriceAdvance Firefox extension though.

  3. forgottenpassword says:

    I really do not have much confidence in these “find the best price” searchengine websites. I have tried a BUNCH in the past & most do not hold up to their claims & more often than not I was able to find a cheaper price by just searching the net myself. Sure!… it takes longer, but you will often get the best price.

    My advice is to use the websites first & THEN see if you can beat their low price findings by searching for the best price yourself online…. treat it as a game. I kinda treat it as a war. Like the company is trying to somehow screw me by not giving me the absolute best price & by find a better price… I have won & beating them.

  4. UpsetPanda says:

    @forgottenpassword: I agree, it’s a war. I used PriceGrabber and all those sites today, looking for Guitar Hero III and it listed the MSRP on every listing I got through PriceGrabber, except none of them were in stock and Circuit City only offered it as an in-store pickup, 40 miles away.

    What I do first is just go to all the different websites I usually go to when I want to buy something, and if it is a hard-to-find item like Guitar Hero III I’ll try over and over again. I finally got one today through (please don’t stone me) walmart.com. I looked through Consumerist to see if there were any complaints about walmart.com and I didn’t really find any. Did I miss them all or does no one actually buy stuff off their website? I actually stared at the page and was stunned that I could find it in stock somewhere online. Sure, I had to pay shipping and tax…but after three days of calling local stores, none of them could guarantee any kind of stock and there’s only a week left…yeah I’m a Christmas pawn. :-P Must have toys.

    Anyway, when I got mine, none of the ‘best price’ sites I looked at even listed Wal-Mart. They pointed me to a bunch of random sites too, sites I would spend more time researching to make sure they weren’t shady rather than actually buying something.

  5. iamme99 says:

    Yes, a lot of these services only feature deals and prices from captive companies (companies that have paid them a fee). So as mentioned, they are good to check, but you should do some extra legwork just to make sure.

  6. PinkBox says:

    You’ve had problems finding Guitar Hero III? I’ve seen copies of that everywhere around where I live.

    I even had no problem finding Rock Band. Awesome game, btw.

  7. molife says:

    I do alot of buying for my company. Check pricegrabber, and froogle or google products and ebay. But always keep an eye on slickdeals.net and dealnews. both of those last sites are not feeder sites for certain vendors. they are the real deal. slickdeals has great forums. and dealnews will find you the best deal on whatever you’re looking for.

    unless your looking for non name brand stuff like knock off avery labels or something – then you have to search the net yourself. dig down SEVERAL pages before you stop searching.

  8. jonathanl says:

    I ordered my copy of Guitar hero from RedOctane. A RedOctane Coupon is available too. Not sure if you can still get delivery by Christmas.

  9. jonathanl says:

    PriceProtectr is a very slick site, I have been quite impressed.

  10. UpsetPanda says:

    I see GHIII available for the 360, PS2 and PS3 but I have a Wii and everywhere I look (B&M stores and online) it’s been sold out. I tend to only trust a few stores online, though, so that might explain why I have found such a limited supply. @jonathanl: I checked RedOctane, it’s sold out for the Wii.

    Oh well. I did happen to grab what I wanted though, so I’m just hoping they won’t pull a GameStop and pretend they have it and promise it “sometime in January.”

  11. darkclawsofchaos says:

    search engines suck, forums are the best, usually contains people who want to stick it to the system for free, like cheapassgamer, we really stick it to best buy and circuit city by getting the lowest prices and getting the best coupons around

  12. kalmakazee says:

    Usually I get the BEST deals on amazon.com I LOVE amazon.com If there is ever a problem with anything I order they ALWAYS credit me back and they pay for the full shipping for me to return the item as well. Please note I am in no way affiliated with amazon.com I don’t bother with those price comparison sites because they rarely ever find me the best deals. I don’t always buy from amazon. Depends if I can get the BEST deals or not. A GREAT website I use to get GREAT discount codes is http://www.couponcabin.com

  13. azgirl says:

    I like salescircular.com It does the stores that have ads in the paper..saves me time. I mostly like the free after rebate section. It lists Frys and Walgreens etc. It is definitely not a complete source though..

  14. create says:

    [dealspl.us] rawks too

  15. jakejarmel says:

    i prefer [bountii.com] as it only shows you up-to-date prices from major retailers (amazon, costco, samsclub, target, etc)