Online shopping can get a little hectic. With hundreds of stores selling the same item at different prices, you are always left with a feeling that you might have missed out on the best deal. And what about sales and offers – are you sure you are shopping at the right time? Fortunately, there are a number of extensions for your browser that can enhance your online shopping experience and ensure you’re getting the best prices possible.
1. Capital One Shopping (aka WikiBuy)
Capital One Shopping is a browser extension available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and more that makes bargain hunting a breeze. Previously known as WikiBuy, this extension uses real-time data from other users to find you the best deals. First, when you view a particular item on a website, Capital One Shopping automatically scours the web to see if any other online retailers have the same item for a cheaper price. It collates its results and displays them on a single page, so that users can quickly scan the list and find the best price. In addition, it also shows users the top alternative products, which may snag them an even better deal.
Furthermore, when you pick a retailer and add an item to your cart, Capital One Shopping checks all of the available coupon codes it can dig up from the depths of the Internet. Additionally, it will automatically apply the one with the biggest savings. Finally, using Captial One Shopping will earn you Capital One Shopping Credits which can be redeemed for gift cards! The only downside to using Capital One Shopping is the fact that you are allowing the app to track your shopping habits. That being said, it can save you a ton of time and effort.
2. Keepa – Amazon Price Tracker
If you like shopping at Amazon.com, then this is a must-have extension for you. Keepa is an Amazon-only extension that adds a new section under the product details where you can see the price history of any product. A graph will show a complete history of the product price from the day it was listed, including Amazon price, new market price and used market price.
Furthermore, if you would like to wait for the price to drop, you can set your desired price, and Keepa will notify you when the product reaches that price via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. It will also notify you of great deals every day in your favorite category, or you can check out related deals on its website to get recommendations.
3. The Camelizer
The Camelizer works similarly to Keepa by showing you the pricing history of items listed on Amazon. Users can view the price history of millions of products via easy-to-understand charts. These pricing charts are incredibly useful in determining when something may go on sale, which can help you save a ton of money. Furthermore, The Camelizer can help you curb impulse buys, as you may reconsider a purchase if you know you can get it cheaper at some point down the track.
In addition to handy pricing charts, The Camelizer also allows users to create product watch lists. When the price of an item in your watch list is reduced, you’ll receive an email notifying you of the sale.
Honey is one of the most well-known and well-reviewed shopping extensions out there. The Honey browser extension automatically finds and applies the best promo codes at checkout. This means that users can focus on finding the right items rather than chasing discount codes into the far reaches of cyberspace.
The biggest appeal of Honey is the sheer amount of retailers it works with. There are approximately 30,000 shopping platforms where Honey to sniff out promo codes. This includes everything from grocery stores to travel websites. Furthermore, users can opt into Honey’s loyalty program, Honey Gold. Honey Gold awards users who shop at supported retailers with points. These points can then be redeemed for gift cards.
Rakuten is another browser extension that scours the web for better deals and automatically applies coupon codes. However, the big draw of Rakuten over other extensions on this list is its robust cashback system. Boiling it down, Rakuten rewards you for shopping. The way Rakuten works is simple: users create an account with Rakuten and install the browser extension. When you place an order, cash back is accrued in your Rakuten account once the order is confirmed.
Rakuten is able to do this thanks to its partnership with over 2500 major retailers, such as Kohl and Nike. These retailers pay Rakuten a commission for sending shoppers their way. Rakuten then cuts its users in on that commission in the form of cash back. Users can be paid through PayPal or via a check. Rakuten also notifies users when cash back is available. This makes it easy to shop around to try and maximize your cashback rewards.
6. Avast SafePrice
This one is just amazing when it comes to finding the best deals (and safe deals as well). Avast SafePrice comes from the reputable antivirus software creator Avast, so you should expect a little focus on “safe” online shopping. It finds the best deals on multiple websites and offers you the lowest prices from one of the most reputable dealers. I have tried it on multiple websites including Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, Groupon, etc., and clicked on random items. 80 percent of the time it managed to find a better price while saving at least more than 30 percent.
If it finds any lower prices, it shows it on the top of the website you are browsing. You can click on the lowest offer to go directly to the page and also see a list of all the lower prices. It will not recommend anything if it doesn’t find any better prices. For me, it took approximately three seconds to show the better deal after the page loaded. Furthermore, it will also find and add coupons automatically if available.
One of the ways consumers are fooled is through product reviews. Sellers can pay people to leave glowing reviews of their products to entice potential customers. As its name implies, Fakespot identifies these fake reviews on Amazon and other online retailers. Furthermore, Fakespot also conducts real-time analysis of third-party sellers. This lets you know if they’ve been less than honest in the past so you can reconsider buying from them. Overall, Fakespot gives consumers peace of mind and provides much-needed quality assurance in eCommerce.
What are your favorite browser extensions that help you save money when shopping online? Also, if you are concerned about your privacy and safety when shopping online, check out our online shopping guide for paranoid users.