Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Saving Money at Amazon using CamelCamelCamel

So, I was under the impression that everyone knew about this 'trick'. I was speaking with someone the other day and when I asked if they had used it, they had no idea what I was talking about. This isn't a money saving trick so much as a 'don't get ripped off' trick, which is basically the same thing. I'm sure most people will know, but just in case....
Saving Money at Amazon using CamelCamelCamel
It's super simple, actually.

Find something you want on Amazon (not kindle books, womp womp). I'll use this treadmill that I want to get one day. Copy the URL.


Then go to camelcamelcamel. Now, paste the URL in the search box at the top of the page. The page will load with information about the product.


Scroll down to see the price changes - it will show the last 5 price changes on the right, and on the left you have the highest, lowest etc.


So basically, I can see that the lowest was $276, but that was well over a year ago. The price right now is good, at $287 but just a couple months ago it was almost $150 higher! That is ridiculous. If I want something, I will often check camelcamelcamel and then wait for the price to drop, or if I really want it / need it immediately, then I just make sure the difference between the lowest price and what I'm paying isn't crazy.

So now what? Don't worry, you don't have to check camelcamelcamel every day. Scroll back up the top. I personally only really buy from Amazon and rarely use the 3rd party option, so that's where I track my price. When you go to enter your desired price, a little pop up comes up showing you the best price, and other prices based on percentages. You can go off this if you like, but I normally put in a little above what I want to pay.

This is a bad example, because the current price is so close to the lowest price. But let's pretend it is May 2015 and we can see that they want $400 for it, but a week earlier it was $287. Camelcamelcamel just saved you over $100. All you need to do is enter the price you want and then tab over a couple and enter your email address. You'll get a confirmation email, and then if/when the price drops you will get another email. You can also use twitter if you want.


I know if you keep things in your amazon cart it will let you know things have changed price, but I find this a lot easier than that.

Another handy thing about camelcamelcamel is that you can also click on the 'top price drops' tab to see the products most heavily discounted in the last day or 7. Also, you can sort by category, which I think is brilliant.


Oh, and if you create an account, you can see all the items you are tracking in one spot. I find this super handy because I often forget what I have set up a tracking thing for. All of my desired prices are based on previous prices, or what I simply want and hope it will eventually go down to (for example, The Royal We has never been recorded that low, but I don't mind waiting). It's also good because something might be super close to your desired price but you won't get an email because it's not quite there - but if I'm wanting $20 for that set of Jane Austen novels, I'd pay $21 or $25, you know? So it's good to be able to see it all in one spot.


I should also mention that you can simply install the camelcamelcamel plug in and you don't have to do the whole manual shebang that I just went through, but I personally like doing it this way.

Needless to say, this is in no way shape or form sponsored. I'm sure lots of people know this already, but just in case, it can't hurt to share, right?

65 comments:

  1. I did not know about this! Thanks for the tip! x

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  2. What?!? I've never even heard of CamelCamelCamel before! Good to know and I will definitely be checking this out the next time I order something from Amazon!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. This is fantastic! I have never heard of CamelCamelCamel before, but I will definitely be using it all the time now! :)

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  4. what?? this is genius! thank you for sharing it with me! and it would have been fine even if it was sponsored! ;) i'm installing the plug in now. thank you thank you!

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  5. Um, this is awesome! I've never heard of this before and I shop on Amazon all the time. I know I'll be trying this out the next time I'm ready to buy something from there!

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  6. what?! i've never even heard of this although i have been wondering why there aren't apps like this out there....now i know there is. thanks for the tip!

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  7. WHAT?!?! I have never ever heard of this. You are my life hero right now, girl. Haha!

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  8. I have never heard of this at all! We don't use Amazon as much because Amazon.ca sucks compared to the American version, but this is still great information!!!

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  9. Good to know! I, too, have never heard of camelcamelcamel before.

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  10. I've never heard of this either ;) Thanks for sharing! Definitely will be using this in the future since I buy about 70% of my stuff at amazon!

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  11. Umm, whaaaaaat?? I love a good deal but have never heard of this before - thanks for sharing!

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  12. Oh my gosh! I did NOT know about this - thank you!!!

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  13. Ummmmm, I had no idea about this! How awesome is that? We don't buy a whole lot online (outside of clothes) but for big ticket items this is key. Like the second crib we'll be buying soon... You posted this just in time for that purchase, my friend! High five to you :)

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  14. Officially learned something new today - thanks for sharing that amazing website! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  15. wow! thanks for sharing. i've never heard of this either! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  16. I've never heard of Camelcamelcamel, so thank you for sharing this post. I will use it to do more research on my other buys in the future! You rock lady!

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  17. That's awesome! I've never heard of CamelCamelCamel. What a weird name - if there's a joke there, it's going right over my head. I'm definitely going to try this out for my next Amazon purchases!

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  18. Are you kidding me?!?!?! ... this is AMAZING!
    I HATE when I buy things at Amazon & the price changes. My husband is going to love you now for this info.

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  19. Yep I too had no clue this existed. It even works for UK items! Amazing. Now off to add everything I've ever wanted to the tracker feature... Thank you!

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  20. THIS IS AWESOME! I had no idea... I'm going to start shopping NOW

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  21. Holy crappers! How did I not know about this?! This is amazing gurlie, thank you so much :-D

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  22. Uhmmm what?! How did I not know about this! Saving this post!

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  23. WHOA. I didn't know about this....like, at all. Bookmarking this for all my crazy expenditures :D

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  24. You know, I knew about this awhile back and the forgot about it and never really used it. I definitely need to!

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  25. Umm Love this!! Thank you so much for sharing!! This is genius and no, I've never heard of it. I add things to my Amazon wishlist and it will tell you if there is a price drop, but not an increase and you don't get the history like that, so this is great.

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  26. I just learned about this not too long ago, either! It's fun and infuriating when I realize I should have bought an item a long time ago becasue now the price has skyrocketed! haha!

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  27. Never heard of it! What a neat tool!

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  28. Say what?! I've never heard of this! I'm def gonna give it a shot!!!!!!!

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  29. You know I completely forget about this! I've heard of it before, but never utylized it. I just made a major purchase (a $2k DSLR camera for my photography business) and I was like "oh crap, I bet if I had waited 5 more days it would've dropped in price". But I just checked it on CCC and thankfully the camera I bought is at the lowest price it's been since the camera was released. Whew! I need to remember this, though! So helpful!

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  30. Um yeah, I'm definitely one of those people that had no idea about this. So thank YOU for sharing - big savings, here I come.

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  31. I had no idea about this so thank you for posting it. So fab!!

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  32. Gamechanger. We buy way too many things on Amazon (thanks Prime) and need to start using this stat.

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  33. I love using camelcamelcamel, especially for bigger ticket items.

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  34. I have NEVER heard of this and I live on Amazon. I pretty much buy something there every day. Thank you for this tip. PS I love the name. Camels are awesome.

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  35. Whaaaat! I've never heard of this!!!! Time to start my research! Thanks girl!! You know I LOVE Amazon!

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  36. I've never heard of this site but that's pretty awesome - especially for the higher priced items or electronics.

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  37. Yup, never ever heard of this before so THANK YOU for sharing! Saving money is always the name of the game, but especially during this funemployment haha :)

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  38. This is such a cool trick. I need to see if this works with Indian sites too :).

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  39. I had no idea this existed and now I'm am so blissfully happy to know! I will be using this so often now! Thank you!

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  40. I have never even heard about this?!?! Like what???? Thanks for sharing!

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  41. I hadn't heard of this before! Though I usually shop around on everything anyway. I can see it being especially helpful on big ticket items, and the price drop notification is a nice feature. Thanks, Kristen!

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  42. i had never heard about this website before! thank you so much for pointing it out!

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  43. Ever since I made my Christmas list using Amazon links, I've learned they totally mark up a lot of their items, because my mom ended up finding everything on that list for 20%+ less at stores! I saw a box of tampons (like 36 Tampax) for $17 yesterday on there! WTF either people are idiots or just too lazy to go to a store for some things haha. Great site rec, girl!

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  44. Okay I'm glad I'm not alone in not having heard of this! When you said you figured most people knew I was like, "WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME?!" Hahaha. Can't wait to use this!

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  45. Wow thats amazing! I had no idea you could do that, but from now on I will make sure to double check the prices! Thanks for sharing your tricks :)

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  46. I had no idea about this, so excited to check it out! Thanks for sharing! Pinning this post!

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  47. Had no clue about this little trick! Definitely useful for larger purchases. I will definitely use it around the holidays. Thanks for sharing lady! I'm always about saving where I can ;-)

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  48. I had no idea! You are blowing my mind and revolutionizing my shopping. :)

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  49. I'd never even heard about this, so I'm really glad you decided to post this! I know you specifically mention Amazon, but does CamelCamelCamel also work for things like airline tickets? I feel like I could definitely use it regardless, but if it could track flight prices the same way, I'd be in heaven!

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  50. I TOTALLY did not know about this. hahaha! I don't think I even knew that prices fluctuated that much on Amazon, WHOA! So thanks for the insider info :)

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  51. This is an amazing tip! I'm not surprised this exists but I definitely never even thought to check. This would have come in really handy a few months back when I kept missing the price drop on Kindles (I ended up getting a good-as-new one on eBay for way cheap though so I guess it worked out).

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  52. I have never heard about that site. Love it. I don't tend to do that much research on pricing so something that does the work for me is wonderful.

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  53. How did I not know about this?! And I am a crazy amazon shopper!!! Glad to be in the know now!

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  54. How have I been missing out on this for YEARS? This could be a dangerous trick to know... (Thanks for the heads up!)

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  55. Whaaaat? This is so crazy, I usually just stuff I want to my shopping cart and then check every so often to see if the price has gone down since I added it in!

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  56. I had no idea this existed! Thanks for sharing. I'll definitely be using it before I make another purchase.

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  57. I absolutely had no idea this even existed...good thing you decided to share it with us!! score!

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  58. Thank you!! Just saved me a ton of money. Definitely waiting until something I really want for Sophie drops in price a bit.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

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  59. Whoa, I had never heard of this! I use ShopTagr to alert me when things I like go on sale, but I had no idea there was something that had historical price changes. Thanks so much for this, Kristen!

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  60. This is awesome! I'm always finding out about new things thanks to your blog. (I remember your post about Sling TV) thanks for sharing!

    Jessica | Pyreflies.org

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  61. How did I not know about this? I mean I only really buy books for Amazon but honestly, book prices are changing so often and I buy so damn many of them that I could really save with this little trick. Thanks so much girl!!!

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