Believe it or not, camels can actually help you save money!
No, not those camels. There is actually a website out there called camelcamelcamel.com. I know, at first glance you might think this is spam or a guaranteed virus if you click the link. Quite the contrary. The developers of this site have created a tracking mechanism for amazon.com to record Amazon product price fluctuations. When you are hunting for the best price on a product: camelcamelcamel will show you know how far it has dropped, when the best price was, and where it is presently.
If you take a look at the above image, you can see the entire history of the product from when it first arrived on Amazon to present. You’ll notice you can change the date range, show third party prices, and although it’s not included in the screen shot it will list by date the most recent price drops and the highest and lowest price points. I’ve personally used this service for a couple of our family’s bigger purchases and it’s saved us 20 to 30% of the price on average. Even more conveniently, you can provide your e-mail to get alerts when the price drops below a certain threshold that you’ve set. I’ve used one of my personal e-mail addresses for it and never received any kind of spam as a result. It’s a great way to gauge the price of a product since there are several stores out there like Best Buy that will match prices from Amazon. If you are planning a future purchase, especially with Black Friday soon approaching, this could be an excellent way to get the best deal and save money as prices drop for the holidays.
Remember, a drop in a bucket doesn’t seem like much, but many drops will eventually fill the pail.