Hacking Online Shopping
by Brice Bai
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but that doesn’t mean the extra savings have to end! Sometimes, sites have a lot of hidden deals lurking around, but there are tools that can help bring them out. Here are four sites/browser extensions that’ll help you tackle those online bargains:
1. Honey (Browser Extension)
Honey is a free browser extension that automatically finds coupons from all over the internet and applies the best one for you in one click during checkout. From Amazon to Papa Johns, Honey can give you discounts in an extensive variety of sites as long as there’s some kind of coupon code for it—all you have to do is wait for the Honey button at your browser bar to light up. Only available on the desktop browsers of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.
Another feature of this plugin is earning HoneyGold, which are like reward points for shopping on certain sites. Just go on the HoneyGold tab, click “Get” for the site you will shop on, and you’ll start earning. After earning 1000 HoneyGold, you can redeem it for items from Amazon gift cards to real gold!
2. CamelCamelCamel/The Camelizer
Ever notice an Amazon product that constantly has price fluxes? CamelCamelCamel will help you determine if that item really is worth the price it’s at. This site price tracks millions of Amazon products. It has a complete history of all the price changes a product has undergone, shows the Amazon, third party new, and third party used price history, and also displays the highest, lowest, and average price the product has had. If you would like to be notified of a price drop, just enter your desired price in the submission box and your email address as well!
The Camelizer is the browser extension version of the site and is only available for Firefox and Chrome.
PriceExpert is another simple browser extension that shows price comparisons. Appearing when you’re on a product page, it suggests other sites that offer the same product but for lower prices. PriceExpert automatically does its work in the background, making it easy and convenient to find better prices. Available for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari.
Have a place you frequently shop at? Then don’t forget to use Ebates, a site that gives you coupons, deals, and cashback on a big range of sites, from Air France to Zales. You can search for specific products, and it will give you coupons that can be used for them and several listings of the product in different stores with the best price. If you want to earn cashback on a certain site, all you have to do is click on that site’s link through the Ebates page, and you’ll start earning money back! Ebates sends the money earned from cashback every three months in the form of either a check, Paypal, or a donation to a charity, organization, or family member. It’s your choice how to get it!
Ebates is also available as a Chrome browser extension that can automatically apply coupons and activate cashback on available sites.
If you’re ever saving up for something online, make the wait shorter by using some of these hacks! These tools are simple assets in your digital wallet that will save you time, money, and that flash of pain you get when you miss a sale after you made the purchase.