Two Tools for Amazon Bargain Hunters

Love it or hate it, Amazon is a major force for sales of almost everything. I am a book lover and end up purchasing a variety of titles from Amazon, and wanted to share two tools for those who can wait for a low price. If you need it right away I’d suggest getting a preorder in as soon as the book is listed, as Amazon will charge you the lowest preorder price once the book ships.

These sites work with a variety of Amazon country sites, but I’ve only used with Amazon U.S. and Canada. They also work with all of Amazon’s categories, but here I’m focusing on comic books.

Camelcamelcamel Example

First up is Camel Camel Camel, one of many web sites that track the price of Amazon items. The key features are the price graph, the lowest price and the tracking. The graph is nice to look at and see how low the item has gone and how Amazon has played with the pricing. From that information you can sign up for an email or Twitter alert when the item reaches the price you want to pay.

Jungle Search Example

Next is Jungle Search, which allows you to search Amazon by keyword, brand name or category for discount levels. Here I’ve selected Comics & Graphic Novels with a minimum 50% off discount. This is great to check periodically for items with high discounts; for books it seems to be low volume sales with limited stock left that Amazon just wants to clear out. I do find books will get a 50% or higher discount for a week or so and then shoot back up.

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Scott VanderPloeg
Scott works in I.T. but lives to eat and read. His other ramblings can be found at AE Index and eBabble. Art collection at Comic Art Fans.
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4 Comments

  1. The article is about saving money on books that you don’t mind waiting for, as I state in the opening paragraph. If I can pay a lower price I will. I have a list of books that I didn’t buy when first published but have kept an eye out for as a bargain purchase.

  2. I think it might be time for Wayne to consult an entomologist about that bug up his ass.

  3. Considering that the free world is obsessed over money.., seems like a moot question. Sure, it’s not the only thing in life but people kill, cheat and lie for it. We spend our best years working for it. It seems odd that it’s considered bad taste to openly want it.

    How many times can someone read the same comic book? Again a moot question. Seal it up in plastic and assign a grade to it. Owning a 9.8 simply means that it’s worth more than a 9.6.

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