PostPoints tip: Track price changes before you buy
Interested in some new gadget at some point, but want to wait until its price drops? Some of the sites that help you find today's low price can also track price trends for you. For example, after searching for a product at PriceGrabber, you can (after registering on the site) request an e-mail alert when its price drops to a designated level. NexTag, however, does this one better; its product listings include a "Price History" graph showing what stores have charged for the item over time. A click on that brings up a more detailed version recording maximum, minimum and median prices that you can bookmark for future reference. Yet another price-tracking option comes courtesy of Amazon: Look up something on that site, add it to your card, then click the "Edit your cart" button and click "Save for later." From then on, every time you visit Amazon and click on the cart icon at the top right of its home page, you'll see a notice--in a bright yellow box--notifying you if that item's price has increased or (more likely) decreased.
September 22, 2009; 9:43 AM ET
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