questionshave you noticed the wildly fluctuating prices on…

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Yeah I love it... I was shopping for a camera and in the 30 minutes or so that I was looking on amazon the price dropped 20 dollars. I bought it right then and no more that 10 minutes later the price went back up. I like to think that it was a special price break for me :)

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Yes, and it makes it difficult when you post a deal at one price, then it changes. People down vote or complain in comments that the price is wrong.

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It made me look bad, I quoted a price for something and told them I was going to order something for me, so we could get free shipping. The price jumped %23 before I ordered.

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Sure did have it happen! Had a coffeepot in my cart but didn't check out right away, was doing some comparison shopping, went back a couple hours later and it had went from 69.99 to 99.99! Wasen't such a good deal anymore! LOL!

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i recommend using camelcamelcamel.com to help you decide if you should jump on a deal right away. CCC keeps track of all the pricing from Amazon so you can tell if the item has hit a low or not.

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@smtatertot13: Very cool find I haven't seen that site before, thanks.

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It's a great feature. I add stuff to my cart, instead of my wishlist for just this purpose. Often, I'll purchase items that I'm interested in, but don't really need, because I see that the price has dropped drastically. I love it!! Amazon is my go to site for reviews, price comparisons, user manuals, just about everything!!

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@smtatertot13: Nice site! Thanks for sharing, this also helps with my Woot posts :-)

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I wonder if Amazon has an algorithim that reduces the price to persuade you to buy?

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@smtatertot13: Useful! Thank you!

I have noticed this, though. I've been keeping an eye on the new Star Wars Blu Ray collection as a birthday gift for my dad, and over three days the price went from 99.99 to 72.99 to 84.99. I'm betting if I checked now, the price would be different still.

I did notice the latter was through a third party, but fulfilled through amazon, so that could be part of it. I was on the market for a fuzz pedal for my guitar for a long time, and I could check 5 times in one day and see a different price (and seller) each time. I know a lot of things (in certain categories) aren't always carried by amazon. These third parties tend to only have a few on hand, so that could explain the fluctuation.

Most of the time, you wont even notice the third party aspect, because its very often fulfilled by amazon, so you can get your Prime shipping or what not

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Great info, thanks everyone!

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@scottie1: I heard a report on NPR a few months ago about airlines using algorithims to adjust their prices minute-by-minute and customer-by-customer, and that other companies are starting to use them. I think I recall them mentioning Amazon as one of those.

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I've also noticed this a lot on amazon, as well as sellers/products who seem to pop up or drop off without much warning which makes me uneasy when buying bigger ticket items but I see it a lot while shopping for supplements and protein powders too.

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@smtatertot13: Awesome! I didn't know this site existed. Thanks!

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Isn't this because Amazon sells from multiple vendors and whichever one drops their price lowest are the ones that get sold first?

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Amazon uses a proprietary algorithm to dynamically adjust pricing based on supply and demand.
So yes, their prices fluctuate frequently for items that have high variations in supply and/or demand.

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YES, I've noticed! When I post Amazon deals I sometimes state that you should grab it now if you want it, 'cause Amazon will probably raise the price. Also make multiple comments on the constant ups & downs. Prices often go up - when the demand is greater. Then down; up again, etc. Never know if I should expire the deal & start over...or not. Frustrating to say the least.

BTW: You can put items on your Wish List & Amazon notes decreases & increases of prices. No need to place them in the cart. Just check you lists periodically.

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@smtatertot13: I'm always surprised when I find places like that, that I've never seen before. Okay...well not "surprised," just.. you know, um intrigued :)

We should compile a list of useful sites/shopping info websites.

(and yeah I've noticed, I leave a lot of crap in my cart, so I get huge lists of "x has changed blablah")

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Anyone tried the Camelizer add-on for Firefox? I'll try again later, but I can't get it to download.

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@wootfast. Nothing too exciting that's why it was so funny. One was a shower curtain, one was a pepper grinder and one was a Nordicware pancake pan. The pan jumped from $15 to$32.. I decided against it. The shower curtain drops $5 for a few hours every night then goes right back up. It's hilarious.

and I'm defintely checking out that camelcamelcamel site. Souds like just what I need