Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the biggest shopping days of the year, a relentless, deals-packed week when you can often find the best prices on tech products like laptops, 4K TVs, phones, video games, and more. And of course, these good deals are all accessible online. Some of them may, in fact, be online exclusives, though many should be available in-store, too.
You can always count on us to publish the best deals that you need to know about, but if you want to be among the first people to discover price drops on products you’re interested in, you’ll want to get set up with a price-tracking tool. We’ve included a few of our favorite examples below, pointing out how each can help you track deals in slightly different ways, each with its own special features.
All of them are free to use, and once you’ve added products that you’re interested in keeping an eye on, you can rest easy knowing that you don’t need to take any extra action until it comes time to make a purchase.
CamelCamelCamel tracks the price of every product sold on Amazon and can send you alerts when they fall as low as you’d like. Once a product reaches a desired price you’ve set or lower, you’ll get an email about it. This price tracker works only for products on Amazon, so you’ll need to use one of the trackers featured below if you want to track price fluctuations on Walmart, Best Buy, and other retail sites.
To track prices and get alerts via email, you’ll need to create a free CamelCamelCamel account. Also, we suggest installing the site’s browser extension that works with Google Chrome, Opera, and Microsoft Edge, called The Camelizer, which lets you see pricing trends on a product-by-product basis and allows you to set your desired price without navigating away from Amazon. It’s fantastic, easy to use, and works in the following countries: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and Australia.
As soon as a product falls below the amount set on your price alert, you’ll instantly get an email. And if you already have a wishlist saved on Amazon, you can easily import it into CamelCamelCamel.
Like CamelCamelCamel, the Honey browser extension can track the prices of items that you’re interested in, and it will alert you when it finds a deal. However, unlike the price-tracking site above, Honey will also scour each site you visit for offer codes that can be applied to your checkout total to save you even more money. Look for the orange Honey icon that will appear on the right side of your browser window when you land on a product page (you can move its location as you see fit, but that’s where it appears by default). Click that icon to find out historical pricing info, as well as a guess at your chances of getting additional savings with a coupon code.
Honey works with Amazon and many other retailers, and you can add items to your “Droplist,” which is a wishlist-meets-price watch list. The convenient Honey add-on also offers a “Smart Droplist” feature, which automatically adds frequently viewed items to your Droplist.
Slickdeals aggregates some of the best deals around the internet, as discovered by its team and community of users. Its site also allows you to create deal alerts based on keywords, but they work a little differently on Slickdeals than they do with the above sites.
You can type in a product name, like “Nintendo Switch OLED” or a retailer’s name, and once it’s added to your list, you’ll be notified of a deal alert if it meets your criteria. You can set it to alert you to literally any deal relating to your keyword, or you can filter out deals so that you’ll be notified if, for example, the deal is popular enough to make it to Slickdeals’ front page or if it earned a high rating from the community.
As you might have guessed with the name, PC Part Picker helps you pick PC components that are compatible with each other and which are not, making the already daunting task of piecing together a DIY PC setup a little easier.
That by itself makes it a crucial tool for both veterans and people who are new to building PCs, but it’s also an excellent price tracker, showing you a detailed graph that illustrates the current and prior movement in price for a particular component. It lets you build the PC of your dreams, and it can alert you via email to price drops for each component from big retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, B&H Photo, and more. That way, you can, say, choose to wait to buy everything until that processor or graphics card comes down to a lower price you know it’s hit before.
For a more hands-off approach to seeing if you’re getting a good deal, just use the Microsoft Edge browser. For the past year, the browser has been able to tell you when you’re looking at the best price for a particular product from a range of retailers. If you are, it will tell you. If not, it will helpfully direct you to a retailer where you can get a better deal. It’s a simple as that. Microsoft Edge is available on Windows PC and macOS.
Trust the experts
We’re a discerning bunch here at The Verge, so don’t fret if you’re going into Black Friday / Cyber Monday without any prep. We’ll be corralling the best deals on tech and keeping our coverage up to date with new sale items while eliminating old ones to avoid any disappointment. While we usually suggest paying attention to deals starting on November 26th, the truth is that several retailers are jumping the gun and offering some great prices already. So, bookmark our coverage, follow the tips above, and start putting aside a little spending cash for the busy Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events.
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