Thursday, February 3, 2011

Camel camel camel

Amazon price history? I give you camelcamelcamel.

I'm sure there are many such sites, but nothing quite captures the rise-and-fall of prices like the voluptuous humps of three camels in a line. You can search for anything on this site, just like on Amazon itself, and it will display a graph of the price trends in the last year or so (including the third party new and used markets, if you like).

Besides it just being interesting, I have used this site as an aid in my actual shopping -- the price history gives a pretty good sense of an item's future price distribution, so I know whether it's worth waiting a bit. Some things repeatedly drop below a particular threshold for a short period of time; if you ask nicely, the friendly camels will even tip you off when that happens. Generally speaking, camels are pretty tippy rides, but sand makes for a soft landing.

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