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Updated: 2007-12-16T19:14:31Z

 



BooksPrice RSS Price Watcher Creates a New Variation on Comparison Shopping for MediaBooksPrice RSS Price Watcher Creates a New Variation on Comparison Shopping for Media

2007-03-03T15:33:43Z

Back in January, I was contacted by Lucy Orbach, the co-founder of an online business called BooksPrice.com, regarding a new service they had created and a press release that they had sent out about it. The idea is actually pretty... Back in January, I was contacted by Lucy Orbach, the co-founder of an online business called BooksPrice.com, regarding a new service they had created and a press release that they had sent out about it. The idea is actually pretty innovative, in that I haven't heard of similar products from others, and it makes sense for the online competitive shopping services that BooksPrice.com offers. In short, BooksPrice.com is a site that compares the price of a book across various online stores. While plenty of services are competing in this space, BooksPrice seeks to set itself apart by offering the chance to compare the price of not just a particular book but a bundled "cart" of media. In her e-mail to me, Orbach wrote, "BooksPrice.com is a self financed start-up that offers a twist on the standard price comparison services. While other price comparisons used to compare a single price at a time, BooksPrice offered a way to compare the complete content of a card (including books, dvds, cds, and video games)." The site launched in April 2005 and is based in New York City. Orbach wrote me about the company in January, touting 75,000 monthly users. I'm not sure if that number has fluctuated by now, but I am interested in the product that launched in January--an "RSS Price Watcher." Of course, it's a logical extension, but the idea of having an RSS feed that follows the price of a package one is interested in buying on multiple sites makes sense when one is trying to catch the best deal on their "wish list" while waiting for the funds to buy. I'm sure many of us have had some TV show on DVD we wanted to buy but just couldn't afford it at the price listed--an RSS update on the price would be a lot easier than repeated trips to Amazon. The press release touts, "The new approach introduced by BooksPrice.com turns RSS feeds into an excellent tool for shoppers, keeping them posted about price drops while freeing them form the need to constantly monitor the seller sites." The press release also points out that this avoids having to create profiles or register to get updates from individual sites in e-mail form on price changes. The RSS feed can also "be customized by several parameters including filtering used books, adding shipping costs to any global destination and selecting a different price currency, so that users will truly be able to find the product they need at the right price." The reaction to the services seems promising. On Thursday, Ashish SInha at PluGGd,in wrote a review emphasizing the way in which BooksPrice is "not just limited to particular geographies." However, the book he was using BooksPrice for appeared to be cheaper through another site, uGenie. myTriggers is another comparison shop search service, and there is also [...]



Comment from Jim on 2007-04-08

Try this one: http://www.books99.com
Very simple, with a google style design, it searches all major online bookstores in seconds; plus all prices are provided in real time.