Old 20th April 2008, 20:59   #1
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camelcamelcamel - Amazon product tracking

Since I ended up getting a fair amount of useful (nudge) feedback from my thread for Shup (my multi-uploader tool) I thought I'd share my new project! I've been alpha testing it with a few friends and it seems to be working pretty well, so it feels like time to expand the group a little bit. So, keeping in mind that it's an alpha test and that it has little-to-no design (mmmm programmer art)....

camelcamelcamel is a tool that allows you to track the pricing and availability of products on Amazon.com. You tell it what product you want and at what price you want it, and it alerts you (via email, rss) when those conditions are true.

What separates it from other tracking sites (as far as I can tell; I haven't done much research since I would have coded it regardless.) is the stock portfolio-esque tracking list and the pricing history that we accumulate for every product. It's incredibly useful to be able to see the last 5 price points for the product you want to buy, as well as the average/high/low points. I've already purchased two items on my tracking list, so it does seem fairly useful.

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An example of a product page with a good price history.
The portfolio-style tracked products list.

Try it at http://camelcamelcamel.com ! You don't even have to register, if you don't mind keeping track of all your products yourself. Please share any ideas/questions/comments you may have. And try to remember that it's an alpha test, so be gentle =)

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Old 21st April 2008, 07:29   #2
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I updated the product page today

http://stashbox.org/105475/newgraphs.png

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Old 22nd April 2008, 16:52   #6
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Well I can't promise that you'll never get the clap, but I can promise that my site won't be what gives it to you

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Old 23rd April 2008, 04:47   #7
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Old 23rd April 2008, 05:31   #8
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Old 25th April 2008, 16:54   #9
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Did some things today:

* updated the homepage
* tracked products page with latest two alerts
* all current alerts page
* search page that is aware of what you're already tracking

I think that's it...along with some bug fixes and things.

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Today I added a third option to the product tracking dropdown: Add to cart and go to Amazon.com. This option does just what it says; it creates a shopping cart filled with the selected products and then sends you to Amazon.com to checkout.

Pretty neat how you can just hand the cart off and Amazon does all the work =)

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Old 27th April 2008, 00:39   #11
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Old 27th April 2008, 04:33   #12
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SPAM!!! SPAM!!! SPAM!!!

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looks pretty useful - I'll give it a whirl

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Old 27th April 2008, 05:06   #13
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SPAM!!! SPAM!!! SPAM!!!

j/k

looks pretty useful - I'll give it a whirl
definitely definitely definitely! (at least in a try-my-project kinda way)

but thank you for still trying it =0

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tonight's update

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The prices of Amazon Unbox, Digital Downloads, and the like should now be fixed. Same goes for items with Variations, such as clothing. I added links to the Greasemonkey script in a few places.
woot!

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Old 30th April 2008, 19:13   #15
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incomiiiiiiiiing http://stashbox.org/109810/too-gay.png

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to highlight the locale buttons in the bottom left cornah

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Old 1st May 2008, 06:45   #18
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locale support is online! please let me know if you have any trouble with it

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I redesigned the product listing page tonight, check it out: http://stashbox.org/111269/new-tracking-page.png

now you have a list of artists, locales, etc on the right hand side and you can drill down to easily find products

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Just signed up --- looks like this could be a very useful to those of us who really prefer shopping online. At this point I should own part of Amazon.
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history graphs now show your desired price as a blue line! http://i.camelcamelcamel.com/images/scrn-graph.png

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Lots of recent updates:
* servers upgraded
* "remember me" option when logging in
* locale fixes (oh yes)

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check out the awesome changes to the products tracked listing: http://stashbox.org/115821/tracking-list.png

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and we're out of alpha! thanks for testing everyone

(keep it up!)

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Old 27th May 2008, 08:11   #25
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made some bugfixes tonight:

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I fixed a bug in the price graph code regarding the blue-line-of-desired-pricing; it should scale correctly now, except for the one edge case which I'll save for later. The menu at the top was also tweaked, please let me know if it is better or worse than it was. I also fixed an IE only bug in the product page.

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A solid update today:

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The Cosmic CTO and I redesigned the product page today, including the addition of a button that takes you to the Amazon product forums. And the Greasemonkey script now supports all locales!

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Updated: product pages now have inline camel creation and editing for javascript-enabled browsers.
Updated: camel pages are now simplified to include only the price information which you are tracking.
Updated: price history graphs have more y-axis (price) labels and a background grid to help you more quickly match points to dates and prices!
Fixed: rounding error in the creation of camels, resulting in the desired price being one cent below the input price.
Fixed: the product updating robot is now much more fault tolerant.
Fixed: bug in per-product tracking statistics.
Nice update today.

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Old 18th June 2008, 14:18   #28
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Hi liquid,

I just found this post while searching for your site and just wanted to say how utterly pleased I am with it so far. I've been looking for something similar for a LONG time (i used Priceprotectr before this) but CCC easily takes the seat of "king" for Amazon price watching.

Please, please continue to improve it. As of 6:17 AM PST 6/18/08, the site seems to be done (not responding to ICMPs), but I'm sure it'll be back up soon.

Thanks again!
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Thank you for the kind words, STiSev! And from such an old school member

I had no idea the site was unavailable this morning! Time to setup an automated pinger with alerts, I spose.

Feel free to send any feature requests my way.

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Wow, great! Thanks
I will definitely be sending you suggestions, but overall the site looks really good. The best so far!

The biggest problem right now is being able to the access the site. Roughly 70% downtime IMO. Ping and trace look ok?

PING
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Host informations for "camelcamelcamel.com":
Host name: tor03.unwiredltd.com
IP address: 208.64.186.92

Sending 5 ping(s) with 32 byte to "208.64.186.92", timeout is 2000 ms:

1. reply from 208.64.186.92: 26 ms, Ok.
2. reply from 208.64.186.92: 21 ms, Ok.
3. reply from 208.64.186.92: 18 ms, Ok.
4. reply from 208.64.186.92: 17 ms, Ok.
5. reply from 208.64.186.92: 17 ms, Ok.

5 Ping(s) sended (5 correct, 0 failed, 0 timed out).

TRACE
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Host informations für "camelcamelcamel.com":
Host name: tor03.unwiredltd.com
IP address: 208.64.186.92

Trace route to "208.64.186.92" over a maximum of 30 hops:

1. hop: 192.168.1.1 (unknown): 0 ms
2. hop: 10.21.32.1: 7 ms
3. hop: 76.14.0.3: 8 ms
4. hop: 206.169.179.1: 8 ms
5. hop: 206.80.24.126 (Ge3-0-Cr01-365m-SFO.unwiredltd.net): 7 ms
6. hop: 206.80.24.126 (Ge3-0-Cr01-365m-SFO.unwiredltd.net): 8 ms
7. hop: 204.11.106.42 (Ge5-1-Cr02-365m-SFO.unwiredltd.net): 10 ms
8. hop: 204.11.106.74 (Pc3-Cr01-JLS-OAK.unwiredltd.net): 9 ms
9. hop: 204.11.106.82 (Ge2-0-Cr01-Grizzly-OAK.unwiredltd.net): 12 ms
10. hop: 208.64.186.92 (tor03.unwiredltd.com): 17 ms

Trace done.
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I also wanted to make a bug report.

With Opera 9.27,9.5 and even 9.51 your product tracking button doesn't work.

When I enter the alert price (or less...) and click " Track This Price!" nothing happens.

In Firefox or IE7 it works fine. Since I (and many other enthusiasts) use Opera as their main browser, could you investigate this problem with Opera?

Thanks!
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Another bug:

In IE7/FF3 (latest builds)
Now showing page 1 of 1 (6 products)

In Opera 9.51(latest):
Now showing page 1 of 1 (1 products)


Opera shows 1 product being tracked, while FF/IE show 6.

I refreshed the screen, logged in and out, and everything!
Very strange.
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Old 24th June 2008, 10:28   #33
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Hi liquidmotion,

I also have a suggestion for an addition to your site. Any possibility of making a "priceprotectr"-style (http://www.priceprotectr.com/) Price protecting for 30 days notifications form? Don't get me wrong. I like the way you have it now, but all of this would be strict additions to what you have now.

basically, same concept as http://www.priceprotectr.com/.
1) What item
2) When did you buy it?
3) How much did you buy it for?
4) Price 'protecting' for 30 days.



AND, you could even have a button on your existing site to 'convert' to 'PRICE PROTECTING' status. Which means, if I have a 61" LCD on my standard price check, then buy it on Jan 1, I want to know if it drops in price by Feb 1.

Am I making any sense?
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Hi STISev:

I don't know about the downtime, other than yesterday when we had a little bit. I haven't experienced it otherwise, but I guess it's time to move it to a slightly less ghetto server room

The number of items tracked problem is probably due to your active filters not following your user account, but rather your session. Each browser would get its own session, so make sure you have the same filters active (on the right side of the Tracked Products page).

I will investigate the Track Product button bug in Opera, I definitely am not purposely ignoring you guys!

That is a good idea! And it fits right in with the camel style. I had planned on adding the "mark as purchased" button already but a form specifically for that would be nice. Although, you can already just go in and track the product at the purchase price, the site just doesn't expire it in 30 days.

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The number of items tracked problem is probably due to your active filters not following your user account, but rather your session. Each browser would get its own session, so make sure you have the same filters active (on the right side of the Tracked Products page).
liquid,
Ignore the product tracking opera vs ie problem. Thas my bad




RE: Opera tracking bug
Opera's latest build (10080) has fixed the bug. No idea what the problem was, but I'm glad it's fixed.


The 30 day check suggestion stands. Maybe on the tracking page itself, you can put a button that says "purchased this item" that when clicked, shows also "when did you buy?" and "how much". then the color of the entire field and grid of the item changes to a different color to signify 30 day price protection status
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That is my plan, just give me some time to implement it! I'm working on some other enhancements to the site but will definitely get around to it

Plus the whole day job thing...

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STISev I know this isn't the update you wanted but it's a useful one:

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A quick update while I work on caching: every product now has price history RSS feeds for each price type! Now you don't have to track products if you prefer to just watch your newsreader.

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I fixed a bug involving example prices being set to -0.01. A features page was added, containing fairly detailed descriptions of the main features of the site. It's worth checking out, you might find out something very interesting. A caching bug was fixed regarding camel pages and rss feeds.
I'm working on some other bugs, as well as making screenshots for the features page, but wanted to get this up in the meantime.

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Another update this weekend

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Blue lines on price charts show up properly. Camel create/edit forms now show no price rather than 0.01 when the current price is N/A. The first price tab with data is shown by default instead of the Amazon Price.

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