PriceProtectr.com is Fudging the Numbers


price_protectr_logoPriceProtectr.com sends out emails to alert you when the price of a product you are watching drops.

I’ve been testing this out for a while now and, at first, they seemed pretty handy. It was a decent way to keep an eye out for something I needed and get a good deal on it to boot. But for the past few days something has been pretty screwy with the numbers they’ve been sending.

In case you’re not familiar with Price Protectr, you can enter an item you’re interested in buying on Amazon and they will automatically track it and send you an email if the price drops. Another option you have is to get a daily email of price drops of the day featuring the biggest price drop of that particular day.

I don’t always pay attention to the emails so I’m not sure when it started, but I noticed it early last week when they featured a price drop on a 52″ Samsung LCD 1080p from Frys.com for $699.

Of course PriceProtecr.com was down the entire day, presumably from people trying to get in on that ridiculous deal, and of course that deal was nowhere to be found on Frys.com.

Since then, the deals have been getting stranger and stranger. For example, here are the last two biggest price drops of the day that I’ve received.

1/23 – $9,279.01 off Sony DCR-DVD710 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom, now just $10,515.37 from Amazon.
1/24 – $10,215.42 off Sony DCR-DVD710 1MP DVD Handycam Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom, now just $299.95 from Amazon.

So, the exact same item, in one 24-hour time period, went from $19,794.38 to $10,515.37 to $10,215.42 to $299.95. I realize that there’s obviously a bot that checks these prices, but at some point doesn’t someone actually check the numbers occasionally? Or shouldn’t there be a red flag of some sort if an item drops from $20,000 to $300 in a days time?

And it’s not just the biggest drops of the day, check out the rest of the prices on today’s email.

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Hurry! If you act now, you can save almost $6,000 on forearm forklift lifting straps.

I’m not sure if the issue is with Price Protectr or the places they’re tracking but at this point the services has become pretty useless and is basically just spam in my inbox. Time to opt out I guess.

Does anyone else use Price Protectr and noticed similar weirdness?

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