How To Do Comparison Shopping With PricePirates


Comparison Shopping

We all do it. At least, we all should do it. Perhaps it would have been a better idea to get this post out before the holidays, but one never actually stops shopping, does one.

When I shop online at various geeky places the likes of NewEgg, TigerDirect, etc., it’s becomes a real pain to hunt around for the best price-to-quality ratio. Enter stage-right, PricePirates.

Trivia: Why Stage-Right? It has been demonstrated by various [probably too expensive] studies by various [questionable] experts that human attention seems to drift to the left. This should be accepted with an extremely large dose of salt (or something stronger). I recently read that ants tend to turn left, also. Go figure… maybe they have a marked propensity towards right-multi-footed-ness which would logically drive them in the left-mosted-ness direction.

 

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PricePirates is a nice utilitarian program that will help to immensely cut back on your comparison shopping burdens.

Here’s what PricePirates has to say:

In just one click, “Pricepirates” allows you to compare prices from auctions in progress on eBay with Amazon Marketplace offers and with many other offers from thousands of online stores.
Pricepirates is 100% freeware!

No ads, no popups, no spyware! We follow a strict privacy policy. We do not collect any information from your computer, nor do we watch and collect information about personal surfing.

Installation

Installing PricePirates is a breeze. They offer three options right up front:

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I haven’t tried the portable version yet, but judging from what the full installation has to offer, it might be a good choice if you’d like to carry it around on your key ring.


Main Screen

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The Main PricePirates screen has lots of choices.

  • Favorites
  • Watch Lists
  • Shopping Lists
  • Statistics
  • Bargains

These are all little databases that the program will set up and maintain for you. The settings are obvious and easy to understand once you dig into them. There is no need for me to delve down deep with detailed explanations– you’ll “get it” right off.

By setting any of these options up you will be able to search for the same items with the same settings without having to re-type everything again. A couple of mouse clicks and you’re on your way. It will even notify you of impending eBay auction endings so you can get your bid in before it’s too late.

Incidentally, the above image shows a search I did for a power supply I’m interested in. By clicking the various tabs it is easy to see where the best prices are. You can also sort by any of the specifications by clicking the column header. I clicked on the Total header to sort them by price.

I don’t know about you, but the price is kinda important, don’t ya think? At least, that’s where I begin to get a message.


What Do I Like About This Program?

  • It’s fast
  • It saves me tons of time by not having to do boring searches
  • It’s flexible
  • It “remembers” what I like
  • It offers a portable “installation”
  • It’s FREE

If you are interested in giving it a go, then head to the Pricepirate’s Home Page.

I think it’s worth a look see– let me know what you think,

Richard

About the Author

Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.

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