You can find out when Argos, Amazon and Asos drop prices with a nifty new tool called Alertr

You can find out when Argos, Amazon and Asos drop prices with a nifty new tool called Alertr

A NEW online tool promises to save you cash at retailers including Amazon, Argos and Asos by sending you an email when they’ve slashed the price of your favourite products.
Alertr lets shoppers track the price of items at over 250 retailers such as John Lewis and Boots.
2 Alertr will send you an email when the price of an item you’re tracking dropsCredit: Alertr
It aims to stop shoppers missing out on the best deals at retailers, which can cut prices at any time.
The team behind the tool reckons it will be useful in the build up to big discount days, such as Black Friday or Boxing Day sales, when the deals are often not as good as they may seem.
It’s free to use tool because the site takes a cut from the retailer if you end up buying the product by clicking through the link in the email.
But even if the retailer isn’t listed as an “affiliate” – meaning they make money from the sale – on the site, customers will still be able to track its price.
2 The Sun set up a dashboard to track the price of a handful of itemsCredit: Alertr
To set up an alert, all you have to do is copy and paste the URL of the product you want to monitor into the Alertr website and enter your email address to create a profile.
It will then start tracking the price and will alert you to when it changes.
After you’ve created a profile, it will then create a personal dashboard that shows you all of the items you’re tracking.
You can also set a target price, meaning you won’t receive any emails unless the cost drops that point.
We gave it a go and found that it’s easy to set up and you don’t have to provide any personal details such as your address.
It’s also simple to get rid any items you no longer want to track by clicking the “bin” icon next to the product.
But while tracking begins on some products straight away, for others it can take up to 48 hours for it to kick in.
Like similar site LoveTheSales, you can monitor the price of as many products as you like from multiple retailers at the same time.
How to find the cheapest dealsFOLLOW our tips and tricks to cut the costs of your shopping:

Find the cheapest online prices: Google Shopping is a good tool for finding the cheapest price – it searches a wide range of retailers of various sizes
Abandon online shopping baskets: Don’t go straight to check-out after putting the items in your basket – it may tease retailers into giving you discount codes
Ask a site to negotiate a fee for you: If you’re struggling to find a deal, Flubit is a free site that aims to negotiate discounts for you
Sign up to retailers’ newsletters for big discounts: It sometimes means a percentage discount code, or a straight discount off your first shop
Check when stores discount groceries: Check with your local store when they discount food items that are about to expire – this is the perfect time to nab bargains

But unlike its competitor, you’re not limited to just tracking items that are listed on the Alertr site itself as you can compare prices across any website.
The downside is that Alertr only monitors the price of an item sold at one specific retailer, so while that shop might have slashed costs, another retailer may be selling the same item for less.
Of course, to get around this you could set up alerts for the same product at different retailers.
If you’re looking for the lowest price, you’d be better off using sites such as PriceSpy that check multiple retailers for the one product, although it won’t alert you to when the price has been slashed.
“It’s no secret that retailers are massively overpricing their products as they struggle to hit sales targets and profit margins, and as a result, consumers are paying extortionate prices for items,” said Andy Barr, co-founder of the site.
“We are excited to launch Alertr to the public and help people save more of their hard earned cash.”
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You can avoid getting sucked in to bum deals by checking sites such as PriceHistory and CamelCamelCamel, which will tell you if the current price is the cheapest the product has ever been.
Fakespot is another site worth checking out because it cleverly looks at online reviews and makes sure the reviews are genuine, helping buyers make sure they can trust the reviews they see.
MoneySavingExpert has also created a tool that helps you find discounts of up to 75 per cent off on Amazon.
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