We love power tools but who loves paying full price? Not me!
That’s why one of my hobbies is finding ways to pay as little as possible for tools (without, you know, doing something sketchy like walking out of Lowes with a reciprocating saw stuffed down my pants!).
And I figured, why not share my price saving tips with other power tool fans 🙂
Keep reading to discover how you can save on tools.
(Source: 401k calculator)
Camel camel… what?
I know – the name sounds stupid but bear with me…
CamelCamelCamel is a website that tells you if the price on Amazon for a tool is a good deal or not.
Go to the Amazon page showing the tool that you’re interested in and copy the URL.
Then paste it into the box at the top of the CamelCamelCamel homepage and hit Enter.
CamelCamelCamel (CCC) then shows you a page with a bunch of info about the tool you’re interested in buying.
Scroll down and you’ll see a chart showing the average daily price of the tool.
Below is an example for the Black and Decker BDCR20B reciprocating saw.
As you can see the current price is pretty good 🙂
In fact, it’s almost half of what it was when CCC first started tracking the saw.
So now what?
Well you could buy the saw now or…. You might want to wait and see if you can get a better deal.
If that’s you, CCC has you covered.
Scroll back up the page and you’ll see the price alert section.
You can use this to tell CCC to send you an email when the price drops to a certain amount.
In this case, I told CCC to alert me when the BDCR20B’s price is $35.00 but you can enter any amount you want.
So just enter the price you want to pay for the tool and your email address. Thit hit the Start Tracking button.
If you created an alert successfully, CCC will send you an email confirmation and that’s it!
When the price of the tool hits the desired price, CCC will send you an email and it’s time to buy your tool 🙂
Not satisfied with waiting for an email? Keep reading to see how you can hunt down the best price available right now.
A lot of people don’t know that Google has a whole section dedicated to shopping. And that you can use this section to find the lowest price currently available for a tool.
Just search for your tool on Google, then click the Shopping link.
Google then shows you a list of websites that are selling the tool.
Look over on the right-hand side and you’ll see a field that let’s you sort the list.
Click on it and then select Price – low to high.
Google will then sort the list to show the lowest prices first.
How easy was that 🙂
If using CCC and Google Shopping to find a good price doesn’t appeal to you, there’s a few Amazon tricks that you can use.
Now, none of these are guaranteed to work but they don’t cost anything so maybe they’re worth a shot.
Some people have found that a few days or weeks after adding a product to their wishlist, Amazon drops the price of the item and sends them an alert.
This tip is basically the same as the wishlist tip.
But instead of adding the product to your wishlist, you add it to your cart but you don’t buy it.
The you check your cart one or two times a day for a few days and if you’re luck – the price will go down.
Got any tips
Do you know any tips that I didn’t mention?
Send them in and I’ll add them to the list 🙂