Author : David Murphy
Jun 22, 2018
Chrome: The PriceWaiter extension—a name-your-own price system that almost sounds too good to be true at first—is only available for Chrome right now. (Sorry, Firefox users.) And when you install the extension, you'll probably notice... absolutely nothing, at least at first.
If you're lucky—and it took me a while to find an eligible product on an eligible site—you'll get a big, pink bar pop up at the top of your browser. If so, crack your knuckles, because it's time to start shopping (and undercutting).
The point of PriceWaiter is to name the most you'd be willing to pay for a particular item. Presumably, that's a lot lower of a figure than what you're seeing on the site you're shopping. Type in your lowball amount, click “Make an Offer,” and you'll be asked to enter a little more information: your email, your zip code for shipping, and any other key details that a third-party retailer would need to know in order to get you the exact item you want.
Click“Submit offer,”and PriceWaiter will scour the service's network to see if any merchants are willing to meet you at that price. According to CNET's shopping, it seems you can be fairly unreasonable and still find success:
▌For example, I found a pair of RayBan Wayfarer sunglasses on Amazon. Price: $143. Well, there's no way I'm paying that much for a pair of sunglasses, so I made a super lowball offer via PriceWaiter: $50.
The next day, a vendor called Gaffos responded with its counter-offer: $85, a savings of 40 percent. Then I checked the Gaffos website, assuming that was just its everyday price. Nope! I'd normally have paid $143 there as well.
You're under no obligation to actually complete the purchase for any merchant that makes you an offer. And you should also know that the merchant willing to accept your price—or hopefully willing to meet you halfway, might not be the site you were originally shopping. So don't count on getting Amazon shopping protections, for example, if you use PriceWaiter to try and undercut one of its product listings while you're viewing it.
While I found PriceWaiter's selection of eligible items to be a little lacking, the extension itself is unobtrusive enough that it's worth keeping around in your browser's background—at least for a few weeks—while you do your shopping. With luck, you'll save some money. If not, you probably won't even remember that PriceWaiter is there until the next time you prune your Chrome extensions.
via David Murphy