Price monitor is a tool that helps people to keep tracking the price of different products or stocks on the internet. It plays a more and more important role in E-commerce industry for manufacturers, E-store owners and customers to compare prices of different stores or products as it is fast to monitor lots of pages at the same time and easy to use.
There are mainly four forms of products for users to build their own price monitors: price monitor platform, price tracker for a certain web, price monitor extension and web scraper.
Price Monitor Platform
Price Monitor Platform such as PriceZag, is a professional web-based software specially used for monitoring prices on most of websites. It visits websites in a real browser, interpreting pages as human and evaluating the location of the price and other parameters like stocks with its algorithms. It generates real-time statistics and graphs in report for users to make comparison and send alert to email or phone when certain change users configured before is triggered. Everyone will be impressed by its real-time monitoring and advanced statistic analysis.
You may have seen many Amazon price trackers like Keepa on the Internet. Amazon price tracker is specially designed for monitoring product price on Amazon and is really popular among Amazon sellers. It offers Comprehensive price history graph and price drop and availability alerts. Some trackers even have browser extensions to display price history graph directly on each Amazon product page. Not only for dealing with price change, some trackers can even keep an eye on keywords and conversion rate to help Amazon stores increase rankings. But the limitation only of such price tracker is obvious: it can only apply to Amazon. If you want track other webs, you need find another, like ebay tracker.
Price Monitor Extension
Installed into browsers, price monitor extension is a program in order to let users tracking the price with their browsers. Famous browsers like google always have many different extensions, which is very easy to handle, to realize price monitoring but extensions, of course, is outshone when comparing with price monitor software for it cannot intelligently turn the numbers they get from websites into elegant graphs.
Web scraper is not born for price monitor but for any data on the Internet including price. Price monitor can be also easily dealt with web scrapers, such as Octoparse, by scheduling them to scrape the price at ant specific time and users just export the clean data they get. Web scrapers can be used not only for comparing prices of different product but also other product information like sales to help users have a more comprehensive comparison.
It is no longer hard but quite fast and easy to monitor price changes with these tools. Just choose one satisfying your needs and start your monitoring!