Pricerunner.co.uk became my favourite comparison website during the last few years. I was searching for loads of different things like a laptop, a new TV or especially beauty stuff.
First I tried many different shopping engines but PriceRunner are the only ones who list every retailer and always show the cheapest price first no matter if they have a commercial relationship with the retailer or not. I also like the fact that they show high street prices and compare the internet offers with them. Saves me a lot of time (and money though).
I also would recommend PriceRunner for their good customer service. No matter if you write an email or ask for help in their forum (I didn't know which TV would be the best for me) you'll always get a polite and correct answer. I really appreciate such service and it makes me go back to them every time I'd like it purchase something new.
While listening to the radio a couple of days ago I heard that Pricerunner was apparently one of the best price comparison sites out there. It consistently comes up with the most competitive prices and produces results from a range of stores according to the report. Having left my Christmas shopping slightly late I decided to check it out in the hope it would find me some bargains this year!
Pricerunner is, in simple terms, a website that allows you to easily compare the prices of various products in one simple step. It searches for your product on a variety of sites and lists the results in an easy to read manner. The site has been around since the early 21st century and currently operates in several countries including America, France and Germany. There are also several additional features including reviews of different online stores by users and filters to help you find your exact product.
The homepage is somewhat visually overwhelming at first glance with several brightly coloured advertisements decorating it. At the top are a range of options as well as some of the most popular products that are searched for on the site. Below this is a search box which is probably the most useful thing on the entire page and certainly the reason that the majority of people visit the site.
Also on the homepage are various categories and subcategories to give you some hints, for example "Home Appliances: Cookers, Fridge Freezers, Washing Machines, etc." By clicking on any of these options you'll be taken to a new page which specifically focuses on the item in question and produces some popular options as well as more sub options to help you find exactly what you're looking for.
Towards the bottom of the homepage are nine different items which are the most frequently searched for items on Pricerunner at that present time. I have noticed that this only seems to be updated every couple of weeks so I'm not sure if the popularity claim is applicable over this entire time! Finally there's some corporate links at the bottom of the site to give you a little more information on Pricerunner, careers with Pricerunner and also links to the other Pricerunner sites.
The main reason anyone uses this site is to search for a particular product and it's varying prices on the internet. Searching is really straightforward; simply type in what it is you're looking for in the search box at the top of the homepage and click on the search button. I find it typically takes about one or two seconds for the results to appear, although this may vary depending on your internet connection.
Results will be presented in one of two ways; if you've searched for a very specific product you'll simply get a list of where that product is stocked, a description of the product, it's availability at that store, it's price, a total price including delivery and a link to take you directly to that store. If however you simply search for "Nokia" you'll be presented with a range of different Nokia options which you can then click on for further information and price comparisons.
You can search for pretty much anything on this site, from DVD players to scarves, from washing machines to rolling pins. However I do think it tends to produce more results on electronic / household equipment than it does on less specific items such as clothing.
Filtering - You can also filter your results using a range of filter tags that are provided by Pricerunner and are located at the top of your results. This is really handy as if you've typed in "Ipod" for example and you simply want Ipod speakers. it allows you to filter out anything that isn't a speaker to reduce the amount of results you have to trawl through.
Reviews - Further to this there's the option to read User Reviews on a particular product that you're looking to buy so the site almost has a further function which is a bit like that of DooYoo in a sense. I rarely bother to read the reviews as I've normally already done my research, the quality of them does tend to vary quite heavily.
This is always my first choice for a price comparison website as it seems to repeatedly bring up the most competitive and lowest prices for items. I also like the fact that it tells you if the store in question has got the item in stock as this saves you the time of visiting the site only to be told the item is not currently available.
There's always a range of results, searching for an "Ipod Touch 16GB" in black will produce thirty one results from a variety of stores including Amazon, Asda, Dabs and Purely Gadgets. It does show you how valuable a site like this is; you could get the aforementioned item for is £339 from Littlewoods while you could save yourself a massive amount and get it from Purely Gadgets for only £241.95 including delivery. Another additional point about Pricerunner is that it also produces results from offline stores to ensure that you really are getting a broad overview of the prices available.
I've been using Pricerunner actively over the past year or two and have never encountered any problems with it at all. It's also efficient and really quick which are two bonuses in my opinion. I tend to compare my results on other sites such as Kelkoo and consistently find that Pricerunner produces the best results. So if you're looking to save yourself a bit of money this Christmas, try Pricerunner!
Thanks for reading.
On this website it states that Pricerunner has been around since 1999, although it was only recently that I decided to try it out after seeing an advert on TV. It was the first price comparison site I'd seen advertised, so I assumed it would be good. Now it's my preffered price comparison site and the one that I use most.
The layout of the website makes it very easy to use. The search bar is along the top, below the sites logo and also some popular product categories along with a top 50 for easy access. Above this search bar there are also links to a user guide, a forum and a new mobile section. Below all this is the full list of categories with some of the products within these categories listed below them. Here, you can browse through anything from electrical equipment to travel products including flights and package holidays. Below all these categories (you have to scroll down the page a bit) are some popular products and below that are some searches that people are looking at right now. Clicking one of these categories before searching will bring up more precise seach results as well as some popular products within the categories, for example if you click on DVD you have the option of searching a title within a specific genre or you can choose from the list of chart DVDs. Searching in the search bar from the homepage will bring up various product matches from different categories. So the category list on the homepage makes finding a certain product so much easier since you don't have to go through the list of categories.
After finding the exact product you're looking for, you get a list of prices from a number of different online shops, listed in order of price along with the postage price. One thing I like about this site which makes it better than Kelkoo in my opinion is that there's a wider range of online shops for every product so you do get to see the best price available in most cases. Unlike Kelkoo, it also gives you more exact results and doesn't give you random results that just seem to appear for no reason. As well as this, there are user ratings of the sites themselves which gives it a score out of five. You can also click on reviews to read them and see if the site is reliable enough or not although sometimes there may only be one review which makes the company look bad or good so you don't really get an overall view of it if this one person has had either a bad or good experience. Pricerunner is also available in Germany, Denmark, USA, France, Sweden and Austria and these sites are easily accessible from the little flags representing each site on the homepage.
Overall, Pricerunner is the best price comparison site I've used so far. It really does give you the lowest prices at the click of a button, saving you the time of going round every online shop trying to compare them yourself which can get confusing. The site gives much better results than Kelkoo, which is why I'm giving it a higher rating. I recommend that you use this site as your first choice for price comparisons - it doesn't take long and you'll find you want to use it again and again.
Be careful with pricerunner www.pricerunner.dk . It always tries to protect the salesmen. I gave my bad opinion about GODPRIS ( www.godpris.dk ) and they believed in GODPRIS ( www.godpris.dk ).
***seeing is believing, believing is knowing***
The ultimate deals are available for free. All you need is an internet connection. What Price Runner does is compile the best available deals online for any particular item. The costings are variable to each item so for eg. Hotpoint Dishwasher is £165.00-£435.00. The variable costings are a very helpful guide to each online consumers requirements and wallet means. The immense number of UK online retaillers that are registered and logged onto this site engine is making this site the number 1 for online shopping deals. You may have already stubbled over it just by accident, this is a remarkable source of information. Price Runner is like a huge octopus online, the affiliation links are endless. Having all this information and dealing with the internet revolution in this unmeasureable way has made this site a force and a source of excellence.
----The bargain hunters guide----
Online bargains hunters could do worse than check out Pricerunner.com - and avoid most others such as dealtime, the reason; well the site is not updated regulary according to my online sources. The fact that this review is a guide only, it is subject to change and therefore the information provided is what I've found out to date.
** The big 6 'Shopbots' (shopping search engines)**
Its no secret that shopping online can save you loads of cash. Compare the prices in the table below to your high street bargains. There are many cash reward schemes that go hand in hand so this way of shopping is a win,win, situation. Where do you get that in the High street?
In case you were wondering, Tescos is included on the list because most people are familiar with their prices, and so it serves as a benchmark of value as is regarded as the biggest retail magnet in the UK.
**The 6 online 'Shopbots' (shopping search engines) are**
1. Studio 2. Pricerunner.com 3. Shopping.com 4. Kelkoo 5. Tesco 6. Amazon
If you've heard this week on the news, you would know that other brands such as Cadbury and Wrigleys are involved in a chewing gum market war. The MD of Wrigley's has stated that a healthy competition in all market places of all businesses is healthy. He welcomed it with open arms. Having a running race is only exciting when more than one runner is competing. By having a vibrant competitive workforce envelopes a need for success, and for that competition needs to be introduced.
----Shop around and save money with Price Runner----
Price Runner for me has been the best that the online market can provide me. The deals are unbeatable and at the moment Price Runner is the number one search engine for deal sources. The problem that I've found is that the sites navigational simple method and the extreme easy access to all this information is mediocre addictive. While daily it has become a very useful tool of clasping feverishly at top deals; at night the mind plays tricks with you as sleeping becomes a tireless problem when floating prices and happy faces appear at random. Apart from that yeah please shop around and enjoy the experiences of Price Runner. Though keep it to a sellective time management protocol the same as your cash cows.
----Save Save Save----
What this means is shopping around for each item you want could save you a fair amount of cash. Remember that delivery charges will obviously be higher for ordering from many different stores, so any savings should be weighed against these additional costs.
---Shopping online doesnt mean buying online----
The great thing about online shopping is you can literally scour the market from your armchair (or office chair, if youre sneaky).
But many people are still hesitant to fill in their bank details online. Phishing is still a problem for many though I have not experienced any myself. Emails of mis-interpretions are always a problem deals are an endless source who do you go with? Is it a phishing link to those nasties waiting to hijack you and your banking identities? I do believe there is always a required logical mind that has to prevail while sifting through tonnes of emails giving you free holidays and vouchers.. and small cash rewards.. Choose wisely and the dark depths of internet crazed money mongers will not bed your banking securities. However, while there are a lot of goods out there that you really need to see in front of you before you make any decision.
This is where shopbots are particularly handy. Because they compare thousands of individual retailers, you can simply print out the best price and take it into the store. This is usually sufficient to get the shop to match the price of the item you want. This is perfect for those online bargain hunters who enjoy the retail shopping buzz.
----Some final pointers----
While I was perusing these sites all day (another hard day at the office) to get these prices, I was really struck at just how much stuff you can buy online these days.
The lists are endless, from obscure moped branded panels to a keyring of Raffles Hotel in Singapore; for its all available at the click of a button or a optical mouse click perferably. So it might be a good idea to make note of exactly what you want before logging on, or you could end up buying a lot more than you had originally intended; of course depending on your budget.
Price Runner.com is a 'force to the source'; that is currently unsurpassed. The online traders benefit hugely from having such a powerful shopping search engine. Their affiliation links are impressive to you surfers who gauge the IP protocols to high traffic demands. It is only getting more apparent that marketing online in this manner will become a completely different online market place in a couple of years, as demands will automatically heighten to the vividly extreme.. until then.. enjoy comparing the prices on Price Runner.com. The URL link is below.
Thank you for reading this Price Runner review.
Pricerunner.com is a Swedish company that operates in several European countries including UK and it also operates in USA. The site was launched in 1999. Its main competitor is Kelkoo.
The most important thing about this site is its front page which has a search engine box and a list of categories.
I generally type in a product name or number in the search box and it outputs the results on the page, just to be on the safe side I click on best prices on the top of the listings, that way lowest price is displayed on the top.
Searching via categories is a longer way to find the product. That is why I tend to avoid this.
Pricerunner is easy to use and it is free. It doesn't leave any tracking cookies behind thus I assume it is safe to use.
One thing to note is that it is better to use at least one more price comparison site to ensure you get the best deal. I normally check kelkoo at the same time as pricerunner. Sometimes Kelkoo is cheaper on some deals and Pricerunner is cheaper on some deals.
Pricerunner has simple layout, it is easy to use and it normally saves me money as well.
I think I will have to recommend it.
This is the best time to use it when there is a need to buy more consumer goods than rest of the year.
Many people nowadays use the Internet in the hope of buying products as cheaply as possible. It proves useful for there to be websites out there dedicated to helping find the cheapest prices available online. Pricerunner is one such European leading price comparison website. Hence if you are currently looking for the hottest HDTV, then one puts this in the search box, clicks search and observes the results.
Kristofer Arwin, Martin Alexanderson and Magnus Wiberg together with Cell Ventures as financier started Pricerunner in July 1999. The UK site was launched in September 2000, and is a division of ValueClick Inc. Pricerunner do not sell the products themselves; they list third parties who do. It uses a specialist team to manage and develop cutting edge technology, which hunts down the cheapest available prices. The company also provide their services in the USA, Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark and Austria. Pricerunner is independent and say that they list all retailers, regardless of whether they pay or not.
--------Using the site--------
Upon visiting the Pricerunner homepage for the very first page it should become apparent that everything is very clearly set out. The advantage of such a simplistic layout is that people will find it very easy to navigate around the site and as such will most likely find the product or products they desire.
On the homepage underneath the logo in the top left hand corner there is the main search box. You may know the exact product to search for (such as Sony PSP, Acer Aspire 5101WLMI, iPod 4GB etc), or alternatively it may be easier to type in a general word such as fridge, watch, bed and so on. The site does seem very efficient at narrowing results to what you are looking for. Of course, there is more likelihood that by typing a broad word, the found products list will be long and include products of no interest. Nevertheless searching is quick, free to use and anyone with access to the Internet should be able to successfully do it.
Below the main search box the site shows main categories in bold blue letters, and below this there are sub categories in smaller underlined text. People may find it easier instead of typing words in the search box to simply click on these main categories and what is contained within. The main categories are the following:
(1) Audio, HiFi, MP3 Players a category that will assist your hunt for the latest iPods, the newest speakers or the most up-to-date amplifiers.
(2) Books, Music, DVDs when clicking on Books on the homepage, book lovers will be pleased to hear that they will be relocated to a page where one can enter a ISBN or author and/or title of a book, then click on Search for price comparison results. On the other hand if you are more interested in movies, then the site allows one to search for all manner of genres. Checking music is similar to books, for one can simply enter an artist (Madonna, Elvis Presley) and/or the title of the CD and then click search.
(3) Cameras, Camcorders nowadays it is most likely one will be searching for digital cameras, web cameras and photo printers. This category proves to be the perfect place to go for such goods.
(4) Clothing, Jewellery, Luggage we all need to buy clothes, and I would anticipate that this is a hugely popular category for the website. In this category you will find products including shoes, watches, suitcases, jeans, swimwear, shorts and so on and so forth.
(5) Computers, Software this is a wide ranging category that caters for people requiring a (new) broadband provider, printers, laptops, CPUs, in addition to Operating Systems.
(6) Finance, Insurance, Bills it is an unfortunate part of life that we need to pay for our car insurance, and we may even need to take out a loan now and again. Nonetheless the site allows people to compare over 400 loans; and searches over 300 car insurance schemes, in the quest to aid us.
(7) Games, Consoles seeing as games prove a major pastime for myself it is useful to know that this category provides price comparisons for games on all the big name consoles whether it is the PlayStation 2 or the next-generation X-Box 360. One even gets to check how much the various home consoles or handheld will cost.
(8) Home Appliances here people can compare the prices of ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, vacuum cleaners and so on.
(9) Home & Garden look for lawnmowers, charcoal barbeques, powertools, furniture, and DIY accessories in this category.
(10) Health & Beauty in the pursuit of looking and feeling good this might prove a worthwhile area of the website to view. For instance you may need a new hairdryer, shaver, hot tub, or self-tanning lotion.
(11) Phones, PDAs, GPS Systems one can check for the best price monthly contract mobile phone deals, the cheapest palmtops and vehicle navigation systems.
(12) Sports, Equipment allows one to do a price comparison of exercise bikes, rowing machines, treadmills, golf drivers, running shoes and so much more.
(13) Toys, Kids & Family includes a huge number of products like the safety conscious car seat, the old favourite cuddly toy, the essential children clothes and for those starting a family, cots.
(14) TVs, Home Cinema, DVD Players this will be the place to check for the latest HDTVs, Projectors, multi-region DVD players and such like.
(15) Travel all of us have a desire to take a holiday in order to relax and have an all round great time. Thankfully the website allows people to compare flights to get to that relaxing destination, in addition to car hire as well as car insurance.
Without doubt I am sure you would agree this proves to be an exceptionally wide array of categories. Subsequently there will be products that will appeal to all, and the only thing to do is determine whether they are affordable and/or needed.
Lets say you click on Camcorders from the homepage. This will direct you to a page that allows one to narrow their search. On the right side of the page there are eight o the most camcorders with a picture, the name, and price of each in relatively small boxes. Alternatively for instance you may only be looking for a camcorder in a particular price range. Thus you can click on the most suitable range that would satisfy your needs, such as from £400 to £800. This directs to a page listing products, a rating and best price.
Clicking on individual products allows users the opportunity to enlarge the picture image of the camcorder as well as detailing full information about specifications. These specifications are very detailed and should answer whether the products would fulfil your needs. If this does not do so the site might help from having user and expert reviews. Pricerunner has a summary of all expert reviews, but provides links to full commentaries. This is a very useful feature, as you may need to compare and contrast a few products before choosing one. Obviously if you already know which product you want, the reviews may prove to be of little use.
When you see the list of products it shows from the left: the retailer, a message from the retailer, rating, stock availability, and price. Where you see the price you can Go to store and this simply takes one to the stores website with the product in question.
There was no particular reason for choosing Camcorders as my example. This is because the site uses the same structure throughout meaning if your desired product is in another category you can do the same: narrow the search, check more detailed information and check for any reviews (sometimes there are no reviews mind you).
Under the main categories on the homepage, there are nine Most popular products, which show a small picture of the product in question, its name and then a compare prices now button.
Pricerunner allows people to become members of the site. One will find joining details after clicking Log in which is in the top centre of the homepage under the company logo. Details to fill in to join are very standard: first name, surname, email address, password, gender, age, and postcode. The benefits of being a member include: (i) being able to set Price Alerts so as to be notified by email when the price of a product changes; (ii) enter various competitions; (iii) receive free newsletters detailing for example Pricerunner developments and special offers; and (iv) you can write the reviews about retailers and products. With regards to (iv), unlike here on Dooyoo, one does not receive any cash incentive for reviewing products so this may dissuade some from bothering.
In my experience Pricerunner does seem to sometimes return fewer search results than a major competitor, Kelkoo.co.uk. Therefore Pricerunner may not necessarily provide the cheapest online price available.
Sometimes with the user reviews on the site you have to be aware that they are not all in English, some are in different languages which renders their use as nil. At other times there are no user or expert reviews at all. Even when there is a user review this may not provide sufficient enough information to make an informed decision about the product in question.
What's more sometimes you can view the list of best-priced products, but there is no direct link to the store in question. This means you will manually have to go find the retailer and the product(s) yourself. Such a complaint is due to this being slightly inconvenient.
The site does have a forum on all the main categories you would anticipate Home Appliances, Broadband, Mobile Phones, Digital Cameras and the rest but unfortunately there does not seem to be all that much activity in the form of new informative topics. Maybe this is something that will improve with time. Currently though it does not have much benefit.
It would prove an impossible task to as an individual search each and every website to find the cheapest price of the product(s) you wanted to buy. Since Pricerunner lists many prices in one place it must be given great consideration to visit as often as you have the yearning to buy products. I am not entirely convinced it will always give the absolute cheapest price available, but it should more often than not come close. It is free to use, easy to navigate around, has a great variety of products, so why not give it a go?
>>My Overall Rating: 3/5 stars<<
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This site is very easy to use. Simply use the search engine and type in the product you are looking for. It then compares the prices of the product showing you what sites to buy the product from.
Once you are happy with the price simple click on the link and it takes you to that website. Sites like this exist through affiliates, if you buy a product through using this site then usually they will make a percentage out of the sale. This means that sites like this wont always get the cheapest deal, as some websites wont pay a percentage and don't offer this facility, most now do though.
I think Kelkoo is slightly better than this site, it tends to run quicker than Price runner, which at times runs a bit slow and takes a while to display the results. Sometimes if a website isn't displayed that you think might do it cheaper still then its always worth looking.
When shopping online, its always better to use shopping sites your familiar with, or ones that have a good reputation, then you are mmore likely to feel safe using them, knowing that delivery should turn up on time.
Using this site to compare prices will always display different results to another price comparison website like kelkkoo, but I'd recommend using this because its easy to use and can save you time in finding the better cheaper deal.
This is my favourite of the price finder sites. It is very comprehensive, very fast and provides direct links to the retailers. The interface is easy to use there are lots of categories and you can find the best prices on what you want in a matter of minutes. When you click on the homepage you are presented with a menu of categories ranging from electrical goods to household appliances to computer equipment. Firstly click on the category you want, I have mainly been looking at digital cameras recently , so I would click on photography, the next menu appears, sub category digital cameras, and the further sub menus, all cameras, cameras with at least 2mp, cameras with at least3mp and so on. You select a category, say cameras with at least 2mp and the search engine goes in to action. After about 10 seconds or so you will have a table of every 2mp camera on the market scrolling out in front of you. You may have a list now of about 200 cameras. A big list which needs to be cut down to size. You may have a specific brand in mind in which case you can filter by brand, say Canon or Olympus. You may have a price range in mind in which case you can filter by price. The filter categories vary according to what type of product you have selected. You can also look for a named item for example I want to buy a fuji a403 ( a nice camera by the way, see my review) so I enter this information and I am given a list of retailers who have this on sale the price listed in order of cheapness. There are direct links to the retailer the link usually takes you to the exact page on the retailers website where the product can be found. There are also product specifications detailing in this case all the features to be found on the camera, technical specs, and even links to review pages where you can further evaluate the product, if you are still not sure you want to buy it. These are also consumer reviews ratings,and even consumer reviews on the retailers themselves as well a
s the product, which is very useful. There are so many Internet retailers on the web now, the chances that you will know much about all of them is unlikely. Compared to a site like Kelkoo Pricerunner is a very specific search engine. Back to my example of the fuji a403 if I put search into Pricerunner for that I will get a list of references for that camera, and that camera alone. If I was to put that search into Kelkoo I would get a list of references for that camera, also camera bags for fuji a403, also compact flash for fuji a403, also accessories for fuji a403 etc meaning you have to wade through all this stuff to find what you actually need. I find that very irritating and time consuming, which is the one thing you are trying to save. I have been using Pricerunner for a few years and it must have saved me hundreds of pounds on all kinds of equipment. The one thing about Pricerunner however and this is an important point, they are very good but they do not always know the best price. I would say their success rate is pretty high 9/10 at least but bear in mind there will always be someone knocking out what you want a bit cheaper and cutting the price all the time it is impossible to keep up with it that is the nature of selling. I think Pricerunner have a pretty good track record in my opinion, though I have beaten them myself on occasion I would trust them to give me a pretty good idea of what is on the market at any given time. I often use Pricerunner in conjunction with the auction sites in order to get a good idea of the going rate for something before I bid for it then I have a good idea of what it is worth and how much I am prepared to pay for it. I usually have a cut off point at which point it would make more sense to buy a new one. Also you can often find items at sale price on Pricerunner which are actually cheaper than a second hand one at the auction site, I find this a useful way of buying expensive equipment. Once you get
started you never want to pay full price for anything again, its quite addictive. There are no real disadvantages with Pricerunner, its free after all and if you know how to use it , you can save a lot of money. It is the only one I use regularly and I have found it the most reliable. Even if you are only looking it is a useful way of tracking items and their price the price of new digital cameras for example has fallen dramatically over the past year, and you can see when the product comes into your price range. Pricerunner also tells you how much the price of the product has fluctuated either up or down over the previous week, since last month, and since last year, which is handy if your trying to track down a bargain. You can even leave your e-mai address and they will let you know when a product comes in to your price range. Even if you are not going to buy anything on the information you can glean from Pricerunner it is always worth a look, you may discover web retailers you never knew existed, with the product you want, I have myself. You can also get international prices on Pricerunner if you are interested in buying your goods from abroad in order to save money. I have never tried it myself I have always found the kind of thing I am looking for cheaper in this country. The international prices on Pricerunner usually apply to European counties. If you want you can join Pricerunner to write reviews, though not for remuneration, or become an affiliate, if you have a web site and you send people to Pricerunner and they use a direct link to a retailer you get 15p. Visit the site and see for yourself, there is a lot to be gained and nothing to loose. To my way of thinking it is by far the best price checker site I have found.
****Why I like it**** Whilst my girlfriend worked as a 'runner' (a person who goes around shops checking prices) for Pricerunner and she received a massive ammount of flak from the sales people and store managers of the stores she went into. This shows how scared some companies are of this sort of thing which benefit us - the consumer. I like pricerunner as it is the consumers friend - it helps us to find the cheapest price - and all for free!! Much like this website (although nowhere near as thoroughly ;o) ) it allows users to comment on their purchasing experience from the suppluing stores and rate them. This allows the user to easily compare prices, and very importantly, the reliability of the shop. I never buy anything electrical without consulting it first. My usual searches are for Hi-Fi equipment, cameras, camcorders and TV. I've always been dissapointed by the mobile phone and computer searches - they never seem to come out with anything great, but I must admit I haven't tried recently. Recently they added a loans and mortgages section, this alone saved a friend of mine well over £1000 as he was going to go with Royal Bank of Scotland until he saw that Lombard were far cheaper. ****My (100% Genuine) Example**** I recently wanted to buy a Palm Pilot. Not really knowing what is out there at the moment I just went to Dabs (my favorite computer components supplier) and searched for the most expensive 3Com Palm Pilot. £380. I then put the model number into price runner and found Amazon selling it for £199!! I then went to Amazon and searched for the most expensive Palm Pilot that they stocked. It was 2 whole models up from the original one I looked at. Not only did it go from monochrome to colour, it also had twice as much memory. This was priced by Amazon at around £430. I then again put the model number in pricerunner, and it showed Jungle selling it for £360. So in 5minutes, I had gone up two le
vels in spec, and had dropped £20 on the price of the original unit that I had looked at. ****Conclusion**** I have shown so many people the website, and hopefully have saved them some money along the way. Use it, it might just save you some too, and judging from my very regular use - it will!
I don't know about anyone else, but before now I have spent many hours of my time frustratingly going through different websites trying to find the best deal for something I want to buy. So when I was reading a magazine that was comparing different priceguide websites and this one got the gold star I thought I would give it a go and I am so glad I did. At the time I was after a new keyboard and the one I ended up buying I managed to get for £15 through this site and another retailer was selling it for £39.99!! I now never shop on the internet without checking prices on this site first. About the Site: - The site searches online and high street prices and is split into different catergories as listed below: - Beauty and Fashion Books Cars Computing Films Finance Games and Consoles Household Bills Music Phones Photography Sound and Vision Insurance When you go into a one of the above you will then get another list of catergories listing the items that you can check prices on. Choose the item you are after and you will then get a list of different makes of these products you can then re-organise these into either new/rating/added value or best price. You then click onto anyone of these and you will get a list of the retailers that sell this item and at what price, my favourite bit here is that you can sort the prices into best total price which includes post and packaging. This to me is great because whats the point in finding an item £5.00 cheaper than you were originally going to buy it for and then having to pay £10.00 for the delivery. I have not tried all the catergories on the site but I have tried out, Computing, Books, Music and Photography and all of them found me a cheap price for what I wanted it was also a great way of finding some really good shopping sites. This is going to be a great site to use when it comes to Christmas.
I was looking for a new washing machine and tumble dryer, where I'd found them on one internet website and was going to buy them both from there, but I went onto pricerunner to obtain a FULL DETAILED DESCRIPTION of the products as there wasn't a full description on the site I was buying them off. I hadn't used pricerunner before, and I just entered in the washing machine/tumble dryer model numbers and up came a screen with the washing machine on it - the description was perfect, told me everything I needed to know about the machines, and when I looked down the list of suppliers I found that another website (I'd not heard of) was selling the same machine only about £50 less! Each line tells you the supplier, their website (if they have one) the cost of the item and their delivery cost. It was wonderful, I'd wasted all day looking on different web sites for these machines, and all I needed to do was go onto pricerunner, and put details of the type of machine I wanted (or model number if known) and they find you the best price. I've since been looking for a Dyson washing machine for my mum and saved her over £300 through pricerunner! What an excellent, easy to use, but sometimes a little slow web site. I would recommend anyone to use it, it's so easy.
The last thing anyone in the world wants to do is spend more money than they have to when they're buying something, but everyone probably knows how much hassle it is to go and check every shop that sells the product you want. The worst thing that can happen is you buy something in one shop, only to find it cheaper in the next you enter! The internet is a bit like this, but at least you get to check all the online stores from the comfort of your own home, without needing to walk around in the lovely British weather! Even still, it would be mighty good if there was a website which compared all the prices of products from various online stores, and let you find which one was the cheapest. Dooyoo is one such site which claims to do this, with it's price comparison feature, which is available online or via SMS (still on Vodafone only I think?). Not meaning to sound a defector from Dooyoo, but it ain't much cop and at 50p a shot I'm not too keen on using the SMS thing. There at least two websites I know of that concentrate solely on the job of informing Joe Public of where they can find the cheapest item, a service which they do for free, out of the kindness of their hearts! Well maybe that's going too far, but the two sites in question, namely PriceRunner and Kelkoo, are really rather useful when you want to buy online. Or at least they appear that way initially, a little digging reveals that maybe they aren't as good as they could be. Head over to www.pricerunner.com and you'll be presented with a country selection screen, so providing you want to shop in English you enter our version of the site, to be presented with a list of items. Somewhat like Dooyoo, there are a list of categories which you can browse to your hearts content. Whether you want a washing machine, a new mobile phone or a CD-RW you'll fin it in here. You can search for a specific item or just browse the categories like a catalogue. Some infor
mation is included about most products, although at times it would be good if more detail about what you are buying. While everyone's got a fairly good idea about a Nokia 3310, who can say the same for various makes of washing machines? The Hotpoint G75342S just doesn't have the same ring! What Pricerunner does is to list each item separately, say each model of a TV, then have information about which retailers sell it, how much it costs and how people have rated the retailer. They also include P&P price, which should let you make a decision as to which retailer is cheapest (I say should, more on that later). You then click on the link to that retailer and item, and you should be taken to the appropriate page on that retailers website. Pricerunner also has a few other neat features, such as being able to search for items between certain prices, and list searches in order of price, rating etc. It's very easy to find the item which you're looking for, and they even include buyers guides on items so that you can make a good purchasing decision. The problems arise when you decide you want to buy an item..... No one can deny that a site such as Pricerunner has an enormous task at hand, needing to catalogue every item and price from the sites it search, but at the end of the day if it doesn't display accurate search results then it is of no use to me as a consumer. I would imagine that Pricerunner have deals running with the companies that they search, so it is perhaps understandable that they do not use every online shop, but it is a little disconcerting to search for an item and for it not to return some of the big players on the web. You get the same e-stores appearing on every search, and while a lot of the big players are there, equally as many aren't. A lot of smaller companies seem to appear on Pricerunner, likely because they pay Pricerunner to be on there. Again, I don't want to appear sceptical about small w
eb based outfits, but you can have trouble with the big companies, nevermind the smaller ones. Even if we forget about the rather limited choice of shops, Pricerunner has some more fundamental problems. Put simply, a lot of the site is shoddily done. Items appear in the wrong place, prices are sometimes wrong, and postage and packaging prices are almost always wrong. Some links to items are simply missing, while other shops are based in Europe and charge a massive surcharge to ship to the UK. Put simply, it just ain't that reliable. A good amount of the time it is, but not always. In addition to the somewhat lacklustre search results, to me the site appears a little dull. There's a fine line with web pages, between making something look cluttered and making it too plain. Good sites are just in the middle. For me Pricerunner is just a little too plain, but at the end of the day content is more important than style. The site is always fast and seems to always be available, which is a plus point. I used to use Pricerunner as my main price comparison site, but I recently discovered Kelkoo - while it isn't perfect either, it's probably just a little better than Pricerunner. My tip would be to use them both!
Pricerunner.com provides consumers with the ability to locate the best price of a product before subsequent purchase. They offer you an independent price comparison aswell as detailed product information. They cover a wide range of stores and do not only focus on the larger ones but endevour to provide you with the maximum choice as possible, whether online or offline. When you first access the homepage you will first need to select a category from those listed. These include; Beauty & Fashion, Cars, Finance, Home Appliances, Phones, Sound & Vision, Books, Computers, Travel Insurance, Music, Photography, Household Bills and Games & Consoles. Once you have selected a particular category you will be provided with a more detailed listing under this category. Simply select which range of product you require and you will be provided with the brand, model number, number of retailers currently stocking this product, the best available price and show prices. The product name itself is a clickable link and once clicked will provide you with a complete description of the product concerned. The “show prices” is also clickable and this will show you all the prices from the various retailers stocking the product. Pricerunner.com also have a very useful feature called “Price Alert”. If you locate a product that you might be interested in but do not want to purchase due to the price factor at present, you can simply select the “Add Price Alert” from the price list page. You can then set a price level that you might be interested in purchasing the product for. When the price of that particular product drops or if it goes below the price that you have set, you will automatically be informed by email. This is extremely useful indeed. To obtain further benefits you can also become a member of the site. This is free and you will only need to enter your email address, a password, your name, postcode and pho
ne number. The membership will entitle you to receive the free weekly newsletter by email. The newsletter contains all the latest special offers and deals and information on new categories and competitions. Pricerunner also has operations in four other European countries. They therefore give you an option to compare prices not only amongst retailers in the UK but also to compare prices between the other European markets. This provides a useful advantage in that you are aware of the best prices in Europe and in that it will put some sort of pressure on retailers in the UK to reduce prices, if they are indeed higher than other European countries. Overall I found this site extremely professional and very useful indeed. However I would like to emphasis that although Pricerunner does strive to provide you with the lowest prices available, you might possibly be able to get certain products cheaper irrespective of this. Therefore it is highly advisable to also use other similar sites such as Kelkoo to get, as doctors would say “A Second Opinion”. By utilizing both services you would most likely guarantee yourself of securing the best possible deal for most products. I would like to mention again that one thing that really impressed me about this site was the “Price Alert” feature, which I have already commented on. You can visit Pricerunner.com at there website at: www.uk.pricerunner.com