Amazon and Google turn up the volume on finding holiday savings


You have to turn on a browser extension, but it shouldn’t be a big issue

Two Big Tech titans aren’t putting all of their eggs in their Christmas shopping baskets, but they are loading them up for sure.

Amazon has had its scissors out and has cut regular items by as much as 60% and warehouse overstock items by up to 80%. Plus, it’s offering free Prime delivery.

DealNews says that the regularly-priced stuff like the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Collectors' Edition which usually sells for nearly $500, is down $150 to $349.99.

Plus, Fire TV Sticks are down from $49.99 to $29.99, JBL Tune 5108T Headphones half-price at $24.95, Ring Video Doorbells slashed from $99.99 to $54.99 and Keurig coffee makers are also half-off. 

The deals on the overstocks are even better. Women’s sandals are as much as 81% off; women’s dresses are 75% off; bedding 70% off, and there’s LOTS of toys at least 50% off in the warehouse, too.

The nice thing about warehouse sales is that very little is left out. In Amazon’s case, it doesn’t matter whether you want a cat litter box or an unlocked cellphone, they’ve got you covered.

Outside the warehouse doors, Amazon must've had a heart-to-heart with the big brands, too, convincing them that discounting gift cards is to their advantage. 

Google updates Chrome to make it more shopping-friendly, too

Google has also turned its attention to shopping – specifically tying it into its Chrome browser. Now, Chrome will now track prices, find deals when you’re looking for them, and show you a product’s typical price range and price history for the last 90 days.

Let’s say you find the absolute perfect gift for someone, but you think that if you roll the dice just a little, the seller might drop the price in time for you to order it, wrap it, and get it under the tree.

The new Shopping list folder does that work for you like this:

  1. Go to a shopping site and view a product page.

  2. Save the shopping list by clicking Bookmark in the address bar.

  3. If you want to receive emails when prices drop, decide whether you want to receive them.

  4. To see your saved and tracked items, select the Shopping list folder on the side panel.

Two things you have to do that you might not have turned on is sync your history, and turn on Web & App Activity. Then, Chrome will do the rest. You can find all the instructions here

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