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Popular price comparison sites – June 2008

This is June 2008 revision of the Popular Price Comparison web sites list. You can find the last month revision of the list here.

The best gainer today is shopwiki.com (21.6%) followed by like.com (18.02%). On the down side jellyfish.com (-17.97%) and mpire.com (-17.9%) have the worst numbers, both have a very good explanation. Mpire team has moved efforts to their shopping widget, while Jellyfish got bought by Microsoft.

Overall numbers are mixed (average Alexa gain is -1.40%) and I don’t expect things to pick up until August or September when the school season starts.

# Web Site Alexa Rank Page Rank Online Since
1 shopping.yahoo.com 1 (*) 8 18-Jan-1995
2 froogle.google.com 2 (*) 8 11-Sep-2001
3 shopping.msn.com 6 (*) 8 10-Nov-1994
4 shopping.aol.com 21 (*) 8 22-Jun-1995
5 shopper.cnet.com (info) 128 (*) 7 05-Jul-1996
6 shopping.com 394 (-5.07%) 7 03-Jul-1997
7 dealtime.com 457 (4.79%) 7 07-Oct-1998
8 nextag.com 543 (-0.74%) 7 15-Oct-1998
9 bizrate.com 644 (-1.42%) 7 24-Apr-1996
10 (1) shoplocal.com 856 (-0.71%) 8 24-Sep-1998
11 (1) pricegrabber.com (info) 900 (-6.26%) 8 10-Mar-1999
12 shopzilla.com 1244 (-6.14%) 7 04-Jul-2002
13 epinions.com 1402 (4.17%) 7 12-Feb-1999
14 pronto.com 1801 (2.6%) 7 01-Jan-2006
15 smarter.com 2047 (-6.45%) 6 28-Apr-1998
16 become.com 2894 (-4.67%) 6 20-Jan-2004
17 pricerunner.com 4257 (8.55%) 7 19-May-1999
18 calibex.com 5581 (-8.94%) 4 02-Oct-2000
19 (2) like.com 6267 (18.02%) 5 22-Feb-1995
20 (1) mysimon.com 6682 (-6.5%) 8 15-Apr-1998
21 (1) thefind.com (info) 7094 (-0.97%) 6 19-Oct-2006
22 retrevo.com 8205 (6.47%) 6 10-May-2006
23 pricewatch.com 12037 (-3.85%) 6 26-Sep-1995
24 ebates.com 12125 (-2.6%) 6 29-Dec-1998
25 dealighted.com (info) 18371 (8.91%) 6 09-Oct-2006
26 (2) shopwiki.com 20638 (21.6%) 5 15-Dec-2004
27 (1) sortprice.com 21808 (-3.66%) 6 15-Jan-2004
28 (1) bestwebbuys.com 27305 (-4.93%) 7 06-Jan-1998
29 (1) pricescan.com 37828 (-1.61%) 6 03-Sep-1997
30 (1) jellyfish.com 40130 (-17.97%) 5 26-Jun-2006
31 mpire.com 49433 (-17.9%) 6 01-Jun-2006
32 hawkee.com 67973 (-0.96%) 5 02-Jan-1997
33 bottomdollar.com 70912 (5.42%) 4 04-Jul-1997
34 streetprices.com 89305 (-7.26%) 5 16-Oct-1997
35 salescircular.com 98691 (-0.83%) 5 09-Jun-1998

(*) Note: traffic stats for these sites is an aggregate of all traffic to the top domain (e.g. Yahoo.com or Google.com) and thus cannot be used to judge how popular this particular price comparison service is.

Popular price comparison sites – March 2008

This is March 2008 revision of the Popular Price Comparison web sites list. You can find the last month revision of the list here.

The change in rating shows the difference compared to February results. The list has a total of 34 web sites and there are 16 more sites in my database that don’t meet Alexa Rank < 100,000 requirement.

thefind.com (43.18%) has been going strong for the third month in the row. They came in first in January and second in February. They have recently tapped into local search and made some partners and obviously gained a lot of momentum.

The worst performer is again mpire.com (-30.47%). I guess Matt Hulett keeps ignoring the business that brought him where he is right now with WidgetBucks.

# Web Site Alexa Rank Page Rank Online Since
1 shopping.yahoo.com 1 (*) 8 18-Jan-1995
2 froogle.google.com 4 (*) 8 11-Sep-2001
3 shopping.msn.com 7 (*) (-16.67%) 7 10-Nov-1994
4 shopping.aol.com 57 (*) (-11.76%) 7 22-Jun-1995
5 shopper.cnet.com (info) 258 (*) (-2.79%) 7 05-Jul-1996
6 shopping.com 510 (-17.78%) 7 03-Jul-1997
7 dealtime.com 598 (-10.95%) 7 07-Oct-1998
8 nextag.com 897 (-9.12%) 6 15-Oct-1998
9 bizrate.com 1075 (-14%) 7 24-Apr-1996
10 (1) pricegrabber.com (info) 1525 (-11.4%) 8 10-Mar-1999
11 (1) shoplocal.com 1601 (-22.68%) 8 24-Sep-1998
12 shopzilla.com 2351 (-3.43%) 7 04-Jul-2002
13 (1) pronto.com 3062 (2.86%) 6 01-Jan-2006
14 (1) smarter.com 3510 (-7.73%) 6 28-Apr-1998
15 (2) epinions.com 3522 (-21.36%) 7 12-Feb-1999
16 calibex.com 4508 (-15.06%) 4 02-Oct-2000
17 become.com 5259 (-0.92%) 6 20-Jan-2004
18 pricerunner.com 8504 (-14.98%) 6 19-May-1999
19 mysimon.com 9888 (-17.95%) 7 15-Apr-1998
20 (1) thefind.com (info) 10327 (43.18%) 6 19-Oct-2006
21 (1) pricewatch.com 19638 (-15.74%) 6 26-Sep-1995
22 (1) retrevo.com 21067 (4.41%) 5 10-May-2006
23 (1) like.com 22930 (4.7%) 5 22-Feb-1995
24 (2) ebates.com 23802 (-23.45%) 6 29-Dec-1998
25 (1) sortprice.com 33516 (-6.75%) 5 15-Jan-2004
26 (1) bestwebbuys.com 34037 (-2.41%) 7 06-Jan-1998
27 (1) jellyfish.com 40157 (-3.88%) 5 26-Jun-2006
28 (3) mpire.com 40282 (-30.47%) 6 01-Jun-2006
29 shopwiki.com 44350 (5.24%) 5 15-Dec-2004
30 pricescan.com 54071 (-11.31%) 6 03-Sep-1997
31 dealighted.com (info) 55079 (0.95%) 6 09-Oct-2006
32 (1) ugenie.com 66963 (26.92%) 4 02-Nov-2006
33 (1) hawkee.com 67451 (-7.25%) 5 02-Jan-1997
34 activeshopper.com 95103 (5.44%) 5 12-Jan-1999

(*) Note: traffic stats for these sites is an aggregate of all traffic to the top domain (e.g. Yahoo.com or Google.com) and thus cannot be used to judge how popular this particular price comparison service is.

Popular price comparison sites – February 2008

This is February 2008 revision of the Popular Price Comparison web sites list. You can find the last month revision of the list here.

The change in rating shows the difference compared to January results. The list has a total of 33 web sites and there are 17 more sites in my database that don’t meet Alexa Rank < 100,000 requirement.

List hasn’t changed since last month except for ugenie.com (59.16%) who had a nice come back to replace the last position held by streetprices.com. Ugine was in fact the best performer this month. They seem to have had a traffic surge late January after a long decline. Don’t really have an explanation to this other than possibly increased marketing spendings.

The worst performer this month is mpire.com (-44.32%) who I would guess are too busy with their new toy, WidgetBucks, to be able keep an eye on the price comparison business.

# Web Site Alexa Rank Page Rank Online Since
1 shopping.yahoo.com 1 (*) 8 18-Jan-1995
2 froogle.google.com 4 (*) 8 11-Sep-2001
3 shopping.msn.com 6 (*) 7 10-Nov-1994
4 shopping.aol.com 51 (*) (-18.6%) 7 22-Jun-1995
5 shopper.cnet.com 251 (*) (-10.09%) 7 05-Jul-1996
6 shopping.com 433 (-13.05%) 7 03-Jul-1997
7 dealtime.com 539 (-9.55%) 7 07-Oct-1998
8 nextag.com 822 (-6.34%) 6 15-Oct-1998
9 bizrate.com 943 (-2.39%) 7 24-Apr-1996
10 shoplocal.com 1305 (-33.98%) 8 (2) 24-Sep-1998
11 pricegrabber.com (info) 1369 (-17.92%) 8 10-Mar-1999
12 shopzilla.com 2273 (-11.26%) 7 04-Jul-2002
13 epinions.com 2902 (-21.78%) 7 12-Feb-1999
14 (1) pronto.com 3152 (10.28%) 6 (-2) 01-Jan-2006
15 (1) smarter.com 3258 (-2.87%) 6 28-Apr-1998
16 calibex.com 3918 (-8.59%) 4 02-Oct-2000
17 become.com 5211 (2.53%) 6 20-Jan-2004
18 pricerunner.com 7396 (-12.03%) 6 19-May-1999
19 mysimon.com 8383 (-6.83%) 7 15-Apr-1998
20 pricewatch.com 16967 (-12.03%) 6 26-Sep-1995
21 (4) thefind.com 18175 (30.59%) 6 19-Oct-2006
22 (1) ebates.com 19281 (-18.73%) 6 29-Dec-1998
23 retrevo.com 22039 (1.68%) 5 10-May-2006
24 like.com 24060 (7.48%) 5 22-Feb-1995
25 (3) mpire.com 30874 (-44.32%) 6 (1) 01-Jun-2006
26 sortprice.com 31397 (-2.38%) 5 15-Jan-2004
27 bestwebbuys.com 33237 (-6.13%) 7 06-Jan-1998
28 jellyfish.com 38658 (-10.69%) 5 26-Jun-2006
29 (2) shopwiki.com 46801 (15.58%) 5 15-Dec-2004
30 (1) pricescan.com 48576 (-16.81%) 6 03-Sep-1997
31 (1) dealighted.com (info) 55605 (-6.12%) 6 09-Oct-2006
32 hawkee.com 62889 (**) (0.46%) 5 02-Jan-1997
33 (5) ugenie.com 91635 (59.16%) 4 02-Nov-2006

(*) Note: traffic stats for these sites is an aggregate of all traffic to the top domain (e.g. Yahoo.com or Google.com) and thus cannot be used to judge how popular this particular price comparison service is.

(**) Note: the web site is a portal with price comparison engine being one of the offered web services. Alexa rank cannot be used to judge how popular this price comparison engine is.

Mpire launches shopping widgets

You might remember my blog post about eBay Pop, the online tool for monitoring what is hot on eBay. Mpire, the team that built the tool, has decided to open up this functionality for every webmaster and blogger to use on their website/blog as a widget.

In fact Mipre is launching today not one but four different widgets, each offering distinct features. The announcement comes hot after eBay itself launched eBay To Go last week, which is their own set of widgets designed to assist sellers in promoting their eBay auctions.

How are these widgets different from what eBay offers?

While eBay To Go is mostly built around a single eBay auction, Mpire weighs in by offering widgets featuring shopping data analysis that Mpire is so good at. Here is a short summary of what each of Mpire widgets does:

  • eBay Movers and Shakers shows what people are selling/buying on eBay. This is exactly what eBay Pop does however the widget shows only one pre-configured category.
  • eBay Top Searches shows what people are searching on eBay. A product category is selected when widget is configured. The widget will display up to 10 popular search terms from that category.
  • Mpire Price Check displays a price chart for a pre-configured set of products. The widget allows up to 6 product picks and for each product will display a price chart over the past month together with data on average selling price and number of matching results.
  • Mpire Trend Watch displays the price trend for a product category. This widget appears to be similar to the Movers tab of “eBay Movers and Shakers” except it also shows the average new and used price for the product.

The most functionally diverse offering of shopping widgets ever

I have been testing Mpire widgets over the past week and I am really impressed. So far this is the most functionally diverse offering of shopping widgets I have ever seen.

All Mpire widgets work of eBay and Amazon database of products to display the lists/charts. In addition to the main functionality, each widget also has a configurable list of product picks which is a set of links that open a separate browser window with product search results for the selected search term. You can see how this works from the widget I embedded at the bottom of this blog post.

Since I am a stats/analysis freak myself, I can truly appreciate these widgets for what they offer. In fact I am adding the “Price Check” widget to my blog sidebar to help me with tracking prices on a couple of things I am planning to buy.

Mpire Widgets

Webmasters receive 100% of the commission from sales

One more significant difference between Mpire and eBay widgets is that with Mpire publishers can enter their eBay and/or Amazon affiliate code when they configure a widget and then receive a commission from each sale that the widget generates. Mpire doesn’t hold anything back, the entire commission goes to the publisher.

Why are they doing it? There are several reasons. One is probably the fact that Amazon doesn’t support revenue sharing and unless Mpire drops Amazon from this offering, they really don’t have much choice. The other reason is that these widgets are a very good way for Mpire to promote their main website, which is a far more convenient place to shop than the widget itself. And if the visitor leaves your blog for the Mpire site, the team will get all the revenue.

And finally, I am sure eBay is already working on adding affiliate codes to their widgets (if they already don’t have this functionality) and it is probably just a matter of time before this happens. By offering affiliate incentive now, Mpire takes the lead and uses it as an advantage in this difficult competition against such a heavy lifter as eBay.

Conclusion

Mpire widgets is a very strong and functionally rich offering that will enhance many shopping related websites/blogs and will bring additional revenue to the owners. Setting up a widget doesn’t require registration which is also a plus. In addition, the widgets are an excellent branding tool for Mpire to promote their main website. I will be curious to see how this offering affects Mpire ranking in my monthly list of popular price comparison websites.



Ode to my sponsors, Mpire and CouponWinner

Mpire T-ShirtAlright, alright, you might be getting used to seeing my face during commercial breaks. This is yet another opportunity, thanks to Matt Hulett from Mpire who sent me this t-shirt.

ProBargainHunter turned 6 months end of March and so far I have been enjoying it very much. The blog now has a total of 188 posts and, thanks to you, 665 comments. Just imagine how many ideas and money saving tips could have gone unnoticed. It is good to have a place to share them all!

Mpire

Mpire is a price comparison engine for bargain hunting freaks like myself. I wrote about them in October when I did my price comparison roundup. In a nutshell, Mpire compares prices on new and used merchandise, displays price change trends and aggregates product reviews and merchant coupons, all in one view.

They have a browser plug-in and a Hot Deals page. They also recently launched a visual shopping application, ShopWave, but judging by comments it doesn’t seem to be getting a very welcome acceptance.

CouponWinner

CouponWinner barely missed getting to my list of popular coupons sites last month. Actually, if I were to compile that list today, they would have been included since their Alexa rank improved since then.

The site, as the name suggests, is a huge collection of coupons sortable by department, merchant, popularity and expiration date. CouponWinner has been sponsoring ProBargainHunter since March 25 (that banner in the upper left corner is theirs). Give them a visit and if you like the site, drop them a note with a “Hi” from me. ;-)




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