The recent announcement that Hukkster will be closing its doors left me desperate for a new tool to assist in bargain hunting. If you aren’t already familiar, Hukkster was an browser extension, website, and application that allowed you to bookmark potential purchases and it would alert you via email or text message (your choice) when those items went on sale. It garnered attention when the Winklevoss twins, famous for their supposed contributions to Facebook and well-known lawsuit of Zuckerberg, invested in the company.
I’m a skilled bargain hunter and Hukkster became a necessary tool for buying coveted items that were usually above my budget. I struggled to find a replacement until I tweeted my dismay and two companies replied me (thank goodness for businesses using Twitter wisely). I’ve tried each of them out, and here’s my review of them.
This website is nearly identical to Hukkster without some of the bugs that the now closed company had (such as not being able to properly load). Once you’ve downloaded their browser extension, click it whenever you find a product you like and a price you don’t. You can select how much the product much be discounted by before you’re alerted to its reduced price. In comparison, Hukkster had presets you had to select from.
My few complaints: it divides popular products by gender lines. This is bothersome because (1) I often shop menswear due to its lower prices, higher quality, and unisex style, and (2) I have friends who are transgender and struggle to find apparel within the boundaries that society has set for them. Additionally, it doesn’t allow you to add products to lists to keep items organized and there are no options to send alerts via text or email.
This is also nearly identical to Hukkster. Its only options for price change alerts are when the cost is reduced at any amount or at 25% (even Hukkster had more options than that). A great option is that you can earn gift cards to popular stores (Amazon and ASOS are among them) by inviting your friends to use ShopTagr. (Here’s my code: http://shopt.me/yscic)
Much like Hukkster, ShopTgr allows lists (which Covvet doesn’t). I used these in Hukkster to determine what I wanted for myself versus a family member, friend, or significant other.
This service also divides popular items by gender lines and asks you to specify your gender upon sign-up. Therefore, the complaint above still applies. The alert options do not involve emails or texts either. Boo-hoo.
The Winner Is…
Undecided. I know that’s not the answer you want to hear, but it will be determined by which service is connected to more websites. I have yet to use either one extensively enough to decide, so once the winner is clear, there will be an updated post.
Another Valuable Service: BuyHappy
This company alerts you when another retailer is offering the same product at a better price. A slightly different service that grew in the same incubator as Covvet. I just began using it and haven’t seen the full results yet, but it’s worth a try.
My initial complaint: It isn’t available for Safari (I realize I’m the minority here but it would still be nice). If you’re a Chrome or Firefox fanatic, you’re all set!
What’s your vote?
Tell me in the comments below and feel free to tweet me anytime!