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Wishlists are updating again!

September 30, 2016 at 8:46 AM.

Wishlist updating is working again, and has been working for many weeks. Sorry for the lack of a blog post on the subject!

Wishlist Updating is Broken!

August 7, 2016 at 8:46 AM.

All wishlist importing and synchronization is broken at the moment, and will take some time to fix. We will let you know when it is working again. Sorry for the inconvenience, but it is just not a simple / quick fix this time.

We hope you are all having a great summer! (Or winter, for our rare Aussie users.)

Warning About a New Scam

July 26, 2016 at 5:46 PM.

There has recently arisen a scam by unscrupulous third party merchants on Amazon. As this scam impacts our users, we thought you would like to hear about it.

The idea is simple. The seller lists a product for much lower than other sellers, then says "please contact me before purchasing" in the description of their offer. This is a red flag. Every part of a transaction on Amazon needs to take place through Amazon, so that the communication can be reviewed for compliance with their terms of service. When you take a transaction offsite, you lose Amazon's protection and risk being scammed.

In this case, you contact the seller and they tell you to send them untraceable cash or cash replacements (ie, gift cards). And of course you end up with no product.

So the lesson here is, avoid all offers that request you contact the seller before purchasing, and absolutely do not complete any transactions offsite; don't checkout through Paypal, don't checkout through the merchant's own site...these things will likely cause you to lose Amazon's protection.

Stay safe out there! And please report all instances of this scam to Amazon directly; the more often they hear about it, the more quickly they will take action.

Now with 3rd party Prime alerts

July 8, 2016 at 6:25 PM.

We launched a new feature today that many of you have been asking for for a long time. We're now alerting on some Prime eligible 3rd party prices. If you're tracking the Amazon price type for a product and we see that there is a 3rd party price that is Prime eligible and is priced lower than your desired price (and the Amazon offer is not already lower than your desired price), we'll alert you.

There is a caveat with 3rd party Prime alerting. We can't see all 3rd party Prime offers. We can only see the lowest price 3rd party offer and in many instances this is not a Prime offer. Prime offers may exist at a higher price level, but we can't see them. But we figured that alerting on a significant number of 3rd party Prime offers was better than zero. So keep an eye out for our new alerts and read more about how 3rd party Prime alerts work.

The Camelizer v2.8.2 is out! Updates for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

April 28, 2016 at 2:55 PM.

We have released version 2.8.2 of our browser extension, The Camelizer for all three browsers. This update should resolve the problems our users have been seeing in Europe where Amazon has implemented HTTPS for all pages on their sites and broken the extension. We have added support for secure pages, so everything should be back to normal.

Download The Camelizer v2.8.2 by selecting your browser: Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. (Chrome and Firefox should auto-update if you already have it installed.)

Our price history charts now display dotted lines when items are out of stock! Plus, 8 years of the Camels.

April 22, 2016 at 7:43 PM.

8 years ago, in April 2008 -- after a grueling 4 month development period -- we opened camelcamelcamel.com to the public. To celebrate this milestone, today we have launched a feature that has been requested as often as it has been back-burnered: our Amazon price history charts now display when products are out of stock!

Why the delay? Honestly, it never really seemed as important as other things on our ever-growing to-do list. But we were recently informed that it may be more important than we realized, so we set to work implementing it. And, after a few weeks of development, now it is time to launch it.

For our users, this is a fairly simple change: there are no new interface elements or options to learn. Whenever a product goes out of stock, it is now reflected in our charts as a horizontal dotted line. Here's an example chart that highlights the new feature:

Hopefully you find this late addition is useful! Please email us if you notice any problems with our charts. And thanks to all our users, new and old, for allowing us to work on a project we love for so many years. It is truly a privilege to do what we love, and to have such an appreciative and helpful group of users.

Here's hoping we make it to the decade mark!

Aftermath of our move...

April 17, 2016 at 10:30 PM.

It's done! We have successfully moved into our new (new) datacenter. We didn't lose a single piece of hardware during the transition, and it was a fairly quick install process. The drive, on the other hand, was a bit grueling to do twice in 24 hours, but worth it for a more stable Camel environment.

Thanks to everyone who uses our site for being so patient during these last few weeks of spotty uptime. Things should be better now (although we do expect to take things offline for maintenance in the near future). We also appreciated everyone on Twitter who wished us good luck in the move, it was great to check in with you from the road during fuel / leg stretching stops.

We are looking forward to a much more stable rest of the year. Thank you for supporting us.

Website outages, server maintenance...please read!

April 15, 2016 at 10:18 AM.

Our datacenter has been very unreliable lately; partially their fault, partially their neighbors. Regardless, we can't live through any more outages, so we are moving our servers to a new facility this weekend.

Camel users should expect terrible service until Monday morning, pacific time. Terrible service means: site outages, lack of product updates / price alerts, broken browser extensions, etc.

Sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully this is the last move (and major outage) we ever experience.

Please check either @camelfarmer or @camelcamelcamel for updates, as that is the easiest place for us to post them while we move.

Camelizer for Safari v2.4.5 Released!

February 1, 2016 at 2:33 PM.

We recently discovered that our Safari extension wasn't working on Amazon.ca! We very humbly request your forgiveness for this oversight, and have launched a new version to fix the problem.

Download it here: Camelizer v2.4.5 for Safari.

Finding Offers not in the Buy Box

January 14, 2016 at 12:48 PM.

Amazon is increasingly using 3rd party retailers to deliver competitive pricing across more and more products. These 3rd party offers aren't always shown in the Buy Box on the Amazon product page so you might have to dig a little to find them on Amazon.com. To make that digging a little easier we've added a link to the offers page for products having more than one seller. The offers page may be where that extra-low price is hanging out that you don't immediately see in the Buy Box when you visit Amazon. Check out the offers support page for more details on finding additional offers on Amazon.

2015 Holiday Shopping Guide

November 10, 2015 at 7:11 AM.

Here is the camelcamelcamel guide to 2015's key holiday shopping dates at Amazon.



Christmas deals will be running from October 26th to December 13th, with Amazon offering delivery-by-Christmas up until around December 20th, depending on your location.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday


Black Friday has become a full week in recent years, and is happening from November 23rd to November 29th. This will be capped off by Cyber Monday on November 30th. In the past, there has been a lot of deal offerings coming out of Amazon, so be ready to scour their listings for the gems. Expect lots of items that make great gifts: toys for kids, electronics and video games, etc.

Boxing Day & New Year


For shoppers in (current and former) Commonwealth countries, there will be a Boxing Day sale running from December 21st to the 31st.

Finally, Amazon will be holding various New Year-related sales events during the first two weeks of January 2016. Look for products related to New Year Resolutions, like exercise equipment.

Amazon Prime

November 9, 2015 at 8:34 AM.

Amazon Prime is a very useful program for Amazon shoppers. Please select your country below to learn more about your local program.

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is our membership program that offers special benefits for just $99 per year. Benefits include:

  • FREE Two-Day shipping with Amazon Prime
  • Watch unlimited movies and TV shows with Prime Video
  • Unlimited music streaming
  • Free unlimited photo storage
  • Shop Amazon Lightning Deals and MyHabit.com
  • A Prime membership includes over 800,000 free ebooks

Start your 30-day free trial

If you sign up for Amazon Prime through these links, we may receive a small referral fee from Amazon. This is how we fund our site. Thank you for your support!

Intermittent connectivity issues...

October 4, 2015 at 11:28 AM.

High winds have damaged AT&T's fiber optic lines near Sacramento, CA, causing our network to be somewhat unreliable since last night. Crews are apparently already out there repairing the lines, but it will probably be quite a few hours before things settle down.

Sorry for the inconvenience, we are not thrilled about it, either.

A summary of our server move!

September 22, 2015 at 5:43 PM.

You may have noticed the downtime this week...we packed up our servers and moved them to a new location! Click the link below to read all the juicy details.

Read on...

Things are still a bit funky, but site is back online!

September 18, 2015 at 10:11 PM.

We will write a full blog post about the server move later on, but for now we have some news to share.

The move went well! No major issues, just the usual configuration aches and pains that come with the territory... That being said, we will not be updating any products until tomorrow morning, to ensure that things don't crash overnight. We've been up at 4am and in bed at midnight for two days straight, so we are ready for some good sleep.

Tomorrow morning (September 19, 2015 Pacific) we will turn product updates back on. That is the final piece of our infrastructure that remains offline. Thank you for your patience; we hope this move will put us in a very reliable place for the upcoming holiday shopping season.

Our site will be down on Friday, September 18th.

September 16, 2015 at 8:35 PM.

On the morning (PST) of Friday, September 18th, 2015, we will be moving our servers to a new datacenter. With backups, securely loading the servers into vehicles, driving the three hours to the new datacenter, unloading, and installing and configuring the servers, we expect this will take most of the day. Fortunately, Friday is the slowest day of the week here at the Camel Farm, so this hopefully won't be too big an inconvenience.

We will be posting updates to the homepage as the move progresses. Please join us in the crossing of fingers, and hope for the best!

See you on the other side...

Camelet: A bookmarklet for camelcamelcamel

September 14, 2015 at 9:25 AM.

We launched a tiny but handy new feature yesterday.   Camelet is a bookmarklet that brings you from an Amazon product page to the camelcamelcamel product page with one click.  Even though we already have an extension (the camelizer) that allows similar functionality, we thought this bookmarklet might be easier to install and use for some people.  In fact, install and use can be illustrated by one animated gif.


You just drag some camels to your browser’s bookmark bar and then it’s installed.  Then whenever you’re on an Amazon product page you can click those camels to get to camelcamelcamel’s product page for that item.  In addition, there’s a nifty feature that injects 3 little camel icons into pages you’re viewing that link to Amazon like so.


So if you’re on a non-Amazon site that mentions an Amazon product and links to it, we’ll create some direct links to camelcamelcamel product pages for you. If you click the bookmarklet again (or on any other page) it just acts like a regular bookmark and takes you to camelcamelcamel’s homepage.

So check out camelet and connect to camelcamelcamel faster.

New Features: Smile & Watchform Simplification

August 14, 2014 at 1:12 PM.

We’ve just launched two new features this morning.  

Many of you have requested we support Smile: Amazon’s new charitable contribution option for purchases through Amazon US.  With Smile you can choose a charitable organization to give 0.5% of the price of your (eligible) Amazon US purchase to.  In order for the contribution to happen though you need to check out through smile.amazon.com.  Our new Smile feature directs all of your links to Amazon’s Smile site if you choose to enable it.  The feature is available to logged in camelcamelcamel users on your account settings page.

The second feature we’ve launched is a simplified price watch form.  We’ve (optionally) hidden some of the lesser used fields in the watch form design.  The watch form now simply asks for your desired price on a product/price-type combo (i.e. Amazon, 3rd Party etc…).  You can switch to the detailed form whenever you like to see the optional fields (like label and Twitter notification) by using the buttons at the bottom right of any price watch page.  Email and Twitter settings for watches will default to your account settings again listed on the account settings page.

Camelizer for Chrome: Back in the Chrome Store!

April 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

After a few days of sadness, Google finally re-published our Chrome extension!  Grab it here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/the-camelizer-amazon-pric/ghnomdcacenbmilgjigehppbamfndblo?hl=en

Camelizer for Chrome: (Temporarily?) Removed from Chrome Store

April 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM.

Google removed The Camelizer from its extension gallery yesterday without notifying us as to why.  We have contacted them and resubmitted the extension for approval, but nothing has changed yet.  We hope it was a simple misunderstanding and that our extension will be back to its former glory soon.

In the meantime, we are very sorry for the inconvenience this is causing everyone who is trying to install it.

Updated: The Camelizer for Safari

February 19, 2014 at 12:06 PM.

Although Apple has apparently decided we’re not worth including in their Safari extensions gallery, we have kept The Camelizer for Safari up-to-date with its Chrome and Firefox siblings, and have just updated our site with the latest version.

Grab The Camelizer v2.4.4 for Safari here!

The Camelizer Now Works with Firefox 27!

February 13, 2014 at 1:14 PM.

Mozilla pushed our latest Camelizer update into their gallery last night.  This update resolves the incompatibility issues between the extension and Firefox 27.

Please let us know if you continue experiencing problems with FF27 after upgrading the Camelizer.


Triple Alerts Issue Resolved

January 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM.

Overnight, we had a software glitch that resulted in each price drop alert being sent three times.  As of about noon Pacific time, this issue has been resolved.  Sorry to annoy you!

The Camels Will Be Down For Maintenance Tonight!

November 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM.

All Camel sites and browser extensions will be offline for a couple of hours on Monday, November 18th, as we improve the power / UPS situation in our datacenter.

Sorry for the inconvenience but this maintenance is very necessary!

The Camels Will Be Down For Maintenance on Oct. 25

October 21, 2013 at 8:58 AM.

We have some major upgrades to perform on our servers and code, and have chosen to do so on the (Pacific time) evening of Friday, October 25th.

All Camel sites and browser extensions will be offline for a minimum of a few hours while we do this work.  Hopefully our chosen date and time minimizes the inconvenience for most people, as traffic should be relatively low on a Friday evening (and we’ll have the weekend to work through any bugs that pop up.)

Thank you for your continued support!  We will see you on the other side.