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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.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/the-camelizer-price-history-ch/


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.


The Camelizer v2.3.1 for Firefox is Out!

August 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM.

Mozilla finally reviewed the newest version of our Firefox addon, the Camelizer.  It brings to Firefox the same features its Chrome sibling has had for a while (the ability to create price watches from within the extension, being a major one) and also addresses the complaints many users had about the user interface of v2.2.  Users can now choose which style of UI they prefer, via the addon’s setting page within Firefox.

Download The Camelizer v2.3.1 here!  And please leave us a review so we know what you think, and can continue improving our addon.


Our Site is Now Available in Spanish

August 29, 2013 at 12:18 PM.

Cameler Lee spent a lot of time over the last couple of months upgrading every single page on our site to support internationalization.  As a result, we’re proud to launch our first site-wide translation: Camels in Spanish!

To change your default language, simply click the link at the bottom of any page on our site.  We plan on adding more – like French, Italian, Germany, etc – soon, and are excited to provide the site in many of our users’ native languages.


Twitter Alerts Are Working Again!

June 26, 2013 at 4:37 PM.

Apparently, Twitter deactivated the version of its API which we were using to send price drop alerts via tweets.  It took us about two weeks, and  some user complaints, to figure this out, but we just launched a fix and tweets are again being delivered.

Our sincere thanks to the users who emailed us about this problem!  We very much appreciate when people take the time to let us know when something is broken.


The Camelizer for Internet Explorer - Alpha

June 13, 2013 at 7:25 PM.

Our friend Joshua Teitelbaum wrote a Camelizer toolbar for IE users, who surely must have felt left out of all the Camelizer fun happening in Chrome and Firefox.  It adds a Camel search box to your browser which will be automatically populated with Amazon product URLs as you view them, making it easy to jump over to our site and create price watches and/or check price histories.

Download it here!  Please remember: this is an early release, and may be buggy.  It has been virus scanned immediately before upload, and should be considered safe to install, but we recommend scanning it yourself before installing since it’s an EXE file.

Please send all bug reports to dan@shup.com.  Huge thanks to Josh for putting in the effort of writing this thing.


The Camelizer v2.3 for Chrome is Out!

June 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM.

We just launched a new version of our browser extension, The Camelizer, for Google Chrome, and the update dramatically expands its features.

First, if you’re a registered user and are logged into camelcamelcamel while you’re browsing Amazon – or our other sites and their associated retailers – The Camelizer will be aware of this and show you as logged in.  This allows us to do some neat things, like…

Price watch creation and editing, and wishlist importing, is now built-in!  You can do these things from within the extension; there’s no longer a need to go to our site to track products or import your wishlists.  All price watches created by registered users will show up in their account on our site.

And, as our site has allowed since it was launched, The Camelizer also allows people without Camel accounts to create price watches.  Just put in your email address and we’ll alert you when the price drops.

We hope these features make The Camelizer even more useful to all of its users.  If you happen to find a bug, we would definitely appreciate if you could drop us a line and tell us about it.  (We like hearing that things are working great, too!)

Thanks to our newest team member, Lee, who has only been with us six months but is making a massive, positive contribution to the Camels, and is the one responsible for this excellent new version of The Camelizer!

Download The Camelizer v2.3 here if you don’t have it, otherwise Chrome will update the extension automatically.


Camelegg Needs Your Help!

May 7, 2013 at 7:54 AM.

Since Newegg kicked us out of their affiliate program, we’ve had to find new ways to obtain their data.  This means we are currently unable update existing products, add new products to our database, and send Newegg-related email alerts.  Newegg just cut off the last method we found, so now we’ve got to beg our users for help.

If you’re an affiliate of Newegg and would like to help us out, please email Dan (http://camelcamelcamel.com/contact).  All you have to do is export a Newegg data feed for us; we don’t need access to your affiliate account or anything like that.

Thanks!  Hopefully someone will save Camelegg from death soon.


Google Logins Are Working Again

April 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM.

Google recently updated their system, and that broke our login code.  We’ve just launched an update that should allow our users to login with their Google account again.


New Email and Registration-related Features

March 30, 2013 at 8:39 PM.

We just launched a site update that we hope will make the sign-up process less confusing.  Formerly, users had to verify ownership of their email address before they could even login; this resulted in many confused users emailing us, thinking the site and/or their account was broken.  Now, users can login directly after signing up and will be reminded to verify their email address before they can receive price drop alerts.

Verification is also much easier, as users can simply reply to the “welcome to our site” email we send after registration, and our system will receive the email reply and activate the account.  If you don’t receive the email, you can request another be sent, or you can simply send a message to verify@mail.camelcamelcamel.com from your Camel account’s email address and your account will be activated.

Along with that excellent bit of 90’s technology, we have added another email feature.  Users can now reply to our price drop alerts with “delete” or “unsubscribe” in the body of the reply, and our system will delete the price watch that generated the alert.

We hope these changes will make our site easier to use.  Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.  As always, we love to hear from you.


The Forums Are Back!

March 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM.

Our recent network upgrade broke our support forums.  They are now back online!  We apologize for the inconvenience caused to those users who tried to access them during the outage, and appreciate those who reported the problem via email!


Carousels Everywhere

February 27, 2013 at 1:45 PM.

Another stealthy update found its was onto the site today.  We added carousels to all of the row-style products layouts (like what you see on the homepage).  Now when there are more products to display beyond 5 you can click on the right arrow and reveal more.  It’s a tiny enhancement, but we think it helps with navigation.

In other news, we had a bug on the site for non US locales.  It was just a silly javascript error regarding tool tips, but because it failed so inelegantly non-US users saw no images at all on the homepage for a while there.  Sorry WORLD!


Quick Popular Update

February 4, 2013 at 1:51 PM.

People love using the top drop filters on the homepage, so we decided to add them to the popular list on the homepage as well.  Browse the latest Amazon deals by category without suffering the agonies of an additional page view.  Of course, on the homepage you can only see 5 popular products at a time.  The full on popular page is still the place to go for the firehose that is Amazon popular deals.


The Camelizer v2.2 Update

January 30, 2013 at 2:13 PM.

We’ve just released a new version of The Camelizer, our price tracking browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari.  Here are the highlights of the changes we made.

Firefox

This is a big release for Firefox users, as we’ve completely redesigned the extension’s user interface to match that of our Chrome extension.  The result?  No more “add-on bar” buttons to deal with, no more huge Camelizer display at the bottom of your Firefox window, and no more memory leaks (we hope).

“Other Products”

Previous versions of The Camelizer only worked on product detail pages on retailer sites; that is, the Camel icon would only appear if the user was browsing a product page.  This has changed with v2.2, as The Camelizer now detects all products in retailer pages and displays a list of said products, allowing the user to view the price history of any product in a page.  Our extensions will still avoid doing anything on HTTPS pages, to ensure your privacy and browser security are maintained.

To try this new feature, visit any retailer page, like Amazon’s homepage, and click the Camel icon.  You will be shown the “other products” tab which lists all of the products found in the page.  Clicking a product link will display the familiar price history chart.  And a “product page” link will appear inside The Camelizer’s window next to the tabs, linking you to the product’s Amazon page.

Chart Options

We introduced chart options – such as price type, date range, etc – in The Camelizer v2.0.  In this release, we’ve enhanced them a bit.

First of all, your chart options are now saved.  This means the price types and date range you choose will stay the same between uses of the extension.  This is useful for people who only care about used products and/or recent price changes; they no longer have to change their settings every time they use The Camelizer.

As seen in the screenshot below, we’ve also made the date range options a bit smarter by disabling those options which fall outside our available data.

Download The Camelizer v2.2


Community Deals

January 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM.

After a month or so of beta testing, we’ve just launched a new section of our site called Community Deals.  Here are the details on the new features, and some links to help you get started.

What is Community Deals?

Community Deals provides a way for Camel users to discover and vote on products which they think are good deals.  The products people submit to Community Deals are listed by day, with the highest-ranked products at the top of the list.  Our hope is that the most interesting deals float to the top of the list, making Community Deals a constantly evolving list of deals that will be useful and interesting to participate in and browse.

How to Use it

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Adding a deal to the list is easy.  If a product is eligible – it has to be in stock and sold directly by Amazon, and the price needs to be within 5% of our lowest recorded price for the product – just click the thumbs up icon at the top of the product page and the product will appear in the Suggested Deals list.

Once a product is in that list, other users can vote on it.  If it receives enough votes, it will appear in the Latest Deals and/or Hot Deals list.  The former is a list of deals that have a minimum score, and the latter is a list of the best deals in our system.

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What’s Next?

We have a lot of ideas for Community Deals.  First of all, we want to make it easier to submit products, and will be adding the thumbs up button in various places around the site; anywhere we think there’s a good deal, we’ll show the thumb.

Depending on how you use it, we may also make Suggested Deals a list which is automatically populated and provides a list of potential deals for users to up-vote.

We plan to implement these and other changes over the next few weeks / months, so expect lots of changes in the near future!  And if you’ve got any suggestions or bug reports, please contact us!  We love hearing from our users.

Try It!

Here are some links to Community Deals in each locale we support.


Product Browser Enhancements

January 21, 2013 at 8:57 AM.

Last night, we upgraded our product browser.  Searches that used to take seconds now take milliseconds, making it much more responsive.  The following chart shows just how much the changes improved things:

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Camelutionary!


Popular Categories

January 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM.

We’ve added category filters to the popular products page now (as many of you have suggested).  The days of ambiguously grouped deal browsing have ended!  If you’re a video game fan check out the latest video game deals without being subject to all those fantastic baby deals at the same time.

We’re using Amazon’s categories here, so hopefully they look somewhat familiar to you.  There are the occasional oddly categorized product or two (which we’re working on smartly re-categorizing), but this should still be a much nicer way to get a peak at popular products that fit your interests.  As always, let us know what you think!


Wishlist Synchronization Fixed

January 9, 2013 at 3:52 PM.

Our recent infrastructure upgrade (a fiber optic internet line in our office / datacenter) broke wishlist synchronization.  We have just fixed this, and you should see your wishlists being updated again starting tonight (during our scheduled synchronization).

Thanks to all of our users who emailed us about this issue, and sorry we didn’t get it fixed sooner.


Homepage Redesign & Product Page Enhancements

January 4, 2013 at 9:24 AM.

After a little downtime last night we introduced a small pile of design changes for the homepage as well as some product page enhancements.  

The new homepage design uses our popular page styled product layout to display logged in users’ recent alerts and recent interests as well as a snapshot of currently popular products and top drops.  There is also a new dashboard status display for the products we’re tracking for you.

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The new homepage design is an attempt to do a better job highlighting your price alerts and price watches when you first arrive at the site. Previously we were featuring top drops front and center on the homepage. Top drops are neat, but you’re probably more interested in seeing the status of products you’re already tracking when you first arrive at the site.  Top drops now lives a little further down the page.  

Site users who haven’t created an account yet miss out on a lot of these new design goodies, so definitely consider creating a camel account if you haven’t already.

On the product pages we’ve added similar product discovery near the bottom of the page. For example, you’re shopping for an axe on the Internet again.  You probably also need some of these things too:

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More realistically, the similar products might sometimes point you to products that are good compliments or accessories for the featured product.  We’re not really sure how you guys will use this yet, but we’re hoping it’s helpful.

Let us know what you think about these new changes!


The Camelizer v2.0 for Safari

December 21, 2012 at 6:37 PM.

We just launched the official version of the Safari flavor of our browser extension, The Camelizer.  It includes some new charting options – like changing the date range and choosing which price types to display – which will be making their way to the Chrome and Firefox variants in the near future.

Grab the Safari version on our Camelizer page.

(Thanks to our new employee, Lee, for making this dream a reality.)

Happy holidays!


Delayed Product Updates (Thanks, Comcast)

November 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM.

Our ISP, Comcast, has had incredibly poor service for the last two nights.  So poor, in fact, that we can’t download much or any product data from Amazon.  Last night’s outage lasted about 12 hours.  Tonight’s outage began at 8pm Pacific (oddly, the same time it began last night) and is ongoing.  This is why we currently aren’t sending (m)any alerts.

As soon as Comcast decides we’re worthy of some tech support, we will get things back online.  Until then, we can’t do much except continue to harass them into helping us.  Sorry for the inconvenience; we dislike this situation as much as you do.

Update - 2012-11-29

As of 12am Pacific time, we were back online.


How Our Price Checking System Works (Part 2)

October 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM.

This post is a follow-up to the original, How Our Price Checking System Works.  Please read that if you would like more information on the details of our system; this post is primarily an update on the product updating statistics contained therein.

This time around, we’re going to post statistics from October 2012.  As with the previous article, these numbers apply only to our Amazon site.

Amazon Price Checking Statistics

In October 2012, Amazon, very graciously, vastly increased our ability to update product data.  (Thank you, Amazon!)  Here’s what our statistics look like with our enhanced ability to access product data.  As of this writing, we currently have about 8.5 million products in our database (aka ~2.3 million products added since last December).  For reference, here’s a link to our Dec 2011 stats.

Amazon Price Checking Statistics as of 2012-10-29

The first and best thing to take away from that?  We are updating 8.5 million Amazon products every single day!  And many of those, including those our users are tracking, receive updates multiple times per day.

Those numbers also expose the fact that we should be doing better in some locales.  The “untracked” products in Japan and Germany, for example, are taking quite a while to update relative to the number of products in each.  That should be temporary, however, as we have just ordered some new servers which can better serve those locales.

Overall, we are thrilled with these numbers and hope they indicate the level of service you can expect throughout the coming holiday season.  We’ve managed to expand our product database while updating products more often, and that is incredible given that it’s the first time we’ve been able to make such a claim!


Camel Popularity

October 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM.

We’ve just launched a new page showing some of the most popular products on camelcamelcamel.  The Popular Products page is created by combining the list of our most broadly tracked products with our aggregate sales reports from Amazon to build an evolving list of what’s hot on Camel at the moment (here is more on the method).

Camel’s popular page has two different modes.  First, the All Products view shows you everything popular over the period you’ve selected (1 week, 1 month or 3 months).  This mode is great for finding quality products that Camel users implicitly recommend.  Browsing the 3mo, All Products list, for instance, led me to the Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex.  I’d been looking for a printer and after reading the reviews on this one, I intend to buy it the next time it’s a good deal.

Which brings me to the second mode of operation on the popular page.  Instead of just looking at all the popular products of the moment, you can use the Deals Only button to filter the popular products by “Good Deal.”  As a quick reminder, good deals are what we label products with prices that are within 5% of the lowest price we’ve ever seen for that product/price type combo.  The “Best Price” label highlights a product/price type combo that’s at the lowest price we’ve ever seen.

So the popular page can lead you to both products that you might want to watch for price drops and products that are already great deals today.  And these lists change every day (especially the 1 week and 1 month derived popular lists), so make sure you check back often.  Hopefully the popular page will lead you to useful and affordable products at Amazon. I’m personally curious to see what shows up come Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  I have a feeling the popular page will be a good place to do some holiday shopping this year.

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