Monday, August 28, 2006

Online Shopping and Auction Price Comparison via Pricepirates

Pricepirates is a new software product that acts as a price comparison tool for items listed for auction on up to thirteen worldwide eBay sites with the items up for sale in thousands of online stores. The latter are found via and

I've taken the program for a test drive, and found that it installs easily and runs smoothly. When installing, you let the software know which eBay sites you want set as your default searches (you can always change them later), and the program does the rest. Just type what you're looking for into the search field, and within seconds (depending on your internet connection, of course), you'll have a plethora of eBay listings in front of you. There's also a tab for eBay store listings.

Well, of course you could do that yourself, at eBay! But now you hit the next tab, "Price Comparison," and hit "search" to see what Pricepirates will find for the same item. (Having to hit "search" independently on each tab is the one minor nit that I'll pick with the program. There might be a way to have "search" universally apply to all tabs, but I haven't found it.) Now you'll know what your highest bid for any item on eBay should be, since you know what you'll be able to get it for on other sites.

There's also an integrated web search tab, so you can find products outside of the channels that the Pricepirates software checks.

Another important thing about the software is that it is freeware, and has no spyware or adware in it.

Here's a list of features that the Pricepirates software provides:

* Auction search in up to 13 eBay countries * Price comparison at thousands of online stores * Ingenious search options * Statistics function for online auctions * Auction watchlist * Smart search option for bargains on eBay * Integrated Web search * Alert function reminds you of auctions ending soon * Free SMS reminders to your mobile * Look at auction gallery pictures straight from the program * Adjustable background search with saved parameters * Automatic program updates * Freeware! No spyware, no ads, no popups! * Free support via Web site and e-mail



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