April 11th, 2008
Just released today, price drop notifications are now active on your wishlists. There is a new option on your settings page which allows you to adjust the frequency with which you’ll be notified about price drops (or turn them off altogether).
We designed this feature to be as simple as possible. There aren’t a ton of options to configure - you just decide how often you want to be notified. It works like this:
- Every day Wishlisting’s spider goes out and checks for price updates on wishes across the site. It doesn’t search stuff you have, just stuff you want.
- If we find the price is substantially lower than it was when you found it first, we’ll notify you.
- We won’t notify you again on that item until the price drops again, to a price that was substantially lower than the last price we e-mailed you about.
- If multiple items on your wishlist drop in price, they’ll be grouped together in a single e-mail.
So… what does “substantially lower” mean? For the time being, it means:
- A 25% drop (or more) in price for wishes under $100 ($1 minimum)
- A 10% drop (or more) in price for wishes over $100
We’ve done some testing and found that this seems to weed out price drops that aren’t interesting, and keep the e-mail down to a minimum. Hopefully the only mail you’ll get is useful mail. In the future, we may make all of this configurable. For now, the feature is dead simple. So… please let us know what you think!