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Apps Pinpoint Best Times to Shop Online

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RICHMOND (WRIC)—Mega-retailer Amazon.com, where so many of us shop online, changes its prices a staggering number of times a day. That leaves holiday shoppers wondering, when is the best time to buy?

Christmas Day is just over a week away, and many of us are still hunting for the best online deals. But if you blink, you just might miss one.

New analyses show that Amazon.com, which has a distribution center in Chesterfield County, changes its prices an eye-popping 2.5 million times each day.

For example, ABC News used the Amazon price tracker, Keepa, and found that a particular Bulova watch was $750 on Amazon.com on Friday evening. Just two minutes later, the price plummeted to $510, and eight hours after that, it was down to $418.

Walmart and Best Buy changed their prices more than 50,000 times during the month of November.

The best time to buy may be in the middle of the night. The bottom line is, while you're filling up that online shopping cart, take a few minutes to download a pricing app to your smartphone.

 

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