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Black Friday deals – I use these tools to distinguish deals from flops.

I’ve been covering Black Friday deals for over a decade now, so I have a pretty good idea of ​​what’s a great deal and what’s not. But that doesn’t mean I don’t need a little help along the way.

There are two key tools that I use during the holiday season to help our readers make sure what we’re curating are legitimate Black Friday or Cyber ​​Monday deals. The first is CamelCamelCamel and the second is the Amazon Assistant plugin for Chrome.

Here’s a rundown of what these tools offer and why you should add them to your arsenal.

Camel Camel Camel

Apple TV 4K 2021: CamelCamelCamel price history

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If you haven’t tried CamelCamelCamel yet, you should definitely do so. This website makes it very easy to see the price history for a given product so you really know if what you are seeing is just a decent discount or the lowest price ever.

Take the 2021 Apple TV 4K, which just dropped to $79 on Amazon. (will open in a new tab) in an early Black Friday deal. All you have to do is enter the Amazon URL for the product page and CamelCamelCamel will give you a price history chart. And in this case, we see that the $79 price offered on November 23 is indeed the lowest ever.

The site will also tell you the current price, the highest price, the lowest price, and the average price. The site will even display third party price history, although it won’t tell you which ones.

If you don’t want to visit the website every time you’re interested, you can also download the Camelizer extension. (will open in a new tab) in Chrome or Edge browser. Whether you’re using the site or the extension, you can enter your email address to receive price alerts.

Amazon Assistant for Chrome

LG C2 OLED Amazon Assistant Deal

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Another shopping comparison tool I need during Black Friday is Amazon Assistant. (will open in a new tab) extension for Chrome. This tool kicks in whenever I browse a product on Best Buy or Walmart, telling me instantly if it’s on Amazon at a lower price or not.

For example, I was looking for ideas for our Black Friday TV deal page and came across the $1299 LG C2 OLED at Best Buy with $300 off. The Amazon Assistant tool showed up and told me it had the same set for $1296. So in this case, Amazon had a slightly better price.

Then I checked out the $228 Sony WH-1000XM4 at Walmart. (will open in a new tab)and it turns out that Amazon (will open in a new tab) available at the same low price. You don’t have to open multiple tabs or windows to see who has the lowest price, and you can see Amazon’s starting rank and even add an item to your cart if you like, right from the extension dropdown.

It’s worth noting that the extension doesn’t take into account coupon codes, which you may need to enter manually during the checkout process. However, it is still an indispensable tool for consumers, especially during the holidays. (Be sure to check out our coupon guides for other ways to save this holiday season.)

bottom line

Shopping during Black Friday is quite hectic as deals come from all directions. But you can save time (and money) by using CamelCamelCamel and the Amazon Assistant plugin.

If you need more help, we round up the best Amazon Black Friday deals for you, along with Best Buy Black Friday deals and Walmart Black Friday deals.

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