This is my first time using zoolert. Signed up because every Christmas one of my grandchildren seem to request something that is so-oo popular that it becomes unavailable. This year it is the Wii Epic Mickey Paintbrush Nunchuk Controller to use with the Wii Epic Mickey game. My email alert from zoolert shows $19.99 and directs me to Amazon. Well Amazon did have these a few weeks ago but not for $19.99, I believe they were around $40 - $45. Then they became unavailable. Today when my zoolert sends me to Amazon they have 32 new from $53.99 ????? Then looking at where they are available from there are 25 offers and the prices start at $53.99 to $999.99 (?????). Would anyone in their right mind pay $999.99 for a $19.99 item? And why would Amazon sell a $19.99 item for the $40 - $45 when they had them available?
We would never, ever, ever ... ever suggest you buy from Amazon when the prices are inflated.
But... here's what happened.
This may help :
Tips on shopping on amazon.com - finding the direct price.
You see, when we alerted, Amazon DID have it in stock... And, sold by amazon.
Now... here's the catch.
From the time we saw it, sent the alert, you got it (which could have been seconds to minutes to hours.. depends on so many factors... the internet, when you check your email / alerts... etc etc)...
When Amazon sells out, it ONLY displays 3rd party sellers.
As you know, third party sellers are at a higher price than Amazon.
So, if Amazon is sold out, you will only see third party sellers.
How many did Amazon have in stock when we alerted?
Unfortunately, we just don't know. Maybe 1. Maybe 100. Maybe 2,182.
But, I can tell you with full confidence it WAS there when we alerted.
Does that help?
Let me know!
This tip may also help too :
How to better your chances of finding hard to find stuff in stock
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The text alerts are a great alternative.
You don't have to be tied to your desk and most people these days have a phone that you can just go, click the included link in the alerts, and be on your way to a happy purchase.
Thanks for recommending that too!
Email can be a tough one.. we don't know when people will see the alert
Most people do carry their phones with them however at all times.
BTW, that text alert is new this year (like you probably know)... Let us know if there is any way we can improve it.
I know we need to strip some of the SUBJ: FROM: nonsense, but, we put it in place when we started putting it together and didn't have enough time to pull it out AND fully test it.
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