Black Friday will soon be upon us, and wile most of us geeks will rely heavily upon our favorite sites and apps to ensure we are getting the best of the best deals out there. A new tool from The Wall Street Journal, of all places, will offer a new way at tracking deals and seeing what stores are offering the best pricing.
As we well know stores adjust their holiday pricing on many items, especially online shops, at any given moment. This is where the WSJ Christmas Sale Tracker comes in. It will allow you’ll to be able to see when and where to get the best deals on the items tacked. It will also offer a chart showing recent pricing trend which will help give consumers clues about which chains are competing most aggressively for sales.
According to the WSJ the tracker will collect prices once an hour from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 to determine the best times to buy those products, how early retailers offer their best deals and how quickly rivals match lower offers. The Christmas Sale Tracker will also track availability of popular items and show when they are out of stock or unavailable, an important indicator to watch during the holiday season, when retailers can lower prices on a small selection of sought-after goods to draw shoppers to their websites.
Unfortunately the tracker will only monitor a handful of the 'hottest' holiday items, so we can't rely on it for all of our Black Friday needs. But it should help provide a snap shot of which stores we may find the best deals at. For tracking other Black Friday sales we recommend visiting a few of our geeky favorites like: SlickDeals Black Friday Forum, DealNews, or FatWallet.com. For those looking for apps we suggest using the following: Sazze Inc Black Friday Ads (also on iTunes) or the FatWallet Black Friday App (also on iTunes).