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Does Amazon have the best price? PriceJump knows

Turn off the Amazon auto-pilot and use this handy tool to make sure you're getting the best deal.

Surprise! Amazon doesn't always have the lowest price. Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

If you're anything like me, Amazon is kind of your default shopping destination. In fact, because I'm an Amazon Prime subscriber and totally hooked on free two-day shipping, there are times when I don't bother to price-compare Amazon against other online stores.

In other words: Shut up and take my money, Jeff Bezos!

Obviously that's not smart, especially for a self-proclaimed cheapskate. But who's got time to do the legwork to see if Amazon has the best price for a particular product?

You do.'s PriceJump is an ingeniously simple tool that checks Amazon's prices against over 5,000 other online stores, reporting in seconds whether you should stay at Amazon or shop elsewhere.

In the interest of full disclosure, I write for But even if I didn't, I'd be telling you about PriceJump, because it's a no-brainer. Before you buy something from Amazon, just open PriceJump in a new tab and paste in the Amazon URL. (Chrome users don't even have to do that; there's a PriceJump extension that alerts you automatically if there's a better price. It's coming soon for Firefox and Safari as well.) That sliver of extra effort could save you some cash.

For example, as shown in the above screenshot, the Logitech Harmony Touch remote costs $194.95 at Amazon, but Rakuten sells it for $168.19. Ka-blam -- you just saved over $25.

Currently, PriceJump doesn't factor in shipping costs or sales tax, which could end up offsetting any savings you'd find at another site. But it will soon.

In the meantime, take it for a spin. It's a free service, of course, and it's a fast, effective way to make sure your favorite store is giving you the best deal.

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