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CAG Feature Update #2: Price Tracker

Posted by John, 21 January 2009 · 1546 views

The second in a series of blog posts leading up to the February 1st beta release of CAG's next big update, this time we're taking a look at the replacement for the old CAG-O-Matic - now known as the CAG Price Tracker.

http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=101&pictureid=4649


Please note, everything you see here is likely to change - especially the logo! Suggestions are welcome, but please bear in mind that nothing is final yet.

So, what is the CAG Price Tracker?
The CAG Price Tracker is a new CAG feature that provides users with a list of price drops/increases that have occurred on retailers' websites over the past 24 hours. Unlike the old CAG-O-Matic system that produced a list of Amazon price changes, the new Price Tracker processes data from all major retailers in both the US and UK to provide region specific pricing information.



Key Features
- Scans and processes price data from all worthwhile retailers in the UK and US, not just Amazon.
- Produces a list of all price changes including information like percentage drop, price change, total price (including P&P), and so on.
- "Wishlist" viewing mode - only shows price drops that correspond to games on your CAG wishlist (this is also shown inline with the regular listings), the idea being that if you're using the wishlist system you'll be able to see which prices interest you most at a glance.
- "Price Check" mode will only display a price change if it can't be beaten by any other retailer. For example, if Mirror's Edge drops to $40 with one retailer but can already be bought from another for $30, it won't bother showing the insignificant price drop.
- "Worthwhile buy" mode (we could really use a better name for this) uses the CAG community valuation data to determine whether or not a price drop makes a game a worthwhile purchase.
- Platform filtering: choose which platforms you want to see price drops for, and the price tracker will remember your preferences the next time you visit.
- Optional CAG ratings next to each game title for a quick and easy way to see what other CAGs think of a game.
- Archived price drops: use the calendar on the right of the price drop list to view past price activity.
- One-click access to CAG functionality elsewhere on the site - for example, you can add games in the price tracker to your wishlist, to your collection, to a custom list, read reviews of the game from CAG users, etc. You'll be seeing specifically how this works in a later blog post.
- An indicator will display next to a game that it owned by your friends, and supports online play (this appears in various places, not just in the price tracker).
- Statistics for each data set - right now we're just showing the basics (average change, data age, and number of changes) - but we'll add more as we think of useful things to add.

Don't forget that the price tracker is just one small part of what we're doing with the data we're crunching on our end, a lot of the fancier functionality (notifications, collections, and trading) will be detailed in upcoming posts. Up next: the revamped profile pages!




The second in a series of blog posts leading up to the February 1st beta release of CAG's next big update, this time we're taking a look at the replacement for the old CAG-O-Matic - now known as the CAG Price Tracker.

http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=101&pictureid=4649


Please note, everything you see here is likely to change - especially the logo! Suggestions are welcome, but please bear in mind that nothing is final yet.

So, what is the CAG Price Tracker?
The CAG Price Tracker is a new CAG feature that provides users with a list of price drops/increases that have occurred on retailers' websites over the past 24 hours. Unlike the old CAG-O-Matic system that produced a list of Amazon price changes, the new Price Tracker processes data from all major retailers in both the US and UK to provide region specific pricing information.



Key Features
- Scans and processes price data from all worthwhile retailers in the UK and US, not just Amazon.
- Produces a list of all price changes including information like percentage drop, price change, total price (including P&P), and so on.
- "Wishlist" viewing mode - only shows price drops that correspond to games on your CAG wishlist (this is also shown inline with the regular listings), the idea being that if you're using the wishlist system you'll be able to see which prices interest you most at a glance.
- "Price Check" mode will only display a price change if it can't be beaten by any other retailer. For example, if Mirror's Edge drops to $40 with one retailer but can already be bought from another for $30, it won't bother showing the insignificant price drop.
- "Worthwhile buy" mode (we could really use a better name for this) uses the CAG community valuation data to determine whether or not a price drop makes a game a worthwhile purchase.
- Platform filtering: choose which platforms you want to see price drops for, and the price tracker will remember your preferences the next time you visit.
- Optional CAG ratings next to each game title for a quick and easy way to see what other CAGs think of a game.
- Archived price drops: use the calendar on the right of the price drop list to view past price activity.
- One-click access to CAG functionality elsewhere on the site - for example, you can add games in the price tracker to your wishlist, to your collection, to a custom list, read reviews of the game from CAG users, etc. You'll be seeing specifically how this works in a later blog post.
- An indicator will display next to a game that it owned by your friends, and supports online play (this appears in various places, not just in the price tracker).
- Statistics for each data set - right now we're just showing the basics (average change, data age, and number of changes) - but we'll add more as we think of useful things to add.

Don't forget that the price tracker is just one small part of what we're doing with the data we're crunching on our end, a lot of the fancier functionality (notifications, collections, and trading) will be detailed in upcoming posts. Up next: the revamped profile pages!
Hooray! It's going to be awesome! I think people will be really impressed with how all these new features tie together.

Even though I'm afraid I'm stating the obvious:

The reason you see "Cheap Arse Gamer" and prices listed in £ is that John is demoing the UK version. If you visit from the USA, you will see "Cheap Ass Gamer" and USA prices.
That looks awesome!

You could rename "worthwhile buy" filter to "Bang for the Buck Factor." :D
This is epic. Can't wait for 2.0!
Very sexy.
Looks badass im so looking forward to it :)
What a fantastic feature :) Nice work guys!
Great stuff!
awesome......will definitely make use of this feature.....CAG fo life

it might be too much trouble, but could it link or at least grab your games from Amazon's wishlist.....i'll still use it regardless but that would be cool
I didn't realize how much CAG-O-Matic was missed until I remembered everything it did. This will be a great addition back to CAG.
Very impressive. Way to utilize those data feeds!
Champing at the bit for February 1st. Can't wait- this is going to be sweet.
Well hot damn. Here is another feature i would have never thought I wanted until I found out it was going to exist.
Is it sliced bread? NO! IT'S EVEN BETTER!
This is going to be awesome! I can't wait!
Insanely good idea and looks awesome. CAG is still one of my favorite sites after 5 years. The community is one of the best, and CAG 2.0 has made it even better. Keep up the great work guys!
John...

I don't know how to say this.

I...
I love you, man.
good stuff
well allllllright then. keep 'em coming.

CAG-o-matic was one of my favorite features.
yay!
This looks crazy! I can't wait.

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