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The Internet: The Missing Manual by David Pogue, J.D. Biersdorfer

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Finding Good Deals

For many dedicated practitioners of the Shopping Arts, the thrill isn't just in the hunt of tracking down the very thing you were looking for, but in getting an extremely good price to boot. Happily, a number of Web sites are dedicated to rounding up prices from hundreds of competing online stores. You find the best deal, and click the link to go make a victorious purchase.

Froogle

Froogle, by Google, is a search service that specifically searches Web pages listing products for sale (http://www.froogle.com ). When you type terms into Froogle's search box, say left-handed mandolin or suede moccasins, Froogle looks at its vast database of Web stores and finds product pages selling objects that match your search terms. Many online merchants submit their pages to Froogle directly for inclusion in the index.

On your results page, Froogle lists all the things it found for you (Figure 7-4), complete with photos, a list of online stores selling the item, and a range of prices on these sites. Click Compare Prices to see what each individual store is charging; Froogle displays the list for you, complete with ratings other shoppers have given the sites.

No matter how tacky, if it's out there and it's for sale, Froogle can probably find it for you. The listings on the left are your search results, while the listings under Sponsored Links are ads. The Compare Prices button lets you see what the various merchants are charging for the item.

Figure 7-4. No matter how tacky, if it's out there and it's for sale, Froogle can probably find it for you. The listings on the left are your search results, while the listings under Sponsored Links are ads. The Compare Prices ...

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