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Check Amazon Prices Over the Phone

Written by Nickel - 7 Comments

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Have you ever found yourself in a bookstore or record shop wishing that you could check how much a certain item costs at Amazon before deciding whether or not to buy it? If so, then I’ve got the perfect solution for you. Just grab your cellphone and call So what the heck is Amabuddy? It’s a free online service that allows you to call in and enter an ISBN number to get Amazon’s current price on any book or CD. The best part is that they bookmark items that you’ve queried such that you can pull up a list from their site (using your phone number) when you get back home — they make a commission if you click through and buy from their site. Their toll free number is currently down, but pretty much every cell phone now offers free long distance, so this shouldn’t present any problems. If you want to try it out, give them a call at (617) 712-3574.

Published on September 26th, 2005 - 7 Comments
Filed under: Online

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  1. holy cow that’s genius.

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 26th 2005 @ 10:01 am
  2. Where do you find this stuff!!!??? This is great info!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 26th 2005 @ 10:04 am
  3. This is great!

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 26th 2005 @ 9:31 pm
  4. Hi,

    You can also do this with google by sending an SMS to GOOGL (46645).

    For example:
    # Price ipod 20gb
    # ipod 20gb prices

    Here’s the FAQ link:

    Works great!

    Comment by Anonymous — Oct 5th 2005 @ 4:56 pm
  5. I used this today, at a library booksale. I actually used it to find out whether it was worth buying a book to resell on Amazon’s marketplace. I was able to elimiate quite a few purchases by finding out they were only selling for pennies on Amazon. And I’ve seen an ad for a similar service that wanted $4.99 a month! This is fantastic, thanks so much.

    Comment by Anonymous — Oct 6th 2005 @ 1:59 pm
  6. EC, what a great idea… I hadn’t thought of using this to enable profiteering in the used book world!

    Comment by Nickel — Oct 6th 2005 @ 2:14 pm

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