Date Thu, April 19 2018

I found myself clicking on every item in my Amazon cart and wishlist tonight. Why? Because I was seeing what Wikibuy would come up. I saw an ad for this plugin on Facebook and knew I had to try it out.

Wikibuy is a plugin that provides cash back and shows coupons, much like Ebates (which I use), Honey and other such tools. However, an additional feature is that Wikibuy will add information to Amazon product pages where it will alert you of better deals for that product if they exist. You can see why I had to test it.

A Wikibuy button shows up on most Amazon pages (I’ll discuss this in a bit). Wikibuy will alert you of cheaper prices and show you by how much. Or it will tell you that you’ve got the best price. If you click the button you can also set an alert for price drops of the specific product or see price changes if you’ve already set that option.



wikibuy watchlist on amazon

Item added to watchlist to track price

Like I said, this shows up on most items. The button isn’t there for digital items. Nor does it appear on the newer book listings, which have a different layout. There were a couple book pages that didn’t have the button, and this surprised me.

Now, I looked for items what Wikibuy told me I could buy cheaper elsewhere, and I found a few. Some of them were just a few cents cheaper. For some reason, several of the items could be found for $4 cheaper, and a few could be found as an even better deal on another site.

Wikibuy button and price comparison on Amazon

Wikibuy button and price comparison on Amazon

Wikibuy compares prices at several large retailers including Walmart, Target and (which is owned by Walmart now). It also compares eBay. This is where many of my price alerts came from. Not everything on eBay is new, of course, but Wikibuy shows you if items are listed as new or used. Because eBay seems to be the most common site that has items with a lower price, Wikibuy seems a little less useful for certain items that you would only want to buy from a reputable seller to ensure new and genuine status. For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend Wikibuy if you want to save on cosmetics, for example. I simply prefer to buy those from “safer” retailers.

With that said, Wikihow can be useful. I found a few things for cheaper than they are on Amazon. But I am not convinced that these are the cheapest prices every. For one, Wikibuy only looks at select sites, and there are notable exceptions: Google Express, Best Buy, Kohls, CVS, or Sephora, just to name a few. When I was comparing prices that Wikibuy suggested, I knew that some of those items were available cheaper at other stores, and I wanted to see if Wikibuy would come up with those listings.

I also wondered if Wikibuy would be able to find some of the same/similar products even if the names differ. So far, it’s done pretty well. Although, it’s not perfect. Wikibuy suggested a board game extension rather than the actual game. Of course, those are cheaper than the actual game. I imagine you can run into similar instances in which there are similar or related products. To its credit, you can rate suggestions on Wikibuy and make not if it’s not the same product.

When you’re browsing other stores and either coupons or cashback is available, the Wikibuy button will light up green. I haven’t compared a ton of sites, but Wikibuy’s cashback amount was higher on several of them than Ebates. Similarly, the plugin would automatically attempt to apply available coupons to your order. This was sometime seamless and similar to how Ebates does it. But a few sites took much longer, probably because of how the site required a page to reload. You can also click coupon codes to copy them and manually use them.

Wikibuy applying coupons during checkou

Wikibuy attempts to apply coupons on many retailers

The coupon and cashback features seem pretty default, but Wikibuy does it a bit differently. Cash back is deposited as a Wikibuy credit that you can use to buy products from the Wikibuy site. it’s not distributed as a check or Paypal payment like other sites. This, I’m sure, is why cashback rates are higher than the competitors. You can also purchase some items through Wikibuy without credits, and this is touted as a streamlined checkout process.

Another difference is that some of the offers through Wikibuy are Local Offers. To use these, you must connect your credit card on Wikibuy. You’ll earn cash back for local purchases. There are very few local offers near me, but I am sure that’s different for someone in a larger city.

Wikibuy tries to sell all these features as perks; although, not all of them are compelling to me. I think that Wikibuy can help me save money because I tend to default to Amazon for many purchases, but I prefer my cashback to involve cash. If you’re in a similar boat or simply want a tool to help you save a bit of money easily (and you’re not worried about finding, then Wikibuy is certainly worth looking into.

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