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SDE launches new price comparison tool

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The SDE Price Comparison Tool will offer ‘at a glance’ overview of prices/availability

Your favourite music blog just got a little bit better, because today SDE is launching a brand new Price Comparison Tool that will help you to find the best deals for all your physical music box set and reissue ‘needs’…

From today, at the end of most product-related posts, instead of a series of static text links to various retailers, you will find a new dynamic widget for releases which will display product details and live pricing information for the item(s) in question, automatically sorted from cheapest to most expensive. There will also be an indication as to whether the item is in or out of stock. So at a glance, you will be able to easily determine the best place to purchase, depending on where you are in the world and where you prefer to shop. You can also change the currency displayed and your selection will be remembered next time you visit.

WIDGET

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We are launching this widget today with Amazon (across Europe, USA and Canada) and JPC in Germany but other retailers will be coming on board in the near future.

With your feedback and help, we plan to develop this tool and add more functionality over time, so do let us know what you think and feel free to offer input and suggestions as to how we can make it even better. Try out the new tool below, using the forthcoming vinyl edition of Bob Dylan‘s Fallen Angels as an example:

Compare prices and pre-order

Bob Dylan

Fallen Angels [VINYL]

Shop Price GBP Stock
Amazon de 6LP coloured vinyl box 11.10
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 10.93
Amazon ca 6LP coloured vinyl box 11.60
Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 11.04
Amazon fr 6LP coloured vinyl box 12.76
Amazon it 6LP coloured vinyl box 10.62
Amazon es 6LP coloured vinyl box 11.89
JPC de 6LP coloured vinyl box 16.14
HMV uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 19.99
Currency:

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108 responses to SDE launches new price comparison tool

  1. Ian says:

    This is excellent! It’s getting the Macca thumbs up from me.

  2. Rickjapan says:

    Paul, you and your people are worship-worthy!!!

  3. Jake says:

    Wow! Thank you! That’s a very nice and helpful addition to the site.

  4. Craig says:

    Great idea and tool!

    Looking forward to using it!

  5. sennj says:

    Very cool! Thanks for all the hard work you put into your fine SDE site, Paul.

  6. Lance says:

    Wow, great stuff. Hopefully it helps you with monetizing the site. While I’m sure you love what you’re doing, I expect it takes a lot of time and effort to run.

  7. Kevin says:

    Fantastic! So weird, considering I was just looking up iPhone apps for watching Amazon prices, and I was looking for it specifically for the Dylan Cutting Edge 6CD. So with this and yesterday’s Deal Alert, you are killing it, Paul!

    And…, get out of my head.

  8. Ross Novak says:

    This is a really great addition, thank you!

  9. Lee Taylor says:

    This is arguably the greatest innovation of the twenty-first century.

  10. Steven Robertson says:

    Brilliant new feature

  11. richie says:

    Paul, you should be nominated for The Nobel Peace Price (geddit!), good work, this saves us all time and of course money. Thanks.

  12. Philip says:

    Wonderful addition to an already perfect blog. Compliments from the other side of the big pond.

  13. Bridge says:

    That’s fabulous Paul! Great idea!

  14. elliott buckingham says:

    shows us how much we in Britain get ripped off

  15. Dennis says:

    Definetely thumbs up for this. Cool little helpful tool that saves time!

  16. Paul Sinclair says:

    Thanks everyone for great feedback so far :)

  17. Alan Wilson says:

    A good tool and I believe natural progression for the site and a great enhancement, good work.

    I’ve used a similar tool for a few years now which aggregates prices similarly to this one but it’s only for all the Amazon Sites and one of the great features and something you should definitely look to develop into this tool is the ability to set price alerts for buying. For instance the latest and greatest deluxe box set gets released but you don’t want to pay the £150 asking price, but however you are prepared to pay say £75 for it, you can set an alert for that price, enter your e-mail and it will sent you a message when it falls to £75 or below and you can set that against all of the different Amazon sites all at the same time.

    Maybe that is something that can be incorporated into version 2.0?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Thanks Alan! Indeed, adding that kind of alert functionality is definitely in the plans for future iterations of this tool.

    • Daran says:

      +1!!! Email alerts would be top-drawer, although with amazon prices changing so quickly maybe even that would not be 100%. I’ve not looked into functionality of wordpress, but as I check SDE more often than I do my email if there was any way of getting personalisation into SDE so that your wishlist could flag with alerts on price drops that would also be a huge thing. Maybe there is some off the shelf code / widget for that, or it could be programmed?

  18. Bruce nicholson says:

    Brilliant idea – thank you!

  19. Alex says:

    Excellent tool! Congrats!

  20. Stan C says:

    You’ve made my favorite site exponentially more wonderful and valuable to me. Thank you!

  21. Andre says:

    Well done Paul !
    This will hopefully bring even more traffic to this great website.
    And indeed a special price allert is already available for registered users only on JPC.
    So it would be great if someone is able to expand this tool to more different retailers.
    Time will tell.
    Thank you.

  22. Ern says:

    Fantastic stuff Paul.
    The site never fails to amaze me with its news, alerts and now price comparison.

  23. johnny says:

    Thanks for this exciting feature, and good luck with future developments…

    Looks like you are going to cost me even more money, even when you’re saving me money! lol

  24. Rob says:

    Great idea! Have 3 suggestions/requests/questions.

    1. Will this widget work only going forward or will older entries also get updated with this option?
    2. Maybe the option to search for a specific title/boxset. Would negate number 1.
    3. As Alan suggests an alert option would be great.

  25. TheProgster says:

    Great news Paul this has got to be better than find-cd.co.uk which is ok but you see a price from a retailer only to find it’s not that price at all…sometimes cheaper and sometimes not even available or in stock…but if you can get up to minute price and in stock status then you are on to a winner with this…it will be the must have tool for us collectors…Not Arf Pop Pickers.

  26. Kiki says:

    I think that’s a good idea ! I always spent hours looking for the best price when I want a specific CD …

  27. Jeff D says:

    Thanks Paul….this is a great addition to an already fantastic site!!!

  28. Adam shaw says:

    This is great Paul .
    Usually have to wait for camel camel so I can scrap that now . Thank you .

  29. SimonP says:

    Two words: affiliate marketing. The reason the links are all Amazon ones is because they pay SDE for the extra site traffic generated when readers click on them.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      They aren’t all Amazon. And as stated in the post hoping to bring on board other retailers such as HMV and FNAC. I could put 14 ad banners on each page like the NME, if you’d prefer.

    • William says:

      Other music related websites are available. Although not as good as this.

      Why don’t you go to them and pee and moan and leave the rest of us to enjoy and appreciate this wonderful site.

      PS Paul has not paid me to post this.

    • Daran says:

      Welcome to the 20th century! Note I said 20th…. Because affiliate marketing has been around for a good decade plus, and is the new norm in the age of the internet. How do you think vloggers get rich, or newspaper websites generate money in the face of dwindling hard copy sales? Have you noted the performance of SDE is pretty darn good? Do you think Paul hosts this site and the mass of data from the comments etc on a bit of free ISP webspace? Get real, the hosting of SDE needs paying for and he needs to eat. It’s not like he manages to update it inbetween cups of tea at his day job!

      Other websites are available if you don’t like it. Finding one without affiliate marketing may be a bit tricky though. Good luck in your search, let us know how it goes ;)

    • Andrew Richards says:

      … which is also pretty much how the rest of the entire internet works.

      Except a lot of sites carry much – much – more advertising and affiliation than SDE. I don’t recall being hassled by pop-up adverts that overlay content here, which is a good thing. There could be massive scrolling adverts in the side-bars too.

      This tool gives easier access to best prices and helps funds the site in the process. Win-win!

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        And none of those “promoted stories” offering ‘great’ content like ‘before and after’ plastic surgery galleries!

        • Andrew Richards says:

          … for which I’m very grateful! Although it’s a shame to not know what I wouldn’t believe I’d see if clicking one of those links and I’m having to live without one simple trick that’ll make me thin or have white teeth.

          Perhaps some would be happier with every page slathered in ads with each post spread over 20 separate pages to ramp up ad-impressions.

          Keep the good work! In short excellent site gets better. Do love the longer articles: Bernard Butler one was great and having largely ignored Dave Stewart found the interview really interesting.

          Still, if there’s room for improvement it might be to add a filter so I can’t see anything I’ve already bought that’s now massively cheaper… :)

  30. Guillermo E says:

    Pablo, excelente. Super deluxe site.

  31. Steve says:

    Great idea. Would love to see it reflect the real cost, including taxes and shipping based on my location. For example, I get free shipping from my local Amazon site, but pay taxes, while if I order from Europe I don’t pay VAT, but pay shipping.

  32. Ravi says:

    Get outta here! This is awesome!

    Paul for President! (Even though I’m Canadian ).

  33. AudioDile says:

    This is why you are the premier site for reissue news. You don’t just report it, you influence, improve and create it!

    There aren’t enough kudos. I can only hope your influence grows and grows.

  34. Paul says:

    Sweet!!

  35. baward says:

    Oh thanks a lot, I’ll be broke by Christmas! ;-) It looks great and is undoubtedly a useful addition to the site. Alan Wilson, I think I know the site you mean (although I’m sure they’re lots of them), a site named after a large desert animal…

    Yes, being able to input your desired prices is something I’m sure would make it even nicer, like I suppose proxy bidding you find on auction sites.

    Ben

    • Alan Wilson says:

      @baward

      It’s not the one you’re thinking of, although I have used that one in the past. I’m not going to post the name of it here as it would go against the nature of this site, but its functionality is far superior to the “large desert animal” as you put it….

      I do think over time the introduction of the new widget on this site could maybe match it and possibly surpass it with some well though out additions to an already solid foundation.

  36. Ronnie says:

    Great feature, Paul, thanks!
    One minor gripe you might like to look into. It seems the tool has trouble reading the eurocents part for JPC-prices. I tried the Wakeman set and the Highwayman set and tool lists in both instances .00 while real price on the jpc-website was .99

  37. Paul W says:

    Thanks what agreat app

  38. Sterling says:

    A great idea Paul! Now we have no reason to leave your wonderful site at all; other than to place our order . You’re the best!

  39. OceanBlue says:

    and just when you think SDE can’t get any better, it surprises you :)
    Thanx Paul!

  40. Bruce nicholson says:

    I’m going to add to an earlier post I did. I think I must log on to the SDE site 2-3 times a day mostly to see what new news there is but also because I’m interested in other people’s opinions about the “news”. There are a lot of like minded people here and I like the community the site has. I also think Pauls searching out of news stories is top notch and also writes very informed and interesting articles. Then there are the deal alerts which are a great thing (even if they strain the wallet). I know of no other, better site. All round excellent work and it sounds like it’s only going to get better.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Thanks Bruce. Kind words. Looking forward to delivering more improvements both from a functionality and content point of view. P

  41. Raj says:

    Thank you
    Looks very useful
    Your website is the best!
    Always great to read about upcoming releases (especially Bowie!)

  42. John Madden says:

    Really enjoy the site and wish you good luck with developments like this to make it even better.

  43. Mike the Fish says:

    I see you’re planning to add HMV, which I’d encourage, partly because they’re loads more competitive than they used to be and also an alternative for people who aren’t keen on amazon and their ways.

    • Mike Croft says:

      I totally agree! HMV are often the same price as Amazon and offer FREE 1st Class Delivery on everything over £9.99 compared to Amazon’s over £20 & then takes around 5 Days. – I also hate giving money to Amazon so they can move it to Luxemberg & avoid UK Tax, plus I begrudge paying £2 for Release Day Delivery for every CD or Vinyl when a lot of other companies deliver on Release Day for FREE; HMV, Base.com, Norman Records (CD’s only), or for lesss!

      Another thing I detest about Amazon is that they do not employ their Logistics Drivers, they are self employed sub-contractors with NO rights or benefits, (no sick pay, no holiday pay, no guaranteed hours or income etc), and they are often on less than the minimum wage because of the pay per parcel structure! :(

  44. Charles K. says:

    Deeply impressed Paul, thank you. I never need any further reasons to visit this site multiple times daily but you just keep adding them! Long live SDE!

  45. Barbazul says:

    Excelente!

  46. Steve says:

    This is a great idea, Paul ! Can this widget be used on laptop computers if you don’t own a cellphone ?

  47. Roel in OZ says:

    Wonderful innovation Paul. A great little tool for me to use because I order quite frequently from Europe as a lot of the not so popular SDE’s aren’t released in OZ or they cost an arm and a leg!
    Your site is just fantastic and keeps getting better. I have referred many of my fellow music buffs to your blog and they too are super impressed, if not a little poorer for the experience!! Keep up the great work.
    Now, can you just do something about the high Italian & Canadian postage!!!

  48. eric slangen says:

    It’s impossible to add some more to all of the above compliments.
    GREAT!!

  49. Joseph says:

    Kudos, Paul. The retailers knowing we have a closer eye on things should make for an even more competitive marketplace.

    Would you consider a display of low & high pricing? Not necessarily for each retailer, but overall (with retailer identified of the low & high water marks). Just a suggestion.

    I don’t hop all over the internet, so this is first I’ve seen of a feature like this. Call me old-fashioned or behind the times. Initial impression is amazing potential & value to us readers. Thank you!

  50. gwynogue says:

    Thank you Paul S/SDE for this – this is ‘swearing-my-head-off’ awesome!

    And as an Australian, I’d like to add an extra thank you for the currency converter feature – that’s going to be very helpful. *thumbs up*

    Like others have said, this already amazing site is getting better and better.

    Thanks for all the hard work Paul – where do you find the time?

  51. Paul E. says:

    Oh my! What a way to save…I mean spend my hard earned cash more intelligently. A sincere thanks for this nifty little calculator. I must say it was rather predictable and knew good things were on the horizon once you started offering up download tutorials (i.e. Springsteen’s Prince cover for some folks)…figured you for a “techie” and applaud all of your achievements with this wonderful site!

  52. Paul Sinclair says:

    Thanks again, to everyone who has taken the time to leave a comment here. Gratifying to see this so well received :)

  53. EW99 says:

    Looks good and a great idea. Is there any chance of getting the postage to your home country added? Or shown as a separate column? Tricky one I guess as you’d probably have to assume postage of that single item without taking Prime into account. But still, I think for me in the UK being able to compare £19.84 from amazon US against £20.98 amazon UK might be more useful than the £13.62 against £18.99 that currently shows

  54. Boaz Halachmi says:

    Another great nailing. Paul! My suggestion is to add an option to see the total price inc shipping. As a product may be the cheapest here, but with the added shipping, it could be cheaper there. If you do this with Amazon, maybe you can add the destination factor into the calculation. Maybe as a cookie that will remember the country so you will only need to put it in once. Your blog is one of my 3 sites I visit the most and a must a few times a day. Thank you.

  55. Chris Squires says:

    This is gonna cost me even more money. y’swine.

    A useful addition to the site. postage and taxes are the only other thing to take into consideration…

  56. Mikael Widell says:

    Fantastic. Keep up the excellent work, Paul.

  57. Tim says:

    Hey Paul,

    did you change the RSS-Feed settings, I get an error message and cannot see your post in RSS in Firefox:

    XML-Verarbeitungsfehler: XML- oder Text-Deklaration nicht am Beginn der Entität
    Adresse: http://feeds.feedburner.com/superdeluxeedition
    Zeile Nr. 3, Spalte 1:

    <rss version="2.0"
    ^

  58. Joe says:

    It would be useful to be able to set a home country and see associated shipping costs. For example, the Bob Dylan widget above is showing the current price from amazon.com as £13.62. However, with $7.98 shipping to the UK it comes to $27.82, or £19.07. It’s actually slightly cheaper to preorder it from the UK store for £18.99 (and it’d arrive sooner).

  59. Øystein says:

    This is a very useful tool, and in fact something I’ve wished I had before… Congrats!

  60. Robert Morgenstern says:

    That’s an fantastic bonus for a “super deluxe” Website.

  61. Runicen says:

    Great addition to an already great site. Many thanks!

  62. daveid76 says:

    This is useful but what about other retailers like Whatrecords, Record Store etc? I personally detest Amazon’s tax avoidance and avoid them whenever possible.

  63. Kauwgompie says:

    Thank you Paul, once again you are ahead of the game with your website. I do log on several times a day to make sure I’m not missing anything whether it’s new reissues or reactions from my fellow reissue-obsessed folks. Your website is an absolute gem. I love your enthousiasm and pride you take in your blog. I’m proud to be part of this community.

    Some quick feedback on the new (amazing) tool: When an SDE is being released, often times the price is ridiculous. I usually wait 6 months to a year to purchase because usually by that time third party sellers on Amazon post amazing prices that are often half of what the beginning asking price was. If I didn’t do that, I would be completely broke. It would be great to be able to keep track of that in your new tool. Would it be possible to go back to the initial posts (the ones that include the widget from the get-go) and will it have updated information on there every day till when? Of course when Alan’s suggestion of email alerts is incorporated this wouldn’t be an issue anymore.

    Thank you SO much Paul!!

    • Daran says:

      How about an A to Z / index of albums that have been featured in one way or another. Then you can look up the album you want, and if it’s in the list and has been featured since the price widget inception you can go to the page and see what the widget says for current prices?

  64. Good start, but it would be great to be able to define the country to which the product will be sent, and factor in the relevant amount of postage in order to see which site is *really* the cheapest (like Bookbutler does).

    For example, if I’m in France and the price in the UK is £3 cheaper, but it costs £3 more to have it sent to me, then I’m better off ordering from France, obviously.

    Perhaps that’s something that could be added in the future?

    Thanks.

  65. Danny says:

    *sigh* I can see this costing me more money in the long run… ;)

    Seriously, nice one Paul. Making a great site even better. Now if you can only the powers that be to release that “Make it big” box set – I have need of a shuttlecock…

  66. Paul Wren says:

    Yes, this is a very good tool for all of us price conscious collectors and doubtless we will all come up with good ideas to improve it further. Real value added with this innovation – well done!

  67. Mike Croft says:

    I hope it will include other well known sites not just Amazon!

    For instance; HMV, Base.com, Xtra-Vision. Norman Records etc

  68. Simon F says:

    Great idea, and hope it all works out.

  69. LeoThoughtCloud says:

    Looks great!

    Is there a way you could also include p&p?

  70. Tadowong says:

    This is a great feature for an already great website! I already have used the information posted here to purchase several items. Most recently, the Fuzzy Warbles reissues from Andy Partridge – I would never have known they were being reissued without SuperDeluxeEdition! Mahalo from a fan in Hawaii!

  71. Greg says:

    Although late to the game commenting on the new widget, I think it is fabulous. SDE has been the first click on my computer in the morning and a few times a day thereafter. SDE keeps getting better and this widget is no exception. It is clear that SDE’s greatness lies in Paul’s love of the subject matter. Those who love their work are often the most successful. I have no doubt that the widget will be getting better as Paul adds to it and fine tunes it. I think currency conversions, shipping costs, taxes, etc. might over complicate the beauty of the widget. Those of us reading SDE daily can eyeball which is a better deal as we are all familiar with currency, shipping costs (including ordering multiple items), etc. A wish list for me would be adding price history tracking data and the ability to check any title with the widget. Keep up the great work Paul!

  72. csimi says:

    wow, this is dangerous! :)

  73. Hélder Cardoso says:

    Mr. Sinclair: infinite thumbs up for this! :)

  74. Adey says:

    A mobilr version or even an iphone app would be great one day!
    I use best cd price.co.uk a lot and amazon uk is often cheapest for boxsets, but it would be great to see the sde price comparison showing even cheaper prices from other countries. I fot the jam fire and skill boxset from amazon germany a while back for £42, its still around £59 on amazon uk!!!

  75. Ronald Headen says:

    You are the best. This is going to be a tremendous tool in helping me make quicker choices. Thank you for continuing to provide a great service.

  76. Rob Yokine says:

    Great idea. Yes please…

  77. fisonic says:

    Fantastic! One of the best websites getting better and better.
    Thank you!

  78. moog_man says:

    Superb. I think we’ve all wished for something like this and it’s to SDE’s credit that you’ve actualised it. Kudos.
    I should imagine that CD Japan is another retailer in your sights.
    Several others above have pointed out shipping charges, which obviously impact on the final price paid. Another (unwelcome) thing to factor in is each country’s tax and excise structure. It’s often not much more to pay the VAT in England when importing goods from beyond the EU, but the post office manage to slap on a hefty “handling fee” for the privilege. This has effectively curtailed my shopping from the afore-mentioned Japanese site and others in the US.
    Quite how this gets integrated into the app is another headache I wouldn’t begin to fathom. So, thanks for all you do, Paul Sinclair/ SDE.

  79. darren says:

    Its great but you’re gonna make me spend more! LOL

  80. Tony Dawson-Hill says:

    Great idea!! Will most certainly use it.

  81. Friso Pas says:

    Very, very helpful tool.
    I’m also a avid movie collector, and there’s a website called blu-ray.com, which has a Amazon price tracking function for years now, which has saved me a lot of money.
    Now that you offer this kind of thing too, it will definitely help in getting good deals on music too.
    I appreciate it a lot. Thanks for all your efforts, Paul.

  82. Christopher Old says:

    I certainly know from all of the comments here that I am in the minority. First and foremost Paul, I visit your site daily and cherish each piece you carefully research and write. I enjoy every minute of it!
    I will say though, as an avid collector that I am not going to use your new tool. Reasons being, that as a young boy I always cherished and relished the opportunity to go to my nearby record, cassette or cd stores and explore the possibilities. They seemed endless, but the thrill of the hunt or chase drove me then, as it does today.
    Times change, I moved on to the oyster of the internet. What a joy it is for me to still continue the chase or hunt on a world-wide exploration for an ever dwindling cd market. I visit numerous Amazon sights, Discogs, Ebay, and some independent ones. That is what fuels my fire as a collector.
    I believe that most of the magic of searching high and low, and for the best price value, would vanish for me with your new Price Comparison Tool. Let’s just say this 45 year old still yearns for that gem or new reissue that might be around the corner.
    I, for one will remain on the quest, just for the thrill of it.
    Thanks as always for what you do Paul.

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