4/3 Rumors has been a neverending resource on all the official and unofficial news in the Micro 4/3 world, including information on price drops and sales on cameras and lenses. Now Ale -the site's creator- has started a new venture called Slidoo; a website with a simple and slick interface that helps you find the filmmaking equipment (or pretty much anything else) you need at the price you want. Click through to check out how the site works and what it can do for you.
Here's how it works:
...you can easily login by using your facebook or twitter account so that you don’t have to waste time on a new user name and password creation. On the notification settings page you can set your Location so that you can optimize the search based on where you live and buy stuff (like for example US or Germany and so on).
...I set my search here (Click this link). I want a lens in “new” condition, from “Europe” and “Buy it now” option only. The regular price in Germany is 950 Euro (too expensive for me). That’s why I want to get notified when the lens will be in Stock for let's say less than 820 Euro. As a registered user I can save this search and get notified when some new auction will be online within the parameters I set. I set a price range of 600-820 Euro because I wanted to cut out all the accessory stuff for the lens that usually sells for 150 or less Euro.
Within the notification settings you can set how to get notified (via email, facebook, twitter or zero notifications). Important: You can also mark single products to get notified about price changes of the specific item.
In general, I'm a big fan of meta aggregators, but what I really love about Slidoo is that it dispenses with the clutter that similar sites have and just gives users the tools they need to find what they're looking for. In addition to the features mentioned above, you can also set your price range in increments of $10, specify how often you want the site to send notifications, and get automatically updated results when you change your search parameters.
Currently the Slidoo site is in its beta phase and only has access to Ebay's database, but Ale and his team are working on adding Amazon, as well as creating an iPhone and iPad app. If you have any suggestions to improve the site, feel free to contact the development team at firstname.lastname@example.org
[via 4/3 Rumors]