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10:14 pm on Mar 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Is there anyway in without the massive 700.00 deposit they both require now?

Are they worth it for electronics? Seems pricegrabber has started going exclusive with specific stores on specific categories so i'm less and less interested in that.

7:21 pm on Mar 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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My website has worked with several sites like this - both pricegrabber and shopping.com provide a nice ROI for us. However, we sell leather clothing, luggage, and gear. We also do very well with bizrate and nextag. The best (and FREE) is Froogle, don't overlook them.
7:28 pm on Mar 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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yeah, i got froogle and nextag. Just don't know if i want to plop 700 clams on pricegrabbers and or shopping.com's deposit requirements to test the waters.
7:23 pm on Mar 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Do they refund you the deposit if you try it and aren't happy?
2:19 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for asking John.

NO, pricegrabber will not refund.

In fact some of the deposit is still with them years later. Traffic was near zilch, no conversions to speak of. Thats why they require such a large deposit, they know people will try to back out with such low conversion rates. Get the money while you can.

Shopping.com will refund if you close the account. But same problem, loads of traffic with little conversion. Nextag, the most traffic of them all with no conversions just someone or something clicking in and quickly leaving. Its 'cheap' traffic, that is clicks which are not actively buyers.

2:56 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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We had a storefront with pricegrabber it did quit a lot of sales just the fees are #$^
4:14 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I've had good experiences with shopzilla/bizrate (now the same company). ROI is pretty good, and performs better than a lot of PPC.

We're in a reasonably low-bid area, though, so it takes around 4-6 mo to go through $200. Also, don't forget that they raise their charges by... 25% I think it was? ... from November 1st-December 20th for the holiday season.

4:29 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Keep in mind that some of these shopping engines have downstream partners which they syndicate feeds to, just like Google does with paid ads.