Shopping for New Years? Use CNET Shopping to find the best deals
It’s 2023, and even with the holidays behind us, you’re probably buying things online more than ever. But whether you’re looking for a gift or just buying basic household items, how do you know if you’re actually getting the best price? This is where CNET Shopping comes in. This browser extension was previously known as Priceblink, and it recently became part of the CNET family. Once installed, it accompanies you as you shop at many of your favorite online retailers – Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and Target, to name a few – where it will make sure you get the best deal ( among the stores we cover).
It has three main features – here’s how it works.
Three ways to save
When you install the CNET Shopping extension, you unlock three ways to save money when shopping online.
Price comparison: Once you’ve installed the extension, point your browser to a product page at any major online retailer – Amazon, Target, Walmart and others – and CNET Shopping will instantly search the web for better deals. While not foolproof, it generally provides a great overview of competing prices among the top stores on the web. You’ll know right away if you’re getting the best price or if you can upgrade to a more affordable competitor.
Coupon finder: Did you know that you may lose free discounts when shopping online? With CNET Shopping installed, you will be immediately notified of relevant discount codes available on the site where you are shopping, including a checkout scan to verify any final offers.
Price tracking: Looking to buy something, but waiting for it to go on sale? With CNET Shopping price tracking, you can do just that. On some products at supported retailers, you will see an “Add Price Alert” button (as shown below) which will add that product to your personal watchlist. If and when it hits a discount percentage you specify, you’ll be notified so you can pounce on the sale.
How to install
Simply click here (or the button above) to install the CNET Shopping extension. It’s completely free and works with all major desktop web browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge. Installation is quick and easy (and you can always uninstall it from your browser’s settings menu, if you wish).
Looking for more deals and shopping tips?
The CNET Shopping extension is just one of the ways we’re helping you save money. Join the thousands of subscribers of the CNET Deals texting group who get our best deal every weekday straight to their phone — often something in the sub-$30 range.
Other ways to save:
- Check out our CNET Deals section. To see CNET highlights daily.
- CNET’s freebie guide. Our head office for — it covers all occasions, not just holidays.
- CNET coupons: As mentioned above, CNET Shopping automatically searches for the best applicable coupons while you shop. But if you’d rather browse the deals available, check out our coupon hub.
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Originally published December 2022. Slightly updated for early 2023.