Piranhas – find the cheapest books
On SmartStudent we’ve written about how you can get cheaper textbooks from regional Amazon searches. Today we introduce a great new tool that you can use to find the cheapest books called Piranhas.
Ever look at buying a book from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk and realise that they had wildly different prices? Many people have had a revelation like this, but then it gets more complicated once you have to take into account different shipping rates and ever changing exchange rates.
As a student, comparing book prices between different stores can be a great way of saving money. Indeed, it can be the difference between being able to order a book or not…
Piranhas is a tool that I built to make these sort of comparison easy, except insteak of just comparing prices between Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, it also has prices (and shipping rates) from Amazon.ca, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, and the Book Depository (which is a subsidiary of Amazon, in case you hadn’t heard of it yet).
As you can see from this (somewhat arbitrary example), the cheapest store can easily be 60% cheaper than the most expensive:
It’s also interesting to note that the two Book Depository sites (.com and .co.uk) sometimes have different prices, despite the fact that they look identical and use the same user accounts.
Piranhas is funded by affiliate fees from books ordered by users though the site, so it is completely free to use and completely free of advertising. Being reliant on affiliate fees also means that the site only does well when it’s useful to its users.