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    • dogmaryxx
    • By dogmaryxx 2nd Dec 09, 10:21 AM
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    • #2
    • 2nd Dec 09, 10:21 AM
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    • 2nd Dec 09, 10:21 AM
    Searched for Acer Aspire 5410 Timeline 3GB 250GB 15.6" Laptop and cheapest price was £384.

    Tesco have it for £349 and was not found.

    Not very money saving.

    Tried google as stand alone and product was listed so obviously MegaShopBot.com

    is restricted somehow .
    Last edited by dogmaryxx; 02-12-2009 at 10:28 AM.
    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 2nd Dec 09, 12:24 PM
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    • 2nd Dec 09, 12:24 PM
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    • 2nd Dec 09, 12:24 PM
    Searched for Acer Aspire 5410 Timeline 3GB 250GB 15.6" Laptop and cheapest price was £384.

    Tesco have it for £349 and was not found.

    Not very money saving.

    Tried google as stand alone and product was listed so obviously MegaShopBot.com

    is restricted somehow .
    Originally posted by dogmaryxx
    There is no reason for that to happen we're simply auto-searching the shopbots - thank you for reporting it - we will check it out and see if we can recreate what happened and fix it. You may get a PM from one of my team asking for some technical details

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  • Former MSE Dan
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    • 2nd Dec 09, 12:38 PM
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    • 2nd Dec 09, 12:38 PM
    Hey dogmaryxx,

    When I did that search and picked the Google Products tab, Tesco at £349 came up as a Sponsored Result - was this not the case for you?

    Thanks for the help

    Dan
    • dogmaryxx
    • By dogmaryxx 2nd Dec 09, 1:15 PM
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    • 2nd Dec 09, 1:15 PM
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    • 2nd Dec 09, 1:15 PM
    I searched using select all as most people would and price was not returned from Tesco. Just repeated same with similar result.
  • Former MSE Dan
    • #6
    • 2nd Dec 09, 1:37 PM
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    • 2nd Dec 09, 1:37 PM
    OK thanks - what internet browser (eg. IE7) and operating system (eg. Windows XP) are you using?

    By the way - this is what we are seeing here

    Last edited by Former MSE Dan; 02-12-2009 at 2:38 PM.
    • dogmaryxx
    • By dogmaryxx 2nd Dec 09, 2:09 PM
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    • 2nd Dec 09, 2:09 PM
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    • 2nd Dec 09, 2:09 PM
    IE8 XP

    Using select all search engines
    Last edited by Former MSE Dan; 02-12-2009 at 2:28 PM.
  • Former MSE Dan
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    • 2nd Dec 09, 2:30 PM
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    • 2nd Dec 09, 2:30 PM
    Thanks dogmaryxx,

    If you click the grey/green tab that says Google at the top of the display window in your screenshot, you should hopefully see what we saw in the screenshot i posted above
    • dogmaryxx
    • By dogmaryxx 2nd Dec 09, 2:50 PM
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    • 2nd Dec 09, 2:50 PM
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    • 2nd Dec 09, 2:50 PM
    Understand now. Results are not listed from combined search but only for individual search engines. Not that impressed then, may just as well google in the first place.
    • Gwynlewis
    • By Gwynlewis 3rd Dec 09, 3:53 PM
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    Gwynlewis
    New Megashopbot.com
    Tried it yesterday and found Professor Layton and the Curious Village for £12.85 including P+p. The best my usual checkers (Pricerunner and Kelkoo) could do was £19.97 and £19.99 respectively. And it's coming tomorrow, Royal Mail permitting. Brilliant.
  • SparciaM
    Tried it today to find a Wii game and it couldn't find it. Tried with a brand new DVD and couldn't find it. Tried with an old CD Album and couldn't find it.

    I think I'll stick to Kelkoo and searching the web manually. Was a complete waste of time.

    Nice-ish interface though!!
    • Mobeer
    • By Mobeer 6th Dec 09, 10:20 PM
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    I had apparently the same problem as SparciaM, until I realised the site does not aggeregate results. I was searching the "other" category, and it was far from obvious that although Foudem.co.uk found nothing, other sites did find matching products, but this wsn't obvious.
  • uranian
    neat tool. if you could get it to aggregate all the results into one page, even better (obviously searches would need to be specific for that to work). one price comparison engine that i use often that isn't listed is shopwiki...between that, ebay and froogle, and especially now that i've learnt of the joys of cashback courtesy of this most excellent website, i can normally find good prices.
    • VoucherMan
    • By VoucherMan 9th Dec 09, 6:10 PM
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    Searched for Old Spice aftershave 150ml bottle.

    Best price £7.90
    most expensive Boots @ £11.19 **

    (** Boots own website shows £7.99 and 3 for 2)

    Google search
    Superdrug £5.00
    Shop.com £6.99

    mysupermarket (Sainsburys) £5.36

    So unless it's improved then it's another Thanks, but no thanks from me.
    • Wee Bargain Hunter
    • By Wee Bargain Hunter 20th Jan 10, 12:10 PM
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    Hi just thought I'd mention that I like the megashopbot and used it loads before Christmas. It can be a bit tricky to navigate on a netbook though but not impossible.
    I know there's pressure on space but I really think it would be useful to have a link to it from every page instead of having to go search for it. It is something that could potentially be used more often than say, the premium bonds calculator.

    Re the books section, there's a really good shop-bot called bookkoob.co.uk that I've been using for a few years & find really useful. A MSE'er told me about it! Maybe it could also be included? It's easy to use & has a very simple interface - useful if you are using a small screen.
    Anyway thanks for providing the shopbot - it's been really useful to me!
  • spud13
    Apologies if I'm posting this in completely the wrong place, but it seemed relevant...

    I was sent an email today for some kind of price checker called Invisible Hand (www (dot) getinvisiblehand (dot) com). I've not tried it, but thought you might find it interesting. The blurb is as follows:

    "Comparing prices while shopping online requires a fair amount of shucking and jiving.

    Now there's a new browser add-on called Invisible Hand that makes this a seamless, automatic part of your shopping experience.

    Once downloaded, Invisible Hand sits unobtrusively on your browser bar. As you shop it provides a discreet notification when the product you’re searching for can be bought for a lower price elsewhere.

    Assuming you want to save money you click on the provided link and purchase the item at a lower price.

    The tool is currently compatible with 115 major retailers, including Amazon, Overstock and Borders.com.

    Invisible Hand works with both Firefox and Google Chrome, though the company plans to release a version for Internet Explorer in the coming months."
  • Tiger_DJ
    Long-standing bug with the new version:

    I can see you guys are using mootools, and good job on that, but there are some errors in your usage of mootools-more.

    Might I suggest using Firebug for Firefox? You're using the minified version of mootools-core, so error messages are not great over here.

    Anyway, the error prints undefined in the area where results are presumably supposed to show. IE8 errors similarly as well.

    If it is relevant, I was searching under Electronics and then Games.
    • frivolous_fay
    • By frivolous_fay 8th Dec 10, 12:19 PM
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    frivolous_fay
    Popular thread, not ;-)

    I was able to beat the bot's best price for perfume at theperfumeshop.com - plus there's a free postage option there.

    Also - I was viewing the results in IE8 and had to scroll from left to right to view the partially obscured prices... bit annoying.
    My TV is broken!
    Edit: refunded £515 for TV 1.5 years out of warranty - thank you Sale of Goods Act!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th Dec 10, 9:28 PM
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    I've just used this for the first time, even with the window maximised I can't see the prices. The central column is too wide, should be using variable widths, not fixed really. In FF there was no scroll bar option.

    Also, when I tried to report this as feedback, it launched Outlook - but I don't have email configured on this PC so that was annoying.
  • faagble
    Results are not listed from combined search but only for individual search engines.
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