What I’m calling a “button” is actually a bookmarklet. It allows you to save anything you see on the web into ShoppingNotes in just two clicks.

For Firefox, it’s really easy to place this button on the toolbar and takes only 5 seconds, just follow instructions here. If you want to know how to save a product into ShoppingNotes using Firefox, please see illustrations in my previous post.

For Internet Explorer, it’ll take about 30 seconds to put it on your toolbar. Please refer to the illustrations below:

Go to the Install page, right click on “Save to My ShoppingNotes” link, then select “Add to Favorites” from the pull-down menu.

After you do this, two windows will pop up, just click on “Yes” and “OK“.

Then you’ll see a window letting you select where you want to put the “Save to My Shoppingnotes” link into. To make your life easier, select the “Links” folder, then click “OK”.

To see the “Save to My Shoppingnotes” on your toolbar, all you need is to check you toolbar settings under “View” (on the Internet Explorer top menu bar). Make sure “Links” is checked. And if you want to move “Links” to a different place on your toolbar, make sure you unlock the toolbar first so you can move things around. Don’t forget to lock your toolbar after you’ve moved the “Save to My ShoppingNotes” to where you want.

Done!!!  Now everytime you want to save a product into your shoppingnotes, just click on the “Save to My ShoppingNotes” button!

To save a product into ShoppingNotes, follow these instructions (or refer to the step-by-step illustrations I’ve written for Firefox and IE).



You can save any many products into your ShoppingNotes as you want. (I have over 300 items in my ShoppingNotes)

To save any product into your ShoppingNotes, please refer to the step-by-step illustrations I’ve written for Firefox and IE.

Within your ShoppingNotes you can create lists (such as “Household items” or “Back to school”), copy or move any item to a list, delete an item (from your list or your entire ShoppingNotes) and refresh price (retrieves the most up-to-date price on any product from its original website).

You can also sort your products in the order of price, time saved, website name or favorite level. 

Below is an illustration of each function. Please click to enlarge.


To set price alert on a product you have saved in your ShoppingNotes, just click on the “Set Alert” button next to the price.  You can choose to receive alert for any price change or have us notify you only when the price drops below a number (entered by you).  The alert will be active for a maximum of 30 days.  Near the end of the 30 days, you’ll get an email reminding you of the alert you have set.  There’s a big “Renew” button in the email, click once on that button will renew your alerts for another 30 days.


Once you install the ShoppingNotes bookmarklet and place it on your browser’s toolbar, you can save any product into your ShoppingNotes in just two clicks. 

When you’re on a product page at an online store, simply click on the “Save to my ShoppingNotes” button on your toolbar:



If you haven’t already signed in, you’ll see the screen below.  (For those who don’t have a ShoppingNotes account, we encourage you to sign up for one. It only takes 30 seconds, and gives you the benefit of accessing your ShoppingNotes from anywhere. If you click on  “Continue without Signing Up” , you’ll be able to save the product into a temporary account, which resides only on this computer you’re using now).  



After you’ve signed in, you can save the product into your personal ShoppingNotes by clicking on “Save”.  I usually do two things before I click on “Save”, first is to click on the radio button next to “Alert me whenever the price changes” (so I’ll get an email when price changes), second is to select the list that I want the product to go under and click on “Add” (this makes my life easier since I have a lot of products in my ShoppingNotes).



Once you click on “Save”, the product (image, description, price and link) will be saved into your ShoppingNotes in a few seconds.  Now you can either go take a look at your ShoppingNotes by clicking on the “Go To My ShoppingNotes” button or just sit back and let it automatically go back to the original product page you were on.

This is how your ShoppingNotes will look like after you’ve saved this product.  The product you just saved is on the very top.





May 30th, 2008

The other day I was browsing some stuff online, someone walked by and made a joke of me looking like a guy staring at the centerfold of you know what.

That got me thinking, these two behaviors are really not that different.  I can never get tired of looking at another pair of Manoloes. Many times late at night I find myself going through images of bags and shoes without any brain activity,  this is actually quite relaxing after a day’s hard work.

Whenever something does catch my eye, I will start to picture how it would look on me or go with the other pieces in my wardrobe.



Here’s a price alert email sent to me by ShoppingNotes.com on May 5th.


I took one glance at it and concluded the following: the US dollar has really depreciated; the second item is no longer available; and the third item is probably no good.




The first item is from an Italian furniture store, so the price is converted from Euro. The “old” price was the price when I saved the link months ago (I only set price alert on this item the day before, so the price stayed “old” for last few months), and the “new price” is what it is today. Even though I never planned on buying something like that, it still feels “Ouch!” to see the difference.          . 


The second item’s “new” price is blank. The reason for that is because there’s no longer a price listed for this item on its original website, which means it has been either sold out or discontinued.


The third item is a return.  I know this because its “old” price is blank (meaning it was sold out).  Now the price is back at $990, someone must have returned her bag so it’s available for purchase again.  If I buy it now, I would be getting a returned product. For a bag it doesn’t matter much, but if it’s a 42 inch LCD TV, I’d better think twice.  Is there some flaw with this product (otherwise why would someone want to return it)? A dead pixel maybe?  Do I want to go through the hassle of dragging it back to UPS?


So, depending on your level of price-obsession, you can have a lot of fun deciphering your price alerts like the DaVinci code J.



To set price alert on a product:


You can either do it on the ShoppingNotes front page following these instructions (or refer to Illustrations in my previous post) or using the ShoppingNotes bookmarklet following these instructions.