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Topic # 239710 31-Jul-2018 13:12
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If, like me, you are frustrated by the new PriceSpy then you can get back to the old format at Classic PriceSpy on your web browser. I'm not sure if it that there is a similar option for the mobile app.

 

The classic site allows comparisons between products within a filtered list by comparing the columns I select to display. The new site does not. All I can see for laptops, for example, is the screen size, installed RAM and weight. That is effectively useless to me because other specs are at least as important, such as, screen resolution, CPU, SSD installed/size. If I want that detail then I have to select each laptop and view the specs for each individually.

 

Plus, if I further refine any filtered list, I will still have to revisit the specs in each item to compare them. Here's an example, if I filter the list of laptops to only select those with FullHD (1920x1080) or higher screen resolution then I cannot tell what resolution each laptop has unless I display its specs.

 

An alternative approach to coping with the new format is to have a separate filtered list for each specific screen resolution. I won't have to do all the screen resolutions this way because the highest screen resolutions have so few laptops that I could have one list for resolutions of 4K and higher. But that still means several lists that I cannot easily compare side-by-side.

 

The old format definitely needed an update but PriceSpy didn't have to lose key functionality to improve it. Some of the faults in the old format:

 

  • it is too complex for most people to use easily and too busy on the eye;
  • the user rating column is a default that I've never used because people don't give many ratings for what they buy and it is no help for newly introduced products;
  • the default columns for CPU and GPU are useful for gaming but more useful later in the search process for non-gaming computers where RAM, screen size and resolution and SSD size are more helpful in initially filtering a list - CPU/GPU specs used to be essential info when many old CPUs/GPUs could not handle high quality video streams but now they can all do FullHD video.

 

 

P.S. Edited for grammar and clarity and to correct automatic spell-check changes that made no sense.


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  Reply # 2065652 31-Jul-2018 13:22
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Thanks for the link to the old version - another of my gripes with the new version is the lack of history in relation to prices, ie no ability to see price history at a store level. Still available With the original!

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  Reply # 2065759 31-Jul-2018 16:18
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That's not Classic PriceSpy, this is Classic PriceSpy!


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  Reply # 2065765 31-Jul-2018 16:28
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Kyanar:

 

That's not Classic PriceSpy, this is Classic PriceSpy!

 



Wow, bringing back back memories!  AMD Athlon MP 2800+ 2.13GHz, I had 2 of those! Hard to believe they where $400!


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  Reply # 2065781 31-Jul-2018 17:10
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I liked that version too. I remember they changed it in 2009, there was a hell of an uproar.

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  Reply # 2065855 31-Jul-2018 20:07
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Thanks, the latest design made it useless except for the most basic whole category searches for me, quickly dropped from being an integral part of daily life due to frustration.

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  Reply # 2065874 31-Jul-2018 21:11
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does not. All I can see for laptops, for example, is the screen size, installed RAM and weight. That is effectively useless to me because other specs are at least as important, such as, screen resolution, CPU, SSD installed/size. If I want that detail then I have to select each laptop and view the specs for each individually.

 

 

With you on the filters (seems like history repeating) but there are two traps here - laptop specs usually aren't the full picture.

 

Even on old Pricespy it's one-by-one trying to judge the real qualities of each laptop, like sturdiness, runs cool, exterior finish and features, has the keys in the "right places" and has physical buttons on the touch pad!

 

 


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  Reply # 2066457 1-Aug-2018 17:20
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howsitgoing:

 

With you on the filters (seems like history repeating)

 

 

I still remember the GPforums discussion with people saying how usable the old site was and the Swedish guy who bought it constantly just saying like a broken record "but FILTERS! The filters solve your issue!"


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  Reply # 2066463 1-Aug-2018 17:34
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Web 2.0, so annoying..

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  Reply # 2066598 1-Aug-2018 21:41
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Hmmm, how does PriceSpy compare to PriceMe? I've think I've used both and they seem quite similar.


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  Reply # 2066610 1-Aug-2018 22:14
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da5id:

Hmmm, how does PriceSpy compare to PriceMe? I've think I've used both and they seem quite similar.



I had always elected to use Spy not Me in the past, but have increasingly found the former sometimes frustratingly slow to add newly released products, and also display multiple listings for the same product (as opposed to group them under the same item). This site “improvement” to PriceSpy does see me using PriceMe more often as well...

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