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AliExpress price weirdness

So I have 3 things I was watching on AliExpress, and lately the price has doubled. I figured it was because of a labor shortage, and that made sense. But then I discovered the website https://www.pricearchive.org and the prices are showing up each day as the old prices. For example, here’s an Opus charger that I bought for $27 many months ago. I wanted one more, but AliExpress shows the price is now at $43. But pricearchive says the price is at $23.56 today. What the heck. Do they have an app that offers different prices? Am I being singled out as high risk because of a past dispute? I don’t know why only PriceArchive sees the prices I expect. Can someone else confirm?

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32983004918.html?spm=a2g0o.cart.0.0.763c...

https://www.pricearchive.org/aliexpress.com/item/32983004918

Edited by: Joshk on 02/10/2020 - 08:54
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Recently I noticed that the price on the item page can be different from the one on search results. This may be related…

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Agro wrote:
Recently I noticed that the price on the item page can be different from the one on search results. This may be related…

That usually happens when they set the listing up as having different “models”, but the cheap “model” is just an accessory (like a power cord).

Can you confirm if you follow my links you see the prices I see?

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AliExpress:
Original Opus BT- C3100 V2.2 Smart Digital Intelligent 4 LCD Slots Universal Battery Charger for Rechargeable Battery | EU Plug US $43.60
Original Opus BT- C3100 V2.2 Smart Digital Intelligent 4 LCD Slots Universal Battery Charger for Rechargeable Battery | US Plug US $43.60
Original Opus BT- C3100 V2.2 Smart Digital Intelligent 4 LCD Slots Universal Battery Charger for Rechargeable Battery | UK Plug non-available to select for me

Price Archive price is also US $ 23.56 but no history and selecting the blue button “open on AliExpress” shows again the page US $43.60

Update: Search for “Opus BT- C3100 V2.2” in AE’s searchbar brings up quite a few results, some just under US $30

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Joshk wrote:
Agro wrote:
Recently I noticed that the price on the item page can be different from the one on search results. This may be related…

That usually happens when they set the listing up as having different “models”, but the cheap “model” is just an accessory (like a power cord).

Can you confirm if you follow my links you see the prices I see?


Yes, I confirm that I see what you see.
No, I don’t mean the scam of showing the cheapest “variant” but rather the case when the search listing is cheaper than the cheapest variant. Often the only variant.
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Thanks for confirming.

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The same happens to me…

The cheapest that I found: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32834470137.html

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Hmm, it seems they slashed the price just minutes ago. Thanks MtnDon.

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probably pricearchive does not update the price in real-time, so you still see the old price

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I had been manually tracking my items in the cart, so I knew the price history for the last few days already when I discovered priceArchive.org.

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Perhaps the price fluctuates a lot during the hours we sleep in the US, and it’s during those hours priceArchive takes their one sample per day.

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I feel your pain. I’ve gotten so disillusioned with AX/GB/BG/whatever (FT is still in my good graces, though), that I’ve pretty much just be contributing to the “buy Bezos his new hot-tub” fund.

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Hello Joshk and all the members of this topic.

My name is Vitali and I’m developing Pricearchive. Sometimes I browse the mentions of the service on Google and that’s how I saw the topic. Allow me to add a few comments to clarify the situation.

Joshk,
Every day our service tracks about 12 million goods. That’s a huge number. But the fact is, on the Aliexpress, more than 40 million goods are on sale every day. Unfortunately, Aliexpress has limits on the amount of information we can get in one day. So it’s impossible to track all the goods. You are interested in just such a product about which we did not collect information earlier. See the price chart. It indicates that price information was received last time on February 7 and the exact time is indicated.
I do my best to have as few products as possible with a small amount of data. An update will be launched tomorrow, which will significantly reduce the number of such products.
There is one more good news. If you checked the product through the Search on the Pricearchive website (for this you need to insert its address in the form *** https: //***.aliexpress.com/***) or looked at the history of price changes in our browser extension, then Pricearchive will collect data on it every day. True, with the exception of today, because today technical work is being carried out that prevents this.

Agro wrote:
Recently I noticed that the price on the item page can be different from the one on search results. This may be related…

Perhaps this happens, but this is most likely not the case.

Joshk wrote:
That usually happens when they set the listing up as having different “models”, but the cheap “model” is just an accessory (like a power cord).

This certainly happens, but this is not your case.

Grigio wrote:
Price Archive price is also US $ 23.56 but no history and selecting the blue button “open on AliExpress” shows again the page US $43.60

Please check the exact time on the price chart Pricearchive received the price information. I would probably agree that the time of receipt of price information should be specified additionally next to the product picture. I added this to the implementation list. Sorry if this is misleading.

Joshk wrote:
Perhaps the price fluctuates a lot during the hours we sleep in the US, and it’s during those hours priceArchive takes their one sample per day.

No, Aliexpress prices usually change no more than once a day. I can say this with confidence. Yeah, it may happen that Pricearchive will receive a price at the beginning of the day and after 10 hours it will change. In this case, you always see the exact time of receipt of the price on the price chart, and thus you have everything to make a purchasing decision.

Joshk, If you have time to wait until the price drops to what you want, you can use our price drop email alerts.

And I will add one more good news. In about a month, Pricearchive will show the same goods from different sellers, if they exist. Thus, you can find cheaper products without waiting until the price of the product you find is reduced.

I will be happy to answer your questions if you still have them.