Friday, August 04, 2006

The search for cheap gear continues

Yesterday, the folks over at notindoors let us know about a new price comparison website designed to help you find the best deals on outdoor gear.

notindoors: cheapest gear

If you’re not the spawn of a Rockefeller, Rothschild, or Gates and you feel the need to find the greatest outdoor gear at the best value (read: cheapest price), we have a website for you., in their own words, ‚“displays updated pricing and shipping information for outdoor gear from top web retailers.”
Since I am always on the lookout for a good deal (read: too poor to pay retail), I thought I would check it out. Unfortunately, looks like it still needs some time to expand its database. I searched for four different items and compared the results with some well know price comparison websites: Froogle and BizRate.

Camelbak MULE


C & C Outdoors

Men's North Face Stretch
Venture Jacket


Sports Basement

Oregon Mountain Community

MSR Hubba Hubba Tent

River, Road and Trail


Jetboil Personal
Cooking System


Modern Mountain Man

Travel Country states that they only include stores that are "worth buying from."
We will only feature gear from stores that have the following characteristics: exceptional site usability, great product selection, excellent customer service through live chat or phone, top brands, efficient order processing, and timely fulfillment (just to name a few). If a merchant is featured here, it's worth buying from them. Period.
Perhaps this is why Froogle consistently finds lower prices. I think I will wait until they expand the number of stores in their database before I start using their services. Version 3.0 of their website is due out this fall. We'll check back then.

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