This may seem like a no-brainer, but Amazon is not the saint that it is made out to be. I always check Amazon first because they usually have the lowest prices, but not always. It also offers the easiest and most comprehensive place to find reviews to see if you should continue to price check that product or go back to the drawing board and find something else.
Unlike other retailers who only sell their goods, Walmart has taken an Amazon-like approach to their website. Believe it or not there are many occasions where I find goods cheaper on Walmart’s site than Amazon. It is always worth the double check, even if it only saves a buck or two.
I do this usually just to remind myself that Overstock never has the best prices…EVER.
I love eBay, but the problem is that it is too damn unreliable. When it comes to price checking it is a gambit because you could see a product that is way underpriced, but the shipping is through the roof. Then there are unscrupulous sellers who will take your money and not ship you anything and there is always the foreign knock offs which are being sold as the real deal. If you are lucky enough to find a real deal you should jump on it immediately, one time I got my wife a 100% genuine North Face jacket for $60 brand new. Sometimes you just get lucky and find something that no one else is searching for that day.
The Google Search
This is a last ditch effort in order to make sure that I am not missing a cheaper price somewhere in the corners of the internet. I will usually search for “cheap XXXXX,” or “lowest priced XXXXX.” More often than not I am brought back to one of the above four, but every once in a while you will find that site which is apparently located right behind the back of a truck.