Amazon API Helps Open Rebate Site

    January 3, 2006
    WebProNews Staff keeps track of price changes for items purchased by users; a price drop within 30 days of purchase entitles the buyer to apply for a rebate.

When Amazon opened various web services to developers, including Historical Pricing, they probably didn’t have RefundPlease in mind as a potential project for development based on them.

It’s a little-known policy at online retailer that permits buyers to benefit from a price change at the site. Amazon confirmed the policy, which rebates customers the difference in price should it fall within 30 days from the purchase.

The onus falls on the customer to keep track of the price and apply for the change. Now a website called RefundPlease (formerly does that tracking for customers instead.

Users enter the product’s ISBN or ASIN, the price, date of purchase, and an email address. A price drop detected by the site generates an email to the user, along with a link to request a rebate of the difference in price.

RefundPlease plans to add more retailers besides Amazon; one they listed as having a similar price rebate policy is Circuit City. The site lists the total credits found by users as well as the largest single credit found; at press time the numbers were $3,635.51 and $65.55 respectively.

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.