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Check Wii/DS stock "instantly" at Amazon + Play + StopTo.net + Argos

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9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
I keep noticing how the major online retailers Play, Amazon, Argos and even ShopTo are randomly selling out of the Nintendo Wii/DS and a few hours later getting a ton more stock, so to aid people in finding out of stock is available quickly, I made a small program that checks all four retailers in the background for the Wii and DS.

If stock is available at one of the shops, a link will appear with the price and retailer's name as well as an alert telling you.

It doesn't automatically refresh at set intervals right now, but just reload the page every few minutes and it'll check.

All checks are done "on-demand" and so the program doesn't rely on stock availability websites (you get stock updates first).

I make no money out of this (there's no affiliate links or anything like that) so please don't vote too cold without actually trying it.

The page takes about 10 seconds to load because it's going to all four of the retailers in the background so be patient, it could help you get you're Wii and maybe in time for Christmas.

Thanks all! :D

http://prenvo.com/instantstock/
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9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
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#1
[FONT="Arial"][SIZE="3"]Great Idea and much appreciated!! There should be more like you, that are willing to create something to help others out of a tight jam.[/SIZE][/FONT]

:thumbsup:
#2
http://www.shopto.net/page.php?page=dettagli&matcat=&categ=&platform=&codart=WIICO10

Wii in stock at shopto, however your site says no wii stock.....
#3
jackthelad
http://www.shopto.net/page.php?page=dettagli&matcat=&categ=&platform=&codart=WIICO10

Wii in stock at shopto, however your site says no wii stock.....


The site doesn't check for bundles (the one you linked to is a Wii with "Red steel"- not the Wii (and Wii sports) on its own.

I thought that it would be pointless if it checks for bundles because a lot of shops have bundles, but not the Wii itself (£179.99)

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#4
you didnt write that though ;-)

Thanks anyway, rep left
#5
I'm actually going over to Ireland for Christmas today so I'll only be able to add more retailers/bundles (if you want them) at the airport.

Post a comment here ASAP if you want me to add more retailers/product variations with a link to the site and I'll try to get it updated at the airport.

I'll also make it reload itself every 30 seconds so you can leave it open and it'll alert you as soon as stock is available.
banned#6
So if it pops up an alert that its in stock and I follow the link, who's affiliate ID is added to the sale URL? :whistling:
banned#7
COLD.

Your site says Amazon has stock, but clicking on the link to Amazon, they are out of stock.
#8
I'm at poly at the moment and am interested as to how you do this sort of thing.

Can you provide me with any pointers?
#9
Fair enough, but there is already an excellent site at

[url]www.wii-consoles.co.uk/[/url]

where you can check stock at even more stores for the wii and DS and other related items.

We got two DS's for our kids and a wii as a direct result of this site, they email you as well if you sign up for the notifications and the pages refreshes automatically every minute.

Not knocking your site at all but it's already been done.
#10
I don't want to ruin your idea, but there is already a Wii stock locator that includes a real-time update facility with pop up, and this checks for bundles and just the Wii:
http://www.wii-consoles.co.uk/
#11
erics
I don't want to ruin your idea, but there is already a Wii stock locator that includes a real-time update facility with pop up, and this checks for bundles and just the Wii:
http://www.wii-consoles.co.uk/


Sorry - pipped you to it.

It is good though. I dont know if its links are affiliate ones or not, we used it to locate stock then went through quidco or nectar to get cashback or points on the purchases.
#12
avidshopper
Fair enough, but there is already an excellent site at

[url]www.wii-consoles.co.uk/[/url]

where you can check stock at even more stores for the wii and DS and other related items.

We got two DS's for our kids and a wii as a direct result of this site, they email you as well if you sign up for the notifications and the pages refreshes automatically every minute.

Not knocking your site at all but it's already been done.


its been done a few times so nothing new

cold for me

bit behind times
#13
Your attempt at helping people out hasn't absolutely rocked my world, so I'm voting ice cold.

Welcome to the ruthless world of hotukdeals.
#14
i dont have any use for it as i already have a wii and yeah there are sites already out there which do this, but you took time out of your life to help others. voted hot
#15
travellers
So if it pops up an alert that its in stock and I follow the link, who's affiliate ID is added to the sale URL? :whistling:


No affiliate ID is added at all; it just goes direct to the product page at the retailer's website.

Sorry I can't quote and reply to everybody- I'm using my mobile to post (Nokia E61 ;))

My program actually checks the retailer's website, whereas almost all other websites have people checking and posting updates (which is significantly slower and less reliable).
banned#16
fluberjit
i dont have any use for it as i already have a wii and yeah there are sites already out there which do this, but you took time out of your life to help others. voted hot

yeah - about a month too late!
banned#17
Calamitie
No affiliate ID is added at all; it just goes direct to the product page at the retailer's website.

Sorry I can't quote and reply to everybody- I'm using my mobile to post (Nokia E61 ;))

My program actually checks the retailer's website, whereas almost all other websites have people checking and posting updates (which is significantly slower and less reliable).

no they don't. and congrats on getting this up pretty much when its too late for posting for christmas.

meh... im sorry but I fail to see the point in what you've done really...
#18
bc.jacobs
COLD.

Your site says Amazon has stock, but clicking on the link to Amazon, they are out of stock.


The site only says "In stock" if it is in stock, so it's pretty likely that you just missed the last few available.

For those wondering how it works; it uses PHP to download the page's HTML and parses the information out of it.

Please bear in mind that I made this for my cousin because those other sites were always out-of-date for him- I shared this with HUKD incase it'd help others so stop telling me how bad it is until I've updated it...
#19
I am not in the market for a ds or wii, but genuinely appreciate the effort you have gone to here.

I am aghast at the negativity of other posters - the guy built something and shared it - YOU choose whether to use it or not but no need to shoot him down!

CHEERS Cal !
1 Like #20
vibeone
no they don't. and congrats on getting this up pretty much when its too late for posting for christmas.

meh... im sorry but I fail to see the point in what you've done really...


Well done for your excellent sarcasm use :\

Many sites can deliver for tomorrow or Saturday with their fastest mail option, including Amazon.

If you don't see a use in it don't use it; it's for people that find it helpful.

I'll be adding SMS alerts to it soon so it'll tell you without ging on the site constantly...
banned#21
Calamitie
The site only says "In stock" if it is in stock, so it's pretty likely that you just missed the last few available.

For those wondering how it works; it uses PHP to download the page's HTML and parses the information out of it.


It said in stock, Amazon said out of stock. I reloaded your page, it still said in stock, Amazon out of stock. Now your page says out of stock.

Are you sure your page doesn't access it's information through some cache that may be out of date?
#22
Thanks for trying to help.
Don't let negative comments put you off helping again, I think most people appreciate your efforts.
#23
Why does Amazon say the black DS is in stock but when you click the product there's no option to buy for 99.99 :(
#24
No use to me but I voted hot because you took the time to post it on here for others to use.

Thanks and keep up the good work.
#25
There are other stock checkers out there already better than this
#26
Yeah well said hondar. I voted HOT.

These PHP scripts work a lot quicker than Wii-consoles website and I used one (http://www.cspiby.entadsl.com/stock.php) to get me an Amazon Wii last month.

This includes DS too so anybody voting cold just because they use Wii-console checker site just doesn't get it (or their Nintendo's!).
#27
i just picked up a wii from gamestation in store.
had to buy 4 games with it though as a package.
#28
Wii-Consoles.co.uk was the best one when I was looking for a Wii. You can carry on browsing whatever in another tab and it will pop up and let you know, so you don't have to keep checking.
#29
helpful so thanks and hot.
#30
Voted hot!! Ignore all the humbugs that are slagging it off. Don't see them all trying to help other folk!! Well done you!! Merry Xmas!!
#31
No use to me but its great that members go out their way too do things like this. May be this program will be used for other items that are hard to get hold of in the future.

Voted hot and repped
banned#32
we're not humbugs for saying its already been done a million times over. Theres no point in trying to help other folk - because everyone else has already done it - about a month ago.
banned#33
vibeone
no they don't. and congrats on getting this up pretty much when its too late for posting for christmas.

meh... im sorry but I fail to see the point in what you've done really...


I can't believe this guy who is trying to help people out for zero personal gain has to put up with posts like yours. Why post at all?
#34
vibeone
yeah - about a month too late!


i dont know why you bother to help tits like vibeone, i hope he has a poo xmas:x:x:x
banned#35
davstarr
I can't believe this guy who is trying to help people out for zero personal gain has to put up with posts like yours. Why post at all?


because I'm entitled to an opinion just like you.

If I go out and make a wheel - and then post on here telling you about it - would you vote that hot as well?

Its a completely pointless exercise in my opinion. I'm just trying to work out what he gets out of it - there must be some reason.

if people help people - thats great. this is just the same old same old. Please explain why this should be rated hot when the systems have existed for ages? - see my bold comment above.
banned#36
REXISMYDOG
i dont know why you bother to help tits like vibeone, i hope he has a poo xmas:x:x:x

very mature - see my post above for why this whole thread is completely pointless.

oh and I hope your christmas is **** as well - maybe a family pet could die or something.

See I can be immature and pathetic just as well as you.
#37
he is trying to help people out - dont know if your aware but its called good will and all that.Some people can be nice and want to help others, while others just sit on there big fat **** and slate other peoples good work ..there rant over as its xmas
1 Like #38
It doesn't use any cache, which is why it takes so long to load.

sumpter
Why does Amazon say the black DS is in stock but when you click the product there's no option to buy for 99.99 :(


It only checks for the white DS because it *seems* to be the most widely available, but checking for other colours is one of the top priority features for the update. If I was at home I woul have made it a lot better by now but unfortunately I'm on-route to Stansted :p
#39
uncharitable ******** :) give the guy a break, it is christmas
#40
vibeone
very mature - see my post above for why this whole thread is completely pointless.

oh and I hope your christmas is **** as well - maybe a family pet could die or something.

See I can be immature and pathetic just as well as you.


no thats just nasty as my dog is actually going to the vet tomoz for an operation so cheers matey merry xmas !!!!!

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