It’s sad when a product you had your eye on sells out. But that doesn’t mean you have to bookmark the product page, write a note on your hand to recheck it hourly, check it hourly, tell all your friends to check it hourly, lock yourself in a dark room to check it hourly, stop showing up to your job because you’re checking it hourly, get fired from your job, lose all your friends, your dog, your house, etc.
Just set up restock emails to receive alerts when the product becomes available again.
There are a couple ways to do this. You can receive restock alerts through repeatedly registering with new on-site email alerts every time you encounter a product shortage with a different retailer, or through a one-stop-shop website monitoring tool, like Visualping.io.
Many retailers offer on-site email alerts to notify you when products are restocked.
You select the Email Me When Back in Stock button on the product page, and then give your email to the retailer.
Seems straightforward enough, until you realize it isn’t: you usually have to accept several pages of the retailer’s terms and conditions: dense blocks of mind-numbing legalese you know you won’t actually read and — if you’re aware of some of the crazy things people have unknowingly agreed to — feel guilty about.
You usually also have to create an account: that’s slapping together a username and password you will likely forget about later, considering you’ll be repeating this registration process with the plethora of other retailers you’ll need to receive restock alerts from.
Keep in mind, with some on-site emails, your address becomes automatically approved to receive spam. Especially if you register with more than one retailer, watch as your inbox goes up in flames from all the unsolicited advertisements that will deter your attention from the one email you asked for: the restock alert.
If you’re not interested in the hassle of registering with numerous retailers to receive restock alerts, then our change detection tool is the option for you.
An easy-to-use and free automation service, Visualping is the world’s top website monitoring tool. We have over 1.5 million users – out of which 83% are Fortune 500 companies.
You can forget about intermittently scouring the pages for updates to your products’ availability, because Visualping will check the pages for changes for you.
You can also view all of the product pages you’re monitoring in one place — your Visualping user database.
Visualping sends you an email alert displaying the webpage changes in the form of a screenshot, with the changes highlighted for your perusal. Changes that were added to the page are highlighted in green. Changes that were removed are highlighted in red.
For monitoring a product’s availability, we recommend you use our Visual-compare feature. As this feature allows our system to monitor webpage pixels, the email alerts display a screenshot of the webpage changes.
Keep it simple. Visualping is your one-stop-shop for receiving all your restock alerts in one place.
And setting it up is a breeze.
Step 1: To monitor product pages in one place, begin by copying and pasting the first URL of the product page you wish to monitor in our homepage’s search field. You don’t need to first sign up. Click Go.
Step 2: When the page appears in our monitor screen, select the area of you page you wish to track, such as the entire page, or just the area surrounding the out of stock label.
Step 3: Specify how often you would like Visualping to check the page for you - every 5 minutes, 30 minues, hourly, daily, etc.
Step 4: Sit back and let Visualping do the work for you.
The Access Site link at the bottom of the email will take you straight to the product page, where you can promptly make your purchase as soon as the product is restocked. The View Changes link will take you to your user dashboard, where you can view all the product pages you are monitoring - in one place.
How it works: Visualping will take an initial screenshot of the out of stock product and then, at the frequency you choose, take subsequent screenshots at regular intervals, comparing them to the previous to detect changes.