Pricing Records Pages
As everyone should be aware of by now, pricing can vary greatly from store-to-store. Everyone should also know that you can use the Inventory Checkers to search your item and see its current local real-time stock availability and pricing at stores near you. What many may not be aware of is the Pricing Records feature that is accessible to Premium and Extreme members. The Pricing Records page is not a real-time updated page, even though it does look very similar to the Inventory Checker page it has a completely separate purpose. The Pricing Records page shows snapshots of all of the known prices and availability that our system has detected nationwide. This can be useful in many different ways, depending on how savvy a person may be with the information, but one of the main benefits that any member should be able to take away from this page is the ability to determine what common markdown prices you might expect to see in your area.
For example, let's say that you saw a set of Pioneer Woman cutlery in the Today’s Markdowns pages so you know that it is being commonly marked down at some stores nationwide but they’re still full price at $49 in your area when you search them locally using the Inventory Checker page. If you access the Pricing Records page for that item, you could look at all of the known prices for that item and see that $15 is the most common lowest markdown for that item so you could expect them to possibly eventually reach that price if, or when, they begin to drop in price locally.
Accessing the Pricing Records Pages
Typically, to navigate to the Pricing Records page, it would be done for a specific item or page, usually from the Inventory Checker page. It can also be accessed individually from the deal tiles from many of the pages in the Members Area. For simplicity and due to popularity, we’ll use an item from the Walmart Inventory Checker in our examples. Once you search the item on the Inventory Checker page, click on the Pricing Records icon.
Searching a SKU or UPC
Similar to the Inventory Checker pages, you can access the Pricing Records for items by using the SKU or UPC search feature at the top of the page. You can also change the way that the page sorts by using the Sort By dropdown.
Once you have the page loaded and you’re viewing the Pricing Records page for an item you’ll see some basic information provided first in the Product Info area.
Store Availability - Here you see the % of stores that have the item discounted, which is based on the reported MSRP. This number can sometimes be skewed or confusing so hopefully we can clarify it here to reduce that. If the MSRP of the item is reported to BrickSeek as being $59 but that number is inflated and almost all stores have the item priced at $49, then that means that almost all of the stores have the item discounted. This does not indicate that the price is discounted by that % off. You’ll also find the In Stock % listed here, which indicates the % of stores that carry that item and have the item in stock.
Pricing Records - Below the store availability info is a quick glimpse of the Pricing Records prices information, which is simply reporting the highest known price for that item as well as the lowest known price of the item.
Viewing the Pricing Records Pages
When you’re viewing the results table of the Pricing Records pages, there are a few things that you may notice right from the start -- like the Store, Updated, Availability, and Price columns. One of the most important things here that needs to be pointed out is the Updated column, which is another clear indicator that the Pricing Records page is not updated in real-time. The info in the Updated column informs you of when that information was last updated and detected by our system, which could be minutes ago or could be a year ago! It’s important to pay attention to that sometimes.
Again, there are many different ways that our members use the Pricing Records pages but one takeaway that we wanted to teach here with the use of this page is to learn how to use it to determine what the common prices are for items so that it becomes easier for you to figure out what prices you can expect to see for items so that you can make the best buying decisions.