Local Inventory Alerts
One of the best features, and also one of the most underutilized features, offered by BrickSeek is the Local Inventory Alerts. Have you ever looked up an item on BrickSeek’s Inventory Checker page only to find out that the item’s price still hasn’t dropped low enough to your liking or that its out of stock? Use BrickSeek’s Local Inventory Alerts and let our system periodically check that item for you locally and we’ll send you an email when we detect a change in price or inventory!
As a reminder, the total number of Local Inventory Alerts and how often they’re checked do vary by membership level. Extreme members can have up to 20 active alerts that are checked twice daily, Premium members have up to 5 alerts that are checked once daily, and registered Basic members get 1 active alert that is checked a few times per week. Premium and Extreme members can also opt for additional Local Alert Packs add-ons for extra alerts, alerts that are checked more often, or both.
Adding Items to Your Local Inventory Alerts List
The most common way of adding items to your BrickSeek Local Inventory Alerts List is after searching an item locally using the Inventory Checker page. Due to popularity, we’ll use Walmart in our examples to make it easier to follow. First, we’ll start off by going to the Walmart Today’s Markdowns page to look for items of interest.
Next, we’re going to take a look locally for the Keurig K-Elite seen above and we’re going to click on the image of the item to take us to the Inventory Checker for that item. The Inventory Checker page is going to load and automatically search the zip code associated with our Extreme account. The price of this Keurig has been detected as low as $17 nationwide, so let’s take a look at what the price is for it in our area.
Once the Inventory Checker page has completed loading, we’re going to scroll down to see the local results to see if this Keurig is already on clearance locally at a price that we like or if we need to set an alert to be notified when better prices become available. In our example, the lowest price locally is $75, as seen by the blue price, and other stores have them in stock between $75 and $125, so we’ll add an alert for that item in hopes that a local store’s price drops and we’ll be notified via email of any changes.
To add a Local Inventory Alert for this Keurig, we’re going to scroll back up the page to view the product info section and click on the Local Alerts icon. The Add a New Local Alert dialog box will appear, where you can input or modify the zip code, and then click the blue Add Local Alert confirmation button. Once the alert has been added, a Transaction Successful confirmation box will appear. Simply click the OK button to continue.
Accessing Your Local Inventory Alerts List
Now that we’ve added items to our Local Inventory Alerts List, let’s take a look at how to access your list. Your Local Inventory Alerts list can be easily accessed by clicking on the account icon in the upper right corner of BrickSeek and then choosing Local Inventory Alerts.
Viewing Your Local Inventory Alerts
Now that you’re viewing the Local Inventory Alerts page, you’ll notice each item is separated into its own line. Each item on the list includes the title of the item; the SKU; the zip code that was set for that alert; the retailer that the alert was set for; an optional Tags section (Extreme only); type of alert that is set; and the last time that the alert was checked by the system.
As you can see in the above screenshot, we have two Local Alerts set on this account out of a possible 20 total alerts. Both alerts are set to notify us if the price or the quantity of those items change locally.
Deleting, Editing, and Filtering the Local Inventory Alerts
Now that you’re getting familiar with adding items to your Local Inventory Alerts, let's take a closer look at how to edit it, update, and how to sort the Local Inventory Alerts.
To delete something from your Local Inventory Alerts list, click in the radio box to the left of the item to select it and then click on the “Delete Selected” button at the top of the Local Inventory Alerts list.
Once you select the “Delete Selected” button, a new pop-up dialog box will appear that asks you to confirm that you really want to delete the selected items from your Local Inventory Alerts. Select “Cancel” if you did this by accident or select “Yes, delete selected items” to confirm.
To edit an item from your Local Inventory Alerts, like changing the alert type to notify you of only pricing changes or to turn off an alert, under the Alerts column you click on the dropdown and choose from the list. If you wanted to disable an alert, you would choose None. If you wanted to be notified of only price changes you would choose Price. If you wanted to be notified of price and inventory changes then you would choose Price & Quantity. Once you make your change, the “Save Changes” button will turn green and you would click on it to save your changes.
If you are an Extreme member then you can also add product tags to Local Inventory Alerts to help easily filter your list of items. For example, if I were an Extreme member and I had multiple TVs, diapers, and toys on my Local Inventory Alerts list, adding product tags would make it much easier for me to filter my list to find specific items that I was looking to make changes to.
To add a Tag to an item, under the Tags column you would first click on the + button. A pop-up dialog box will appear that allows you to type in whatever you want as a new tag label. Any existing tags will also appear next to “My Tags:” and you could click on the tag also. Once you type in the label for your tag, press the “Add Tags” button.
Once you are finished adding tags to items, the “Save Changes” button turns green and you will select that button to save your changes again. A pop-up dialog box will appear that asks you to confirm that you really want to save the changes. Select “Cancel” if you did this by accident or select “Yes, save all changes” to confirm.
Now that you have tags assigned to items, you can now filter your alert list by using the panel on the left to either filter by retailer or by the product tags.
In this example, we are going to filter the Local Inventory Alerts by the new tv product tag. Once you select a product tag from the dropdown menu the page will refresh and show only the items that have that product tag assigned to them.
If you find yourself running out of the allotted Local Inventory Alerts, you can increase the size of the alerts list by opting for a Local Inventory Alerts add-on. To quickly and easily do that, go to your account and manage your subscriptions and add-ons to add more. There is also a step by step tutorial here https://help.brickseek.com/hc/en-us/articles/360051868073-Managing-your-BrickSeek-Subscription-Add-ons#alerts.
Once you click that button, you will be directed to the https://brickseek.com/local-alert-packs/ page to choose from the following Local Alert Packs:
- Alerts Run Twice as Often with 1 additional alert - this pack included 1 additional alert and will increase the frequency of your alerts to run twice as often as they currently do. If you’re a Premium member they will run approximately 2x daily and if you’re an Extreme member they will run approximately 4x daily.
- 20 Extra Alerts, Twice the Frequency - this pack includes 20 additional Local Inventory Alerts and it will increase the frequency of your alerts to run twice as often as they currently do. If you’re a Premium member they will run approximately 2x daily and if you’re an Extreme member they will run approximately 4x daily.
- 50 Extra Alerts, Twice the Frequency - this pack includes 50 additional Local Inventory Alerts and it will increase the frequency of your alerts to run twice as often as they currently do. If you’re a Premium member they will run approximately 2x daily and if you’re an Extreme member they will run approximately 4x daily.