Quick shout-out to all my Canadian readers. Anyone Canooks out there? Anyway, I often watch the web surfing habits of my beautiful and non-geeky fiance to take a step outside my gadget-and-rss-filled bubble and see what issues are out there for the average Joe.
Friday we were searching for a rental car and she had a fantastic (but time-consuming) way of finding the best price. First, she would go to a major rental car agencies main site (i.e. http://www.hertz.com). Next, she would search for the type of car and the dates to get the prices. Then she did a Google search (I know, I’m trying to convert her!) to find a coupon code for Hertz. She’d enter in the coupon code, and if the price didn’t go low enough, she’d repeat the process until she found a good price.
If you’ve got the time, it’s actually a great way to get discounts online. She ended up saving us a good $100 or so, somewhere around 30% off the normal rates, or just around 2/5 of a Wii. (You might be a geek if…you measure the cost of a nice dinner in terms of gadgets. You know what I’m talking about.).
So today’s idea is basically a browser plug-in that does that basically automates that process. When you open up a page with a coupon code, the plug-in searches for the best coupon for that site and auto-fills the code. Another feature could be a quick Froogle search of other sites that are offering that same item, with links to sites that offer the item for less money than the current vendor.
Lots going on lately, apologize again for the lack of ideas. I’m getting married two weeks from tomorrow, on the beach in Maui…I can’t wait! As a result, things will be pretty slow around here until September. In the meantime, I hope you’re all staying safe and enjoying your summer.