5 Apps To Replace Your Hukkster

UPDATE: As of May 18, 2015 PoachIt has also sent notice that it will shut down.

Many felt the Hukkster shut down was out of no where... probably because it was. Lots of twitter buzz. And equally as sudden, other price alert services coming out of the woodwork. Let's see how they stackup.

Today I'll be comparing a few of these services, focusing on ease of install (onboarding), ease of use, ability to track product attributes (size/color,etc), and support for inventory status.

Here are the ones I'll cover:

  • PoachIt
  • Shoptagr
  • TrackIf
  • Pricify
  • Covvet

PoachIt

Simple one-click to track the product. Clear interface.

Pros

  • Definitely has the best onboarding. Nice visuals.
  • Supports many stores (4,000+)
  • Very quick to Track a product and see coupons
  • Stock status support
  • Has a Mobile app

Cons

  • Doesn't allow to pick attributes (size, color, etc).
  • Can't handle multiple product on a page, and doesn't handle it well.

Overview

  • Onboarding: Good
  • Bookmarklet: Yes
  • Extension: Yes
  • Privacy: Yes
  • Attribute Support: No
  • Inventory Status: Yes

Takeaway

If you're looking to quickly track products across a wide variety of sites, this is it.

Shoptagr

Clicking "+TAG" lets you select a variety of product attribute options.

Pros

  • Good onboarding, quick.
  • Allows you to select attributes (size/color)
  • Geared towards fashion
  • Ability to set Mobile Text alerts

Cons

  • Can't handle multiple product list page (but at least lets you know).
  • Lacks inventory stock status!
  • If you add the same product twice, it adds it again...

Overview

  • Onboarding: Good
  • Bookmarklet: Yes
  • Extension: No
  • Privacy: Yes
  • Attribute Support: Yes
  • Inventory Status: No

*Note: After tagging one of their "Suggested Tags" on their own site I went to shop for it... It was sold out. Stock status is important!

Takeaway

A solid choice for fashionistas.

TrackIf

Simple click to track, and let's me know it isn't in stock.

Clicking "Track" or "Track Availability" shows me historical pricing.

Seeing the prior history influences my purchase decision. Why would I buy this sweet Citrus Lock Clutch at $295 when it's available for $147.5 last month!? Awesome.

Pros

  • Supports adding from Pinterest!
  • Show price history right on page. Pretty cool.
  • Availability support, wohoo!
  • Track more than just retail stuff
  • Has Mobile app for in-store price checks

Cons

  • Um, it let me signup with no password? Then when I tried the Chrome extension it asked me to login. Broken experience there.
  • Onboarding was a bit confusing and unclear.

Overview

  • Onboarding: Fair
  • Bookmarklet: Yes
  • Extension: Yes
  • Privacy: ?
  • Attribute Support: No
  • Inventory Status: Yes

After a few installation hiccups, and being a bit confused as to what is going on, I really liked the features of TrackIf.

Takeaway

Seeing historical pricing information on-site makes TrackIf standout.

Pricify

Look for a "Watch Price" button to appear and click it to track...

Err, wait.. Now click it again to track?

Ok.

Pros

  • Adds a button directly to the product page.
  • Has a Mobile app

Cons

  • No inventory status support.
  • Have to click "Watch Price", then click it again when the item appears on the right side. This is confusing.
  • Got the wrong price with an item on sale at Nordstrom. That's not a good sign.

Overview

  • Onboarding: Very Good
  • Bookmarklet: No
  • Extension: Yes
  • Privacy: ?
  • Attribute Support: No
  • Inventory Status: No

Takeaway

The on-page watch price button is really nice, but the execution after that isn't.

Covvet

Pros

  • Nice slider to set price alert minimum, better than a dropdown menu.
  • Very simple across all UI/UX.
  • Has Privacy options

Cons

  • Supports inventory stock status, but doesn't allow you to Save it.
  • Bookmarklet demo showcases IE while I'm in Chrome (why, just why?)
  • Products less than $100 are automatically Private. Why?

Overview

  • Onboarding: Fair
  • Bookmarklet: Yes
  • Extension: No
  • Privacy: Yes
  • Attribute Support: No
  • Inventory Status: Kinda

Takeaway

Clean, and just really simple to use.

Final note

All have benefits and weaknesses. I really don't think there is a direct replacement, and I think it'll be up to the user to decide which is best for him/her. TrackIf was my favorite because I like charts =)

But I'd say...

Specifically as a Hukkster replacement, Shoptagr is the closest.