Amazon is quietly killing a seriously useful feature designed to help shoppers save money. And we're just a few days away from the plug being pulled.
Say goodbye to the Amazon Assistant browser extension as it's being discontinued in just a couple of weeks.
A note on the Amazon Assistant landing page, and also visible on the extension itself, reads: “At Amazon, we’re always experimenting and evaluating the potential of our products. We have made the decision to discontinue Amazon Assistant on March 28, 2023.”
The message also apologizes for any inconvenience this decision may cause, and explains that any Amazon List created via Amazon Assistant will still be accessible beyond the extension’s shutdown date.
If you’ve never used Amazon Assistant, it is a pretty useful tool that works across browsers including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox. While it offers multiple functions, its primary purpose is to facilitate quick price comparisons between Amazon and rival retailers.
So, for example, if you were shopping for an LG C2 OLED deal at Best Buy, you could bring up the Amazon Assistant extension to see if your selected model was cheaper at Amazon. You could also see its Amazon rating without needing to visit the site directly.
Plus, from the extension, you could instantly add the product to your cart or add it to an Amazon wishlist. The app would even offer a selection of additional products for you to consider instead.
Amazon Assistant has long been a useful way to ensure you’re not overpaying for an item when online shopping. And we also appreciated that Amazon opted not to lock it behind a Prime subscription. The Assistant extension was instead made available for free to anybody with an Amazon account. That is assuming of course you were comfortable giving Amazon access to your browser backend and search history.
No reason why
Amazon has not given a concrete reason for why the browser extension is being discontinued, but based on the wording within the announcement post we can assume it is primarily due to low user engagement.
Presumably, not enough people were using the feature to justify the maintenance required to keep it functioning smoothly and securely.
As of yet, there’s no indication that Amazon Assistant’s functionality will be rolled into another Amazon product, so for now, at least, it would seem that after March 28, comparing prices between Amazon and rival retailers will become a little more difficult. Fortunately, there are still several highly useful deal comparison websites out there such as Slickdeals.net. This third-party website can help you find the best price when shopping for in-demand items.
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Rory is an Entertainment Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on gaming and streaming. When he’s not reviewing the latest games, searching for hidden gems on Netflix, or writing hot takes on new gaming hardware, TV shows and movies, he can be found attending music festivals and getting far too emotionally invested in his favorite football team.
Wow, this especially sucks for those of us who use Amazon wishlists as a way to make lists to share with friends and family who aren't technically savvy. Amazon already killed off the bookmarklet they had for adding products from other pages to Amazon wishlists, now they're killing off the replacement? Maybe too many of us were directing purchases off of Amazon to other, more ethical retailers. Kind of shooting themselves in the foot if that's the case though, now we're not even going to get pricing information for the products that Amazon carries when we're looking at them elsewhere. :sneaky:Reply
For Canada, just use this for a check on previous prices/better than nothingReply
This sucks. I use the hell out of it for creating lists and collating products for comparison when making a big purchase, for different people, or different hobbies. Anyone know of another extension that will let us access the Amazon lists?Reply
thehaggis said:This sucks. I use the hell out of it for creating lists and collating products for comparison when making a big purchase, for different people, or different hobbies. Anyone know of another extension that will let us access the Amazon lists?
Looks like thingstogetme.com is the only alternative that offers the ability to import your existing lists from Amazon. Also appears to have the most features out of all of the available alternatives.