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It Is Amazing That Amazon Does Not Offer A Side-by-Side Product Comparison Feature.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and study. An Amazon provided, un-customizable, pre-determined product range, comparison chart.


Don’t all of you yell at me at once claiming that Amazon does. What they do have, on JUST some products, are comparison charts like that shown above. They are NOT customizable. You can’t, as far as I can see, ADD your chosen products to compare.

Yes, I fully appreciate (as an ex-programmer and a still active Web designer) that given Amazon’s bold, flowing, full-page product layouts it would be difficult to incorporate an easy-to-use compare feature. But I am SURE that Amazon has the expertise inhouse to come up with a workable solution.

Yes, I know that there are a couple of 3rd party options BUT the last thing I want is another company having access to all of my shopping habits and searches. No thank you. 

Funnily enough, despite all the shopping I do on Amazon, I had not really missed this ‘compare’ functionality till recently. Part of it being that I just open multiple Amazon tabs, across my two monitors, when I want to look at two products side-by-side. Obviously that works well BUT it is limited to two products. Ironically I started to miss this feature when trying to compare cameras. And that is what is strange. I use at least 3 very good camera resources, DPreview and Snapsort in the main, that provide very capable side-by-side comparison features. In this case, i.e., my most recent quest, the thing I wanted to compare most was PRICES. The DPreview etc. comparisons are not good at price comparison because they quote the cheapest price seen on the Web without too many caveats (e.g., that it might be an International version camera). And to make it even more ironic I was looking at two cameras from the same manufacturer, Fuji, the old X-E2 and the soon to be available (Feb. 16) X-E2s. There is a crazy anomaly here. The newer camera, which has a FEW new options (not going to be available on the old X-E2 DESPITE the February 4 Firmware refresh), from everything I see is going to be $100 CHEAPER. That doesn’t make sense. Somebody has to start discounting the older X-E2. That is what I was hoping to see. 


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by Anura Guruge