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Decide.com: the Buyer's Decision Engine

Decide.com: the Buyer's Decision Engine

The old maxim was that as soon as you bought some piece of technology, it would already be obsolete. If you waited, something better would come along, but then, you would never buy. New site Decide.com, which launched Monday, aims to help you decide exactly "when" to buy "what."

It's particularly useful now. That old maxim used to apply mostly to PCs and larger electronics. Now it applies to so many things, including smartphones and tablets, that it can be a confusing mess in your mind.

Ah, but both of those aren't covered yet (smartphones and tablets). What are covered are TVs, laptops, and cameras. Specify the product name within those categories, and Decide.com will give you a "Wait for a New Model," "Buy," or "Wait for a Price Drop" recommendation.

For example, enter MacBook Air, and you're given a "Wait for a New Model" suggestion (it's known that Apple is planning a refresh with Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt I/O soon). It even links to sources that talk about the refresh.

Type in Dell XPS 15z and you'll get a "Buy" recommendation which adds "Prices not likely to drop." That's another part of Decide.com's data mining. Not only does the site mine the Web for rumors, it also has predictive pricing algorithms to help users find the right time to buy in terms of possible price drops.

In addition to the query, a user can set filters. For a laptop, the filters include screen size, processor, RAM, price or brand. If a user decides to buy, he's connected to a partner store (like Newegg, for example).

Right next to the query field at the top of the page is a "Vote for New Category" link. There, uses can place their votes for things like tablets, phones, and more. Those two are at the top of the list of suggested additional categories, and are the first two choices we'd want to see added, especially phones.

Anything that reduces buyer's remorse, or even non-buyer's remorse (not buying at the right time) is something we're all for. Now, if they could just create a program to determine the right time to trade a stock ...
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"Hey, I just entered "Bulldozer or Sandy Bridge" and it decided that I "Wait for new model Bulldozer to come out and it predicted that Prices for Sandy Bridge will drop steady ($30 on AVG), Amazing"

-Optimus

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Sounds good to me I will definitely keep this site handy.

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I am going to definately use this in the near future. I've made soo many bad buying decisions, maybe this'll help me make less.

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Cool! Thanks for sharing Michael! Decide.com is bookmarked.

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Thanks for sharing the site, like others I have bookmarked it and will use it as another tool in my buying arsenal. I find it amazing what data mining can do now. You can imagine what kind of things they can do with piecing your personal information together from all those hacks that have been happening.

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Interesting and bookmarked

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Will most likely come in handy. Its pretty cool, but how do they predict it?

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market trends/statistics

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@Inspector Check out the following blog article to learn more about how Decide.com does Price prediction http://bit.ly/onjNI6

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i found this the other day, it is definitely pretty neat. there is also a "vote for a new category"

i submitted computer hardware/components. do the same, help it help us.

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Wow! I'm officially predicting that this will become a popular site.

-Sherlock

OK, so maybe you don't have to be that smart to figure that out. I can see this (if it becomes popular enough) actually affecting sales and marketing strategies. I mean, if people check on there, and it says don't buy, and enough people are going by the site, that could affect huge amounts of sales. Sounds like a great potential for companies to bribe them to advise people to buy.

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this sounds like the best idea ever!

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FreeJet:

Well I put the name, "George Bush" in the query field and the site crashed. What's up with that? I thought he always claimed to be "The Decider". Maybe that is why smart phones aren't listed :)

I think you just created a paradox. See the decider thought it existed and when it checked it didn't exist even though it existed, thus crashing the site to save itself from temporal meltdown.

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It took me like 2-3 years to finally build my new computer because I was waiting for the right time. It worked out, I bought at a great time. But I also planned out about 10 different builds overtime then I'd read about something new coming out and decide to wait. Sounds like a very handy site.

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This looks to be a household name in a very short amount of time .. Bookmarked and shared with others as well .

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