How to use CascadeOutside to find the best deals on gear.
CascadeOutside allows you to quickly find pricing on gear and brands. The purpose of this guide is to help you understand the best search patterns for finding the info you want. These search patterns are the same ones you might be using on Google or other tools, so they might be familiar to you.
Shopping for gear you might fall into one of the below use cases. We'll then go on to describe how you could search for each use case to get the desired result.
- You know specifically what product and just want the best deal.
- You know what product type, but don't know specifically which one you want, just that you want a deal on it.
- You like a certain brand and want to see what deals are had for them.
- You just feel like getting a deal on something.
Quickly, why search patterns are important.
We follow the prices daily for close to 50 retailers. As you can imagine each retailer can name their product differently, which in turn makes it harder to take one product from 50 retailers and match it together. Our search program does a lot of the legwork to make it easier to find products, but it's not perfect. By using search patterns you are guaranteed to uncover more deals then without. Ok let's get started!
1. You know specifically what product and just want the best deal.
This is probably the easiest use case. Today I know want to buy a Icebreaker Atlas Mens Long Sleeved Shirt. Here is how I would conduct that search:
- In the search bar start with Icebreaker. This ensures you are spelling the brand correctly.
- Now search for Icebreaker Atlas. You should have a fair number of results. Note how the names vary and the commonalities to help you refine your search.
- Now append your search Icebreaker Altas Mens -Womens. You can search for men/mens/men's with our system and get the same results. Awesome! Using a minus sign before womens removes all the womens results.
- Now search one last time Icebreaker Altas Mens Long. Our system when you search for long sleeved it will find long sleeved/long-sleeved/longsleeved as well as long. We always recommend to search with as few key words as possible, so in the case long is all we need.
- You should see at least a couple products and hopefully a few that are on sale.
2. You know what product type, but don't know specifically which one you want, just that you want a deal on it.
In this example lets say you are looking for a climbing rope. You don't know which rope, but you want to see what is on sale. Below is an example of one way to search for a climbing rope.
- In the search bar start with climbing rope. This should get you most of the climbing ropes, several hundred, but not all. We'll address that below.
We like Mammut ropes, so let's append our search with climbing rope mammut. You will now have several dozen results.
I know I want a 60 meter 9.5mm rope, so let's go with the Mammut Infinity rope. Do a search for Climbing Rope Mammut Infinity. You should get a few results.
- Now before we buy let's do one trick. Append your search and remove climbing rope, so your search is just Mammut Infinity. See! There are more results and a deal you might have missed.
3. You like a certain brand and want to see what deals are had for them.
Let's search for a brand. You like Patagonia, they make bomber jackets, and there are several items from them you have on your wishlist.
- Do a search for Patagonia. You will get several thousand results. Whoa! Make sure you are sorting by discount and go ahead and put the results returned to 100.
- Today you are a female, so let's search from Patagonia women. A note of caution. Sometimes men's stuff is listed without the mens, so it's always best to search without men's with the product name to make sure you are getting all the product price listings.
- From here you can use the above instructions to filter throught the various product prices.
4. You just feel like getting a deal on something.
Today you just feel like browsing around to find some killer deals.
- Clear out the search field which should return the biggest discounts
- Make sure you are sorted by discount
- Just search away, filter a lot, look around.
- Our system is so fast you can do an endless number of searches very quickly.
Q. Why is it when I search for a product the discount listed is bigger then it actually is. There are many reasons for this. Sometimes a retailer has a product that has many sizes and different prices for each size, and their sale price will be the cheapest and their retail will be the largest. We get retailer data from a data feed and it's not perfect. That said we are working on ways to make sure the data presented to you is more accurate.
Q. How often is your price data updated? We update the pricing data every day to make it as accurate as possible. Please be aware while we take efforts for it to be accurate there is nothing stopping the retailer from changing it. Also, often is the case where retailers do "test pricing" to determine which prices move quicker. Amazon practically invented this.
Q. What should I do if I have a bad experience with a retailer listed here? Please let us know! We only want to be associated with quality retailers and we terminate associations with those we feel are not running honorable businesses.
Q. I'm a online retailer and I'm not listed here. How do I get listed? Contact us at contact@cascadeoutside and we'll try to get you on board.