Thursday, December 22, 2016

Check Quantities Even with Purchase Limitations

One of the more important pieces of information when pricing items is to know how many units are cheaper than you and how long you can expect it to take to reach your price.  I will price something very differently if the person below me has 1,000 units vs. 15 units.

One easy way to figure out how many people have (without special software) is to add the item into your account and try to place 999.  It will default to the number the seller has. If they have more than 999 it won't go higher.  Parenthetically, I leave it in my shopping cart and see how many the person has the next time I got into my cart so I don't have to keep doing it.

Some people (including Amazon) like to put purchase limitations.  If you are only allowed to buy 3 or 27 (27 is very common for Amazon) when you put in 999, it will go down to 27 because of the quantity limits.  The problem is that the person could have 28 or 999+ and you wouldn't know so here is a little trick to figure it out.  It can take a while but can be useful information.

If you look closely when you change the quantity in your shopping cart you will either see one error message or two error messages.

You can see that when I add 28 it just say that you tried to purchase more than the quantity allowed.  However when you try to add 999, you will get a second error message  that the quantity you tried to purchase is greater than the quantity available so you know that it is somewhere between 28 and 999.  

You can play around with the numbers to get a better idea (or keep playing until you get an exact number but exact numbers probably aren't as important as general idea).  Again, this can take a while so I don't know how useful it will be but someone might use it.