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Illustration for article titled Get Notified When Digital Movies and TV Shows Go on Sale
Screenshot: David Murphy (CheapCharts.info)

With the news that my favorite series for random bingeing is leaving Netflix, and knowing fully well that I’m not going to sign up for even more streaming services, I contemplated buying all of The Office last week. I didn’t pull the trigger, however, because I have no idea whether the prices I was seeing were killer deals or jacked-up because of the news.

While there are plenty of price-tracking tools you can use to give yourself a leg up when online shopping, the one I’ve recently fallen in love with (thanks to Gizmodo alum Christina Warren) is CheapCharts.info. If you’re looking to buy the digital version of a specific movie, tv series, or album, I’d go here first.

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To get started, visit the site and type in the name of whatever it is you want to buy—let’s use a Game of Thrones season for this example. You’ll then jump to the search results page, which will allow you to pick an online store for the comparison (iTunes, Amazon, or Vudu, in this case).

Illustration for article titled Get Notified When Digital Movies and TV Shows Go on Sale
Screenshot: David Murphy (cheapcharts.info)

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Click on the actual item you want—let’s go for Season 6, since season 7 doesn’t appear on the site’s listings for Amazon for whatever reason—and you’ll get a little pricing chart. You can see how much the price has bounced up and down for the entire time CheapCharts.info has tracked the item, or you can isolate down to prices for this year (or last year). The site can’t tell you why a particular item was cheap, but the chart at least gives you an idea of how often discounts might hit (and potentially when).

Illustration for article titled Get Notified When Digital Movies and TV Shows Go on Sale
Screenshot: David Murphy

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In this case, I wouldn’t go anywhere near this Game of Thrones season until the price dropped to $20–30, which seems like it happens around once a month or so. Thankfully, rather than scouting Amazon each day, I can click on the “Add to Wishlist” button. Set up a free account with CheapCharts, and the site will alert you when items on your wishlist drop in price.

While you can also use the site’s comprehensive listings to browse for deals on Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu, I find that to be a bit overwhelming. Stick to tracking only the digital media you’re looking to buy, and you’ll be set—and you won’t be mad at your impulse shopping when the $45+ season you buy goes on sale two days later.

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