Comparison Shopping with Picnic

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Our friends at Dream Up Labs built this awesome tool that helps you find where you can buy a product from an image you see on the web. I will let them tell you all about it themselves.

So you love to shop online? But do you know how to be a savvy shopper? Picnic is a free tool that lets you find out more about products you love.

Every online shopper has to get Picnic.

Here is a basic overview:

Picnic is a simple bookmarklet that helps you discover more about products you love. Picnic helps you find the source link of a fashion item or where else you can find or buy a product you like.

Picnic is especially helpful for shoppers who like to comparison shop for the best price or find similar products to the one they love.

Here is what shoppers can use Picnic for:

1. Find Where to Buy A Product

Are you trying to find where to buy a product you have seen online? Or do you sometimes just want to find out a little bit more about a product before you buy it? There is an easy way to find an image. It’s called Picnic. Picnic will help you find where that product is online. Just drag Picnic to your toolbar and anytime you want to find a pin just click “Picnic” in your bookmarks bar. A little button will come up on your picture that says “Find It” click that and it will take you to all of the other places that image appears online.

2. Comparison Shopping

Lets say you are on a website and see a product you love but you are not sure if it is the lowest price. If you are a savvy shopper you should always look to see if the website you are shopping on is in fact the best deal around.

A very easy way to comparison on is to use Picnic. When you are looking at the product you love, just click on Picnic and it will search to see if that product is sold anywhere else for cheaper. All you have to do is go to picnic.dreamuplabs.com and drag the picnic bookmarklet to your browser bar.

3. Get Past Blocked Links on Pinterest

So, you are on Pinterest browsing through your Pins and you find something fantastic. You click through on the Pin and then get to a forbidden or blocked page. To get past a forbidden or blocked link on Pinterest all you have to do is get the bookmarklet Picnic.

Picnic will help you get past the blocked links on Pinterest without getting in trouble on Pinterest. Once you have dragged Picnic to your toolbar, simply go to the pin that was originally blocked click Picnic and click the “Find It” button. This will take you to all of the places that image lives online. Voila! You have found your pin!

4. Find Out of Stock Products

Picnic works great on out of stock products. Just get picnic, search the product on the out of stock page and see if the product is available anywhere else.

5. Find the Original Source of A Product

Sometimes you see a product on Pinterest of Tumblr and you can’t figure out where the heck it came from. Picnic to the rescue! Go to the image of the product, click Picnic and it will tell you where else that product image appears so you can track down where it came from originally.  This is a big problem on Pinterest, where many Pinners do not link their pins to the original source image. I often hear pinners complain, “I cannot find my image on Pinterest!” Here is how Picnic works on Pinterest:

Just drag Picnic to your toolbar and anytime you want to find an image or get the original source for an image just click “Picnic” in your bookmarks bar. A little button will come up on your picture that says “Find It” click that and it will take you to all of the other places that image appears online.

Get Picnic now!

15 New Stores Added Today!

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When it comes to fashion, we believe in choices – the more stores you can use Salemarked on, the better.

To that end, we wanted to tell you that we have just added 15 stores to our supported list. Yes, you read that right – 15 stores. You may have been a fan of some of the stores on this list, or you may have heard about them just now. Either way, we think you’ll like them.

Without further ado, here are the newly supported stores: Scoop NYC, Steven Alan, Calypso St. Barth, Oak NYC, Marc Jacobs, Barneys, J Brand, ASOS US, Bloomingdales, Levi’s, Alice and Olivia, tibi, Nasty Gal, Planet Blue, and Pour Porter.

Happy salemarking!

Salemarked rolls out easier price tracking, adds support for more stores

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Our priority at Salemarked is to make finding deals as frictionless as possible for you. To that end, we’ve just launched a new feature that allows anyone to salemark items without having to sign up for an account. It’s as easy as pasting a product link into the text field on the Salemarked homepage.

Of course, you’ll get a richer experience by creating an account and logging in, but we want to get you and your friends from hearing about Salemarked to receiving your first sale notification as easily as possible.

If you have been curious about Salemarked, have friends who might be interested, or are visiting this blog or Salemarked for the first time, we hope that you will find this feature useful. And down the road, if you decide to create a Salemarked account, you’ll still be able to see all your previously salemarked items.

And if you’re already a Salemarked user, you can use this feature as well. Even if you aren’t logged in, you can salemark an item from the homepage. Use the email address that you used for your account when salemarking your items, and we will take care of the rest.

We also saw a lot of requests from all you Salemarkers to add Ann Taylor and Kate Spade to the list of our supported stores and we are proud to announce that we have done just that. Head over to Ann Taylor and Kate Spade and salemark away.

Happy Salemarking!

Salemarked Discover

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Here at Salemarked, we know the thrill of being a trendsetter. That’s why, in the spirit of social sharing, we are proud to announce that we have released a new feature called Salemarked Discover! It’s a page we believe will help the Salemarked community share and find more fashion than ever before.

Discover page

Now, with Salemarked Discover, you can share and discover your fashions finds with other Salemarkers! With this great new feature, fellow fashionistas will see just how stylist you are, and when logged into your account, you can easily salemark items you like from other users as well.

Salemark Discover

We hope this helps you discover new fashions (and deals!) that you never would have otherwise.

Happy Salemarking!

Salemarked Gets a New Coat of Paint

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The first few months of this year, we did a lot of behind-the-scenes work on Salemarked to make it better and faster, but those were things that weren’t necessarily visible to our users.

Ever since then, we’ve been sketching and planning and coming up with ideas to make Salemarked look a lot better from the outside. Today, we are happy to launch Salemarked’s improved look.

There are plenty of changes, but we’d like to specifically highlight a few:

The Dashboard

For our current users, we have made a significant change of how we display your Salemarked items. Gone is the list view, and here comes the new, grid view (with pretty pictures).

Salemarked Dashboard

The Homepage

While the old homepage had plenty of great information, it could get pretty overwhelming to read. So we simplified the homepage with a brief explanation of what Salemarked does.

Salemarked Homepage

And we really want to showcase our users’ successful Salemarks, so we are sharing those with everyone on the homepage as well.

Salemarked On Sale

How it Works

We also dedicated a page to how Salemarked works and the stores we support. If you’re sharing the service with a friend, this is a great place to send them.

How It Works

New supported stores

But it’s not just new polish. We’ve also added support to the following stores: BHLDNlululemon, and Ruche.

BHLDNlululemonRuche

Those are all the updates we have right now. We hope you like these changes as much as we do, and we can’t wait to hear your feedback.

Happy Salemarking!

Koes Bong
CEO/Co-Founder

Salemarked – One year later …

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About a year ago my wife, Lindsay, was on her laptop browsing for outfits, our 5-month old daughter was sleeping, and I was watching TV, when she shared her frustration. She wished there were a service out there that would alert her when her favorite items go on sale at the price she’d be willing to pay. And several weeks after that, Salemarked was born.

It has been quite a ride so far running Salemarked; the November 2011 issue of Real Simple wrote about us and many online blogs and news outlets covered us as well. We started off supporting 6 stores and expanded to 13 stores by the end of last year. Initially, we only had a bookmarklet for saving your Salemarked items, and we’ve since added a simpler, alternative copy-and-paste method.

We have all of you, the users, to thank for our success this year.

Now, I would like to share the new things that we’ve been working on for the past few months that we have launched today.

Better and faster Salemarked – more supported stores.

We have been working hard to make Salemarked better and faster under the hood, and as a result, we are able to add support for stores and alert you of deals more quickly. We’re happy to announce support for ModClothLoftBoden USA, and J.Crew beginning today. As always, we’d love to hear stores that would make Salemarked better for you.

Better dashboard view and filtering functionality.

Previously, you needed to page through all your Salemarked items, with no way to just look at items from a certain store with a certain status. But not after today.

To view more of your items, as soon as your scrollbar reaches the end of the page and you have more items to view, they will automatically be loaded. We have also added a filtering functionality so you can see exactly what you would like to see.

Success stories

Our Success Stories page is also getting this filtering functionality. We want you to be able to see all the sales that other users have been alerted about, so you can take advantage of those deals too.

Those are all the updates we have for now, but we hope to have more to report soon. Thank you again for using Salemarked.

Happy Salemarking!

Koesmanto Bong
CEO/Co-Founder

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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All of us here at Salemarked wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are thankful for your support and have exciting things lined up in 2012.

Before we sign off for the year, we would like to share a story from Lauren (who won our first giveaway):

When a friend of mine told me about Salemarked it was one of those sites you think, “duh, why didn’t someone think of that sooner?” I am one of those people who almost never pays full price for anything. Patience is my virtue. I will check on that pair of shoes every day until they go on sale!

I love Salemarked because it curbs my excessive sale-checking! I have gotten several higher priced items and saved hundreds of dollars because they emailed me letting me know that my item went on sale and I hustled on down to the store and picked it up. Seriously, they are fabulous. Plus to make them even more amazing, I won a contest they were having. I got $100 towards an item of my choice. I had my eye on a Kate Spade snake skin embossed clutch which I was able to snag for a great deal. What a great company.

Cheers!

Dear Santa, I’ve Been Good!

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You’re making a list, he’s checking it twice…

Are you one of those people whom your friends or family don’t have the slightest idea what to buy for as Christmas gifts?  Send those loved ones a link to your Salemarked items as a wish list! Here’s how:

  1. Log into your account
  2. Go to your profile page (link at top right)
  3. Enter in a display name
  4. Send that link out to others!

As a basic format, the link will be http://www.salemarked.com/user/(your display name).  When others open your link, this is an example of what they will see:

I encourage you to check out my Salemarks (please refrain from judging ☺)! This is my link: http://www.salemarked.com/user/emi.

If you change your mind about an item or find more to add, it’s as easy as one click… Delete, edit, and change to private while on your dashboard. Add items using the bookmarklet or copy and paste the product URL.

Online shopping is a friend of mine. Physical stores are not always available to me and my patience runs low when I spend hours wandering around malls finding close to nothing. I am also a frugal shopper – I hardly ever buy something at full retail. Salemarked has allowed me to keep all my desired items in one place that is continually saved and updated.

It’s so exciting when I get an email telling me that one of my items is on sale! I don’t have time to look through my favorite sites to find deals, so I let Salemarked do the work for me!  Maybe, just maybe, I’ll find some of my wish list items under the tree this Christmas!

Happy Salemarking!

Black Friday

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It’s almost Turkey Time!! There is so much to be thankful for – including after-Thanksgiving sales! It’s a time for traditions…

In my family, after the feast had been cleared, we would haul our stacks of newspapers and flyers up on the table and go through all the upcoming sales. We would sneak in a little nap, then wake up at an ungodly hour to brave the below-freezing northern-midwest weather (not exaggerating here), and try to avoid getting trampled by the crowds of anxious shoppers. Out of all the years I’ve been, I can say I’ve only bought one or two items at a good deal.

As the use of the internet has increased sufficiently, companies have gotten smart… Many offer awesome deals online – saving you from the hassle of the hype and disappointments (nothing worse than watching the person in front of you grab the last item on the shelf you were waiting hours for).

Question – I want to hear some of your Black Friday experiences!  Comment – whether it was while waiting in line or buying something that dropped cheaper a week after Black Friday, what has made you want to turn to online shopping during this time especially??

Well, I’m happy to say that we can help you get what you really want by alerting you when the sales effect those items! Be sure to Salemark what you have your eye on before next Friday and check to see what goes on sale – all in the comfort of your own home!

Afterwards, we would love to hear what deals you got! Tweet or Facebook us and let us know your Black Friday Salemarked testimony! (@Salemarked)

Keep Those Toes Warm

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Yes, “you’re never fully dressed without a smile” (as Annie would sing), though what would an outfit be without footwear? Autumn brings puddles, leaves, chilly breezes and possibly snow – depending on where you live – forcing us to say goodbye to our sandals and welcome in boot season. Boots can be tricky…

Maybe you can relate to my boot-finding experience:

I slowly walk down the aisles lined with shoes of all kinds, then stop at the section of stacked boxes with prices to match their large size. I find myself gravitating to the classic black calf boot… First I try on a flat pair with a cuff at the top. Having slim calves, it fits floppily. I look in the mirror and have to look twice, because I could have sworn I saw Puss in Boots standing there. No go. Next pair… I pick a pin-heeled stiletto boot. Problem. I can’t even get my wide toes into the pointed front, let alone stand. Also, trying to walk in a pin-heel, being 5’9″ and broad shouldered, takes skill. Suede scrunched short boots catch my eye… I will leave the rest to your imagination.

If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you might as well join the “Goldilocks” club. Trying on pair after pair, and exclaiming “too big” or “too small.” With some inspiration and guidance, you are well on your way to adding gems to your wardrobe, all labeled: “Just right!”

Cone Heel - Nordstrom

Heels!

If you can walk in them, heels elongate the appearance of the body, making you look taller and leaner.

- Cone-shaped heels are a great choice for everyday fashion, though “pear” shaped figures should look out for stacked and wedge heels to help balance out the look.

- Short legs? Aim to wear slim, stacked heels with a shorter shaft (the part that hugs your calf).

- Stacked heels are also better for those with curves, especially hips and calves.

- If you have slim calves and ankles, stiletto heeled boots will emphasize delicacy.

Zappos

- Wedge heels are a great go-to for the office, but more importantly, the walk to and from the office!

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Flat boots look best on average to longer legs, but that doesn’t mean those of shorter stature can’t wear them! Just try to choose shorter boots… Riding boots are a classic example of a flat type.

- Belts and straps are awesome for the long-legged. Be careful about over-accessorizing if you choose to wear heavily adorned boots, but definitely an attention grabber!

Zappos

- Slouch styles are forgiving… They are a flattering option because of the added volume to the lower leg. A slouch boot bulks up a narrow calf and can also slenderize a wider calf if it falls underneath the widest part of the calf.

- Ankle boots or Booties are hot this fall… though they are an asset that doesn’t seem to get forgotten. From timeless lace-up to cuffed suede, there are no rules when it comes to these short treasures.

Urban Outfitters

* If you want to elongate your legs, be aware of color tones… Try to wear boots similar to the color of your skin or tights/leggings. If you are wearing skinny jeans, choose boots of similar color intensity; for example, light wash jeans with gray calf boots.

* To add warmth and contrast of color/texture, wear tall knit socks or leg-warmers in your boots – exposing them above the shaft a bit.

* When wearing a skirt or dress, I recommend exposing the knee cap (as to not clutter the lower half).

* For a flattering look, add an empire cut dress or top, cinch in the smallest part of the waist with a belt, or tuck a top into high rise bottoms.

Whether your aiming to get spotted downtown for being the best dressed or simply need a pair to keep your feet warm and dry in the midst of the harsh elements, boots scream style and character. Pick your signature looks and run with them! (Well… not literally, unless they are just that comfy!)