Decide.com used to, in concept at least, give great advice on when to buy stuff - ipads etc - and at what price. It summarised all the googleable information about upcoming development releases into simple, obvious terms for the laypeople - like ‘only buy this one now at $100 less than advertised since in 2 weeks there’s a new one coming with a major chip upgrade that will, like, make this one suck’.
Utter nightmare for hawkers of goods - had the entire world used decide.com, you’d have to charge pennies to clear out old generation gear.
Seemed to me, live albeit constantly developing, to be a major tool to help drive the New Economy. Informed people making informed purchase decisions. Really, truly monkeying around with the accepted structures of supply and consumption, right down at the root.
Now it’s gone! (OK, I hadn’t checked in for a while, but started looking at upgrading my ipad mk1).
They sold to ebay.com - and say this:
Over the past year, we began experimenting with eBay and discovered an exciting
opportunity to apply our team’s strength in data and predictive analytics to
help over 25 million eBay sellers make smarter decisions and be more
They’ve stopped giving buying advice, it seems.
I get that after a while, with sufficient mass, you’d become such a pain to vendors they would come after you, and I get that the same methods for canny buying can be reverse-engineered for canny selling - but where is my clever buying app???
It had a long way to go, and a seemingly limitless horizon. It could have been truly amazing - and should be re-made by someone else!
What other facilitating stuff will disappear?