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Smart shoppers know that the difference between getting an OK deal and getting a truly slick deal is often just a little bit of research, which is where BrickSeek comes in. This online service uses product identification numbers to help find the best prices on the stuff you want in your area. It also shows the availability of products, and includes data on most major retailers, such as Amazon, Target, Walmart and Best Buy.
BrickSeek started as a way to help LEGO enthusiasts locate hard-to-find pieces, but has since developed to include information on just about every product you can think of. It's a great way to both track down elusive items and compare prices on big ticket purchases like televisions.
To get the best results, you'll want as much information as possible on the product in question. This includes the SKU, UPC, and model number.
Once you enter all of the correct identifiers, BrickSeek gives you a good idea of stores in your area that have what you're looking for. It also provides information on available prices, and even roughly how many of the item are in stock.
Of course, not everyone will have all of the data BrickSeek requires on hand. So we're here to help you find the info you need to get the stuff you want! As an example, we'll try to find all the info we can on a 50" Samsung 4K UHD Smart LED TV at Walmart.
How to Find an SKU Number
To find the SKU, first locate the product on the Walmart website. Once you have the URL, you'll see a six to eight digit string of numbers near the end. That's your SKU number.
How to Find a UPC Code
Getting the UPC can be a little trickier. Again, we'll use Walmart as an example site. From the item's page, press CTRL+U (or Command + Option + U if you're a Mac user) to open the HTML source code.
Then hit CTRL+F (or Command +F for Mac) for the word finder and search the phrase "UPC." From there just hit next on the finder until you find the actual UPC number. It'll be easy to spot, as it will usually be the first longer string of numbers that follows the letters "UPC."
How to Find a Model Number
You can find the model number for an older television easily by turning it around and looking on the back. The model should be printed there.
For newer SmartTVs, you'll typically have an option on the main menu to go to "Support" and then "Contact Manufacturer." That'll bring you to a screen that has all the relevant information you need.
Luckily, most online listings include the model number right on the product page. Go to the page and do another CTRL+F search for the phrase "model." You should be able to find the model number relatively easily.
Now that you have all of the right info, you're ready to use BrickSeek. Just remember to be as specific as possible within the search parameters to get the best results.
Also, keep in mind that while BrickSeek is a useful tool, it's not infallible. The service isn't directly affiliated with any of the major retailers, so the information can be out of date. BrickSeek reminds its users frequently that the site is NOT intended as a price match tool, and that there may be discrepancies between BrickSeek's data and the reality of the store's supplies.
Still, it's a solid way to craft a foundation of research when you start shopping for something new. Just don't rely on it too much during huge sales like Black Friday, as stock can change on a dime!
Have you used BrickSeek before? Scored any great deals? Let us know in the comments!
Special thanks to Slickdealers SF64 and SlickIdol for providing some of these answers in the original deal thread!