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add custom classified alerts

Started by utnuc, 01/25/2023 11:48AM
Posted 01/25/2023 11:48AM Opening Post
This is a page out of Slick Deals' playbook. (https://slickdeals.net/deal-alerts/)

Problem: I find myself incessantly refreshing the classifieds 10-20 times/day. I'm sure I'm not the only one. It would be nice to have the ability to create a custom alert when a matching item gets listed matching some search criteria. 

The process would look like this:

A user has an item he wants, so he creates a classified alert with the search string and matching Classifieds section. To prevent abuse and to not use too many resources, you could limit each user to say 3 classified alerts.

Each new for sale classified posting would be matched against each user's classified alert search strings. Any match would trigger an email that goes out to the user with a link to the relevant classified ad.

Although each post would trigger many searches, this could be optimized. Any increased server resources may be offset by fewer users who are hammer-refreshing all day long.
Posted 01/26/2023 01:49AM #1
Yes. A notification or message to one's phone might be nice when someone responds to your wanted or for sale classified. This might not cost Astromart anything, if the person placing this advertisement would pay a small fee for this option at the time of the advertisement placement.
Posted 01/26/2023 06:09AM #2
Originally Posted by Laurence Behney
Yes. A notification or message to one's phone might be nice when someone responds to your wanted or for sale classified. This might not cost Astromart anything, if the person placing this advertisement would pay a small fee for this option at the time of the advertisement placement.

If you have email setup on your phone then you should already be getting notices when someone responds to your ads.....

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Posted 01/26/2023 07:53AM #3
Thanks for letting me know. If I were to allow my phone to ping every time I received an email, I would never get a rest. Is there a way to set the email so that only Astromart classified alerts to my email would create a ping?
Posted 01/27/2023 03:22AM #4
Originally Posted by Laurence Behney
Thanks for letting me know. If I were to allow my phone to ping every time I received an email, I would never get a rest. Is there a way to set the email so that only Astromart classified alerts to my email would create a ping?

That would be something specific to your phone....I know mine either pings on all emails or none, no other options.

20" MidnighTelescopes f/5
8" f/16 Muffoletto Achro
Meade 6" AR6 f/8.0 Achro
Celestron C11
Parallax PI250 10" F/5 Newt
Vixen FL102S,NA140SS,R200SS
80mm Stellarvue Nighthawk with WO APOupgrade lens, 90mm f/16.67 Parallax Achro
LXD75/LX200, Mini-tower, GP-DX, CG5 ASGT, LXD650, GM-8, G11, GM-100, GM-150EX, GM-200 and a Gemini G40
4" portable AP convertable 44" or 70" pier
Stellarvue M7 Alt-Az, TSL7 Pier/Tripod
12.5" f/5 MidnighTelescopes DOB Swayze optics
Monroe GA
Posted 06/24/2023 09:45AM #5
I think that OP was suggesting that it would be great to get a message or email whenever a NEW add was posted for something they were interested in. For example, say I am looking for a Leica Zoom. I would sign up to be notified whenever an ad was started with the words "Leica Zoom in the title or perhaps the ad body.

This would save time from constantly having to scroll through the ads or log in to do a manual search.

I think this is a great idea.
Posted 06/24/2023 10:54PM #6
Originally Posted by Paul Mouritsen
I think that OP was suggesting that it would be great to get a message or email whenever a NEW add was posted for something they were interested in. For example, say I am looking for a Leica Zoom. I would sign up to be notified whenever an ad was started with the words "Leica Zoom in the title or perhaps the ad body.

This would save time from constantly having to scroll through the ads or log in to do a manual search.

I think this is a great idea.
Thanks. Yes, that's exactly what I had in mind. User experience would be much better not having to check back at the site multiple times a day to catch a deal before it's gone.
Posted 07/23/2023 07:01PM | Edited 07/23/2023 07:02PM #7
I completely get it, for a long time I wanted to buy ASIair plus, but with email notifications, the item was already sold before getting notified 😂. After some search, I found the App called Web Alert XP, it can monitor changes on the classified page and can check every 1min if you want. I finally manage to buy the ASIair ! 

While waiting for notifications update, that is the only way I found to have a chance to buy hot products,

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