With access to your email inbox, web app Slice automatically analyses emails containing order information from your online shopping and organises all your purchases in one place, giving you quick access to tracking packages, purchase history and price-drop tracking for everything you buy online. It's a brilliant idea.Here's how it works:
- Sign up at Slice using your Gmail or Yahoo account.
- Give Slice permission to scour your Gmail inbox for purchases. (Slice uses OAuth to access your account, so you never give them your password; if you're a Gmail user, you can revoke Slice's permission to use your inbox at any time here.)
- Slice will run an initial scan of your recent purchases and import them into the Slice homepage.
That's all there is to it. Once you've got Slice set up, it will automatically add new purchases to your purchase history on Slice. Aside from giving you a fairly comprehensive view of your online purchase history (no matter where you bought something), here are the three great things Slice does for you:
- Tracks your shipments from one interface: The homepage displays your most recent purchases, but you can click on the map icon to track your shipment. Alternately, just visit the Track Shipments page to click through all your most recent shipments to see where your new gizmo is.
- Notifies you of price drops: As Slice puts it:
Don't you hate it when you buy something awesome and then the next week, you see the same item on sale for 20% less? So do we. So we're going to help you do something about it.
When Slice detects a price drop from select merchants that honour price adjustments, we'll send you a notification.
- Search and backup your purchase history: The site lets you search your purchase history, find your order number, display return by dates, view the original email purchase confirmation, and so on. It also shows you how much you spend online, which depending on your habits, may be uncomfortable but helpful.
If Slice misses any purchases (that is, it doesn't automatically identify an email as a purchase notification from an online vendor), you can just forward the purchase email to [email protected] and they'll automatically add it to your account. In that way, Slice is a whole lot like TripIt, down to the automatic itinerary import.
The only downside to Slice on first glance is that it could use a little more polish to its web site to make the whole experience friendlier, and features like parcel-tracking will be of limited use for Australians. But it's a helluva start, and it's certainly going to be where I track my purchases for the foreseeable future.