Chrome extension stops users from making 'impulse purchase'

Chrome extension called ‘Icebox’ prevents users from making ‘impulse purchase’ by replacing the ‘Buy’ tab on e-commerce websites with its own tab, ‘Put it on ice’. The extension also keeps a tally of the money save from items that were not purchased.

This Chrome plugin replaces the ‘Buy’ buttons found on over 400 e-commerce sites with one of its own design. When pressed, it holds the purchase for a pre-defined period of time, forcing you to ask yourself “do I really need this?“

If you do, great. Once the time is up, it’ll let you place the order.

But if you don’t, you can just forget about it, in turn saving you some money that you’d have otherwise poured down the drain (figuratively speaking). Icebox will keep a tally of how much money you’ll save while using the tool.

You can set your cooling-off period to whatever you want, although it defaults to 30 days. You can also tell it to not block certain sites — which is useful if you do your grocery shopping online.

You can also place reminders on the sites that Icebox doesn’t support, urging you to exercise some self-restraint.

It’s a handy little plug-in, and although it’s not all that useful on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, where the deals are ephemeral and disappear in seconds, it could save you a decent whack of cash throughout the rest of the year.

source: thenextweb.com

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