CSE498, Collaborative Design, Spring 2022
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Amazon is a Fortune 500 company that started out as an online bookstore but has grown to become one of the world’s largest online retailers and cloud services providers with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Amazon also provides various services such as audio and video streaming through their subsidiaries: Amazon Music and Prime Video.

Amazon works tirelessly to provide products to their customers that offer the best variety, price and convenience. As part of this endeavor, Amazon wants to ensure its customers are taking full advantage of Amazon’s prices and services when shopping on Amazon and other retail sites.

Our Amazon Shop Smart: Web Extension for Shopping is a browser extension that aids customers in finding the best deals on Amazon. Amazon Shop Smart tracks products indicated by customers, then periodically checks for price drops on Amazon’s marketplace. A notification is sent to the customer when their desired product is being sold at their ideal price point. Graphs of a product’s price history can be viewed to determine the optimal time to buy.

While browsing any supported E-commerce website, our Amazon Shop Smart extension provides customers with links to similar items that can be found on Amazon, as well as detailed information such as savings and shipping costs.

The front end of our Amazon Shop Smart: Web Extension for Shopping is built using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, while the back end is implemented using AWS tools, including DynamoDB, Elastic Compute Cloud, Lambda, and Cognito. Our extension is available on Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge web browsers.