You go online, looking to buy something specific. You get recommendations from friends on Facebook, read reviews and consider different places you could buy it. Settling on Amazon, you decide you’ve found the best price on exactly what you want. Then, just before you check out, you see it. It’s just staring you in the face. The little cell on the last page of your order asking you to type in a “Promotional Code.” Suddenly dread kicks in. What if there is a better deal out there? You consider searching Google for promos or discount codes. Then you notice a little orange button. It’s called the Honey Chrome extension and it takes all the work out of finding discount codes and promos, so you can get on with your life.
What is the Honey Chrome Extension?
The Honey Chrome extension is an easy-to-install, but powerful little widget that sits on your Chrome browser and fetches discount codes from around the web, automatically applying them to your purchases at checkout and saving you extra money at hundreds of online shopping sites around the web.
Simply install Honey with a click and then shop major online retailers like: Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com and BestBuy.com, or major department stores like Target.com, Sears.com, Macys.com and Kohls.com. These all work with Honey. Plus, there are tons of online retailers like ThinkGeek.com, Sephora.com and Zulily.com that also work with the Chrome extension. Soon, Honey will also be available to fans of the Firefox browser.
In Search of the Best Deal Possible
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a deal — but beyond that, you want to know you found the best deal possible. The Honey Chrome extension goes a long way to do this for you. That’s because simply clicking the “Find Savings” button that Honey ads to your online checkout experience means firing up software to do all of the following in mere moments:
- Scour the web and a proprietary database for active discount codes
- Testing all of them at once and calculating the resulting discounts
- Pinpointing the best discount from all active discount codes available
- Applying that best code to your purchase to get the greatest discount possible
The Buzz About Honey
The Honey Chrome extension has only been out for a few months, but has already been downloaded by approximately 100,000 users. As of this writing, 52 users had given it an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in the Google Chrome Web Store. It’s been heavily touted on Reddit, a popular social site, and many other sites have begun talking about it as well.
“Fast, easy, and free. No reasons not to use it. Just click and save,” writes one user in the Chrome Web Store.
“I love the button being on the payment screen, the speed of checking for codes is awesome, and the app is really useful,” writes another. “Kudos to the developers.”
Still, some have had problems getting it installed. The developers at Honey seem to be very active in trying to help users struggling to get the money-saving Google Chrome extension (which I found simple to install) up and running. By-in-large, an overwhelming majority of users seem really excited about the money they’re saving with Honey.
Honey Gathers Data about You
Honey is upfront about the fact that the extension gathers data about things you do online, once installed. This kind of data gathering is fairly commonplace these days, but you must always be careful when downloading something from the web. The Honey Chrome extension’s website also says the company is not selling user information for profit at this time, and makes it clear that their intentions behind gathering this data are to improve the experience. Honey’s FAQs state the following:
“First and foremost, your personal information will never be shared with anyone without your explicit consent. We use the information we collect to improve our product, develop new features, and create better personalized experiences for you.”
This elegant, money-saving Chrome extension is free to use with no registration or personal information required — so if it’s learning what you do online, at least it’s not correlating that to your personal name or other identifying information. After installing it, you can disable or uninstall it at any time by visiting chrome://chrome/extensions/ from your Google Chrome browser.
Do you use the Honey Chrome extension for Google Chrome? Share your thoughts and reactions in the comments below.