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Price alerts are here!

For a while now UPCZilla has not only been tracking UPCs and product data but also prices for those products (we call it the Price Tracker). We store historical price changes for all products we track, and whenever we find a price that has dropped significantly since the previous lowest price we found (by more …

Now search UPCs by manufacturer

We have SO many ideas for how to make this site more useful to users, it’s just a case of how quickly we can implement them and roll them out. Our latest new feature is the addition of links on each product that lead to a manufacturer page. So as you see below, the manufacturer …

UPCZilla now rolling out EANs

Big news! If you take a look at a product page on our site you will now see a new addition: “Matching EAN/s“. This has been planned for a while and is just a first step in fully implementing EANs on our site for visitors coming from Europe, although that’s a way down the line. …

Introducing the Price Tracker

We have now rolled out a long-planned feature – the Price Tracker. What it means is that we will be keeping track of highest and lowest historical prices for all the products/UPCs that we monitor on UPCZilla. Down the line it will allow us to do all kinds of cool stuff like notify you when …

Weeding out the invalid UPCs

Around Christmas time UPCZilla began to get a huge amount of interest from the GoogleBot (Google’s crawler that goes around the net collecting content for its index). At one point it was hammering our site big-time, fetching up to ten pages a second. With that kind of load on the site you start to see …

We’ve prettified our URLs

This is probably not very exciting for the average user, but if you are linking to any of our product pages it is worth taking note: we have changed our link structure so instead of an ugly URL like: http://www.upczilla.com/upc-search/?upc=190198624505 …we have nice URLs like: https://www.upczilla.com/item/190198624505/ The latter look a lot better, we think, and …

We broke one MILLION UPCs!

Well, we’ve been working hard recently, scraping together UPCs from wherever we could find them, to try to break through the magic 1,000,000 and – we finally did it! It feels great, I don’t know about you but I don’t think I have ever had a million of anything in my life :). It’s not …

UPCZilla went SSL

Some quick site news: UPCZilla is now fully secure, with SSL certificate implemented (see Comodo logo at the bottom of the sidebar), meaning all on-site content, external images etc. are going over secure https, so no nosey parkers can intercept what you are looking at on our site. There might be a very few external …

Now indexing 700,000 UPCs!

It’s been a huge week here at UPCZilla, bigger even than the day we launched, we think. First we migrated the whole site to new VPS hosting – the shared hosting was definitely not up to the job. Personally we have never set up a live web server from scratch (thank God for Bitnami) so …

Search times considerably improved!

Just to let you know we have reworked some of the code of UPCZilla to speed up page load times A LOT. This has basically meant loading some portions of the UPC data asynchronously (AJAX), whilst making sure there is some info displayed in the meantime for you to look at. We expect some teething …