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Slice

Online Purchase History Tracker


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Published 03/19/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for?

Slice is an easy way for users to track their orders, analyze their spending and keep a record of all of their receipts in a single place. From a single place, users can see items that they've ordered across the internet, whereabouts the shipment is, its expected date of delivery and if there have been any adjustments to the price so users can have the information needed to request a refund or adjustment from the retailer. This helps users who do heavy shopping online save time and possibly money by being organized and informed. How it works is that Slice will link to a user's email inbox (the one they send and receive merchant information). Slice ensures that this is a safe and secure synchronization. Slice will then process shopping-related emails to its portal. This process is done automatically and is a great way for users to organize the information about their online purchases.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Slice launched on May 2011 and its iPhone application officially launched in November 2011. Slice is supported by a solid team of over 25 employees out of Palo Alto, California. Additionally, Slice is funded by a group of venture capital investment companies. Most notably, Slice is funded in part by Innovation Endeavors and Eric Schmidt (of Google notoriety).

What are the differences to other apps?

Slice's main differentiators are that it offers a fantastic and free iPhone version of its app and that it notifies users of price drops to help them save money. Additionally, Slice launched an enhancement in December 2011 that allows users to track gift-giving with ease with its tracking with friends feature. Track with Friends will send recipients of gifts an email letting them know that a Slice user has ordered them a gift and when they can expect it, while it does not disclose exactly what the gift is. This is particularly useful for the holidays or birthdays, and also for users to track what gifts they ordered for their friends and family in the past (so there are no embarrassing mishaps with sending a recipient the same gift two times in a row).

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Slice presently supports Gmail and Yahoo email accounts and is available in a mobile version on the iPhone operating system. Slice is best described as being "fresh." The site has bright colors against a clean white background. Accessing the information and understanding how to use the Slice app is easy and intuitive. The app is particularly smart in that it pulls all of the purchase-related emails residing in the inbox automatically and quickly. This provides an almost instant view into a user's online purchase history, which is most useful and convenient. For this reviewer, Slice did pull some email inadvertently that were not purchases but that described pricing of a particular product. Slice asked if these emails were purchases, so there is just a little manual work required on the user's part to initially set this product up.

How does the registration process work?

To sign up for Slice, users can simply visit: https://www.goslice.com/signup

From there they will be asked to input their first and last name, email address and to setup a Slice account username and password. They also could register faster if they have a Google ID or Yahoo ID already setup. Simply accept the terms and conditions and then Slice will import all of the purchase-related emails residing in that user's inbox. Moving forward, Slice will automatically update its app with this information so users can access it in a neat, tidy, single location.

What does it cost to use the application?

Slice is a free application for anyone to use. It is backed by venture capital investments, so at this time users are not asked to pay anything for using this service.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Slice is recommended for anyone who shops a lot online, who wants to track their purchases and deliveries, or for those who would like to be notified of any price drops so they can try to save some money from their online purchases.

  • Track all of one's online orders in one place.
  • See what might be delivered today and the estimated delivery times for other orders.
  • Tabulate the total amount spent online while the user has had the app.
  • iOS version of app, so it works great with iPhone.
  • Users are notified of price drops, so they can request refunds within the merchant's return period and possibly save money!
  • Secure, private and encrypted technology.


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