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PriceRunner's logo
Developer(s)Kristofer Arwin, Martin Alexanderson and Magnus Wiberg
Stable release
1.29.4 / 13 July 2006
Operating systemAny (web-based application)
TypePrice comparison service

The website PriceRunner is a price comparison service launched in Sweden in 1999. It allows users to compare prices on a range of products.[1] The commercial headquarters are in London, England, and it also has offices in Stockholm, Sweden; Nykøbing Falster, Denmark; Munich, Germany; Paris, France; California, United States and Shanghai, China.


PriceRunner was launched in 1999 as a price comparison service based in Sweden and originally financed by a venture capitalist group called Cell Ventures,[2] who were later acquired by NewMedia Spark. It launched the service in the UK and Denmark in 2000. Initially, they had planned to become a pan-European service,[3] but some of these services were closed down in 2002 after poor financial performance.

In August 2004, it was acquired by ValueClick, an online media company, for £16 million ($29 million)[4] after NewMedia Spark sold its share in the company.[5]

Further expansion saw PriceRunner reopen the French office in August 2004, go into Germany in October of the same year,[6] and the United States in October 2005.[7] It also launched awards for retailers of the year based on its customer reviews.[8]

In 2006, it announced that it would launch a partnership service with 118 118, a UK phone based service, to provide prices to people by SMS.[9] This followed an earlier failure to enter the mobile market in 2002 by providing price tracking through the site. In October, MSN announced that their Shopping sites in France and the UK would be powered by PriceRunner and[10] They had previously been powered by Kelkoo.

In 2007-8 PriceRunner also set up partnerships with Ask, the Energy Saving Trust,[11] MSN and Which? providing them with shopping engines for their websites. It also partnered with Nectar to offer Nectar Points.[12] In 2011, it introduced new branding produced by agency Firedog.[13]

In November 2013, ValueClick sold its global media properties (including Investopedia, Coupon Mountain and PriceRunner) to IAC for a reported $80 million. [14]

In March 2016, PriceRunner was sold to Swedish firm NS Intressenter. [15] Barry Diller of IAC had initially been looking for "roughly $100 million" [16], although the actual sale figure was not disclosed publicly[17].


PriceRunner uses a combination of screen scraping retailers' websites and files supplied by the retailers themselves. These prices are matched against a backend database. This is done both by using a fuzzy logic automatching system and manually by admin staff.

Business model[edit]

PriceRunner is similar to other price comparison services in that it is financed by advertisers, who pay on a pay per click model. It also uses web banners provided by sister company, advertising network ValueClick Media.


  1. ^ "Pricerunner seeks advertising agency". Campaign. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Compare Prices - Find Best UK Deals when shopping Online - PriceRunner UK". Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Digital Marketing Blog". Econsultancy. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Digital Marketing Blog". Econsultancy. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  5. ^ Chamberlain, Lydia (5 August 2004). "NewMedia sells Pricerunner stake". Financial Times. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  6. ^ [1] Archived 25 November 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "PriceRunner Announces Launch in the US". ComparisonEngines. 26 July 2005. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  8. ^ Whipp, Matt (23 March 2006). "Pricerunner announces its retailers of the year". PC Pro. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  9. ^ [2] Archived 6 July 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Chris Crum (21 November 2008). "Yahoo Unloads Kelkoo". WebProNews. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  11. ^ Crawley-Boevey, Sarah (19 November 2007). "PriceRunner strikes energy deal". MediaWeek. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  12. ^ Kemp, Ed (15 February 2008). "Nectar partners with PriceRunner". Marketing Magazine. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  13. ^ "New branding for PriceRunner". The Drum. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  14. ^ "ValueClick, Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell Owned & Operated Websites Segment - IAC". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
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  17. ^ "Price comparison". Sunday, 28 October 2018

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