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Beating Amazon

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Everytime I see a site that requires user interaction, it gives me a chance to practice some hackery. Case in point: Amazon black friday deals.

Amazon wants you to wait on the page counting down like you have nothing better to do. As a programmer I’d rather make a script to do that for me.

It brought me back a bit as their version of jQuery is 1.6.4. Anyway here’s the script, you can open the javascript console with Ctrl + Shift + J then paste the code below in or you can use the bookmarklet:

bookmarklet: Amazon Clicker

(function($) {
    function re__waitForIt__serve($item) {
        var interval = setInterval(function() {
            var $buyButton = $item.find('.btn');
            if ($buyButton.length) {
                setTimeout(function() {
                    alert('Item (hopefully) available to buy!');
                    $item.css('outline', '1px solid green');
                }, 5000)
        }, 100);
    jQuery('body').delegate('li[id]', 'mouseenter.grabber', function() {
        var $this = $(this);
        $this.css('outline', '1px solid red');
        $this.delegate('*', 'click.grabber', function() {
            $this.css('outline', '1px solid blue');
            alert('All set to buy item');
            return false;
        $this.bind('mouseleave.grabber', function() { $this.css('outline', 'none'); });

(Tested in Chrome)

Think there’s a better way to do this? Did you ever have to do something like this?
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