16 Best Mobile Shopping Apps For Your Phone
This article shares tips from the newest episode of Dealista, our podcast that'll help you get more for less.
Bargain hunting is easier than ever with these great shopping apps for your smart phone. You no longer have to run from store to store comparing prices, or wonder if the hot deal you're looking at might not be as hot as the one offered across the street. Use these popular shopping apps to make sure you're walking out the store with the very best deal.
Shop Nearby: Shop every store with every product on the web from your iPhone. Find out which stores near you carry the products you're looking for and compare prices. Available free for iPhone or mobile browserK.
RedLaser: Similar to ShopSavvy, you can scan bar coded items and compare prices from GoogleProducts and TheFind database. Available for iPhone at $1.99.
Save Benjis: Search online vendors for virtually any product to compare prices. This app also provides product descriptions and reviews. Available free for iPhone.
Compare Me: If you've got two items of varying volume and need to figure out which is the better deal, CompareMe will tell you. Available for iPhone for $1.99.
Coupon Sherpa: Use this app to find coupons while on the go. Just show the coupon on your phone and it'll scan at the register! Available free for iPhone.
Compare Everywhere: Scan barcodes to get product prices and reviews. It can even use Android's GPS to tell you the location and directions to the nearest store that stocks the item. Available free for Android.
Buzzillions: Get product reviews on the go. Make sure the plasma TV you're eyeing at the store has user approval. Get all the reviews and ratings you need at your fingertips. Available free for iPhone.
GoodGuide: Scan a barcode to see if a product is safe, healthy, and green. See detailed ratings for health, environmental and social responsibility. Available free for iPhone.
Point Inside: Ever get lost while in a shopping mall, and can't even find the directory for a map? Take out your trusty phone and pull up the mall directory directly. Available free for iPhone.
Holiday Gift Guide: Browse through over a thousand items that are listed on popular holiday gift lists, and find them locally at nearby or online stores. Available free for iPhone.
Be Nice to Bunnies: Developed by PETA, you can use this app to check if a product was made cruelty-free. Available for iPhone for $1.99.
Quick and Dirty Tips for Using Shopping Apps to Get the Best Deal
You're armed with these apps and you're ready to hunt down the best bargains. Don't forget these tips while you're at the store.
- Resist the temptation to buy something you know isn't the best price simply because you want it now. Sometimes it makes sense to pay more for convenience, but not when you're just impatient.
- If one of your nifty apps do tell you a store nearby has the item for less, show it to the store manager. You might be able to get a price match then and there, rather than having to make a trip to another place.
- Check out reviews and user ratings. Learn from the mistakes of those who bought before you.
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