Your Smartphone can be “a very convenient tool” t0 help you save enough money in other areas to pay your monthly cell bill that provides you with the convenience of “one stop-shopping” to get the best prices.
- Compare prices on products at local stores with Apps to save time and gas money driving from store to store to compare. Wal-Mart Target, Best Buy and J C Penney match rivals’ prices so locate competitors’ prices while in the store, by opening one of the apps, and using your Smartphone’s camera, to “scan” in the barcode of the item. The app will send you back the product description and information and prices from all the competing stores, as well as locations of the competing stores.
- track down coupons Instead of clipping coupons, use your iphone!
- get discounts at your favorite stores.
- store your loyalty and gift cards
- Load your iphone with reward cards
- make wish lists
- scan bar codes.
- earn rewards with CheckPoints app when they take pictures of the bar codes of items the app chooses to feature. Points are redeemable for gift certificates from retailers such as Sephora and Neiman Marcus, plus gadgets, airline miles and charity donations. (Shopkick, another app, will enter you in sweepstakes just for “checking in” — alerting the app that they’ve walked into a particular store. Even Facebook has gotten involved in mobile check-ins with its Facebook Places service. Shoppers could get deals for checking in once, returning to a store or bringing friends to a store. Gap, Macy‘s and American Eagle Outfitters are among those offering discounts this way.)
- RedLaser (iPhone and Android)-a free scanning application that using your phone’s location, can find local retailers nearby that have your item in stock and for the lowest price.
- TheFind (this also powers Redlaser)
- Google Shopper app (Android)
- Google (iPhone)
- ShopSavvy Find new ways to get the things you’ve scanned for even cheaper, learn about coupon codes, rebates, weekend sales and more.
- Amazon Mobile-You Can Now Scan Barcodes Using An iPod Touch Too
Not everything works, but it is amazing on even little things like Lipton tea how prices vary.
Features differ from app to app and some will have more than others but finding the lowest price is what counts. PriceGrabber and NexTag let you search by scanning a barcode. Just snap a picture with your phone’s camera to search for an item. You may also be able to purchase directly from the app .
Some shoppers might be wary of closing transactions on their smartphone, though, and may opt to browse for deals on their phones but pay from their computers.
It is recommend that you consult all three apps, particularly for larger purchases as the apps may search different stores for prices. You don’t want to find that there was a cheaper price that you missed out on!
http://www.frucall.com a free comparison-shopping engine for your cell phone! There are three ways to find a deal:
- Call the toll-free number and enter the barcode of the product
- text the barcode to FRU11
- point your phone to http://frucall.com/m to search for that product.
Once you’ve entered your information, Frucall will search shopping sites and return the best prices.
Shopkick and CheckPoints give you rewards just for shopping. Fire up the app and check in at a participating location. You’ll get points that are redeemable for rewards — such as gift cards, electronics and airline miles immediately and redeem the rewards directly from the apps. You can also earn points by scanning featured products with your phone’s camera.
You’ll want to use both of these apps. That’s because they both have partnered with different stores and brands. (Shopkick is partnered with Target, Best Buy and Macy‘s. CheckPoints works in more than one million locations, including Kmart.)
Search for apps from your favorite retailer. Walmart, Macy’s, Target and Toys ‘R’ Us all have apps. which provide plenty of help when you’re shopping as some include sale items and weekly deals. It’s an easy way to see what’s on sale. On any given day, a store could be running a special. Online retailers can change them on the fly
Most apps will let you search through products the stores carry. They also provide driving directions and store information.
Identity thieves are now beginning to turn their sights to smartphones.
Much like PriceGrabber’s website, which attracts about 26 million shoppers each month. the mobile app for iphone or Android allows, shoppers to:
- scan an item at a store and see information on the best price on the product across multiple retailers.
- haggle for a better deal while they’re in the store, or buy it for less through a competitor PriceGrabber has provided info on
- know exactly how much the purchase will be when shipped directly to a consumer’s home, showing which option is the least expensive down to the last cent
Some mobile apps deliver deals based on a customer’s preferences and where they are, thanks to location-finding technology that tracks where a customer shops and what items they check out. Mobile app developer Yowza claims it has saved users more than $5.4 million.
The app hunts down coupons from nearby retailers and sends vouchers straight to shoppers’ phones, which cashiers can scan at checkout. Lane Bryant, which has offered “buy one, get one free” deals through the app, is among the more than 300 brands Yowza has enlisted.
Mobile devices can also combine tasks that consumers have typically done only in stores or only from their computers. “Stores are really starting to understand that the lines between online and brick-and-mortar stores are blurring right now,” Conrad says, pointing to retailers such as Walmart that have added Wi-Fi service so customers can go online while shopping in a store.
Mobile smartphones also deliver online information to shoppers at traditional malls. Many big malls and department stores are hopping on board:
• Simon Property Group offers an iPhone app that can automatically notify a shopper’s social network when she has checked into a particular store at the mall. The Simon app also delivers specialized deal alerts and can help shoppers remember where they parked.
•General Growth Properties gives consumers access to promotions and discounts at its 150-plus malls nationwide through its Club Shopping Mall Guide app. GPS-based store directories help shoppers navigate the malls. Shoppers also can play mobile games for prizes. For instance, the app might display a picture of a snow globe, prompting consumers to shake their phones for the chance to win a $100 mall gift card or to enter a sweepstakes for a $500 gift card, depending on what the virtual snow globe reveals.
•J.C. Penney has built a mobile-compatible website and an app for the iPhone and Android phones. Both provide a peek at weekly sales circulars and help in finding the nearest store. It also lets shoppers create mobile wish lists, take advantage of coupons and access their store rewards account.
•Target‘s mobile website and apps store prices to help customers compare deals. The chain also offers coupons that can be scanned and redeemed from the smartphone. It can detect when a consumer comes in a store and offer specialized incentives right on the spot.
Consumers could also better prepare themselves for big holiday shopping trips by using apps that make store loyalty cards virtual, as Shu did.
Mobile app Swagg’s aim is for users to “have everything, carry nothing” — in their wallets. The mobile tool
- stores up to 300 loyalty and gift cards on a smartphone.
- delivers deals straight to the mobile screen, much like Yowza. There are more than $55,000 in discounts from more than 3,000 brands available through the app. Users can choose which types of offers they’d like to see.
- Shoppers could even cut shipping costs on gifts and send last-minute presents through mobile-gifting services. Swagg has at least half a dozen retailers on board for its gift card swap service, where people can send a gift card right to a loved one’s smartphone. The app is working on getting more retailers to participate in this service. Options now might be a bit limited.
Mobile apps may also help shoppers better filter discounts and inventory on big e-commerce sites. The eBay Deals app for iPhone brings users daily deals and enables customized searches for bargains.
The Overstock.com mobile app has all the same shopping and search capabilities as the website and could also help shoppers ring in extra savings through its Lott-O function, which offers exclusive chances to win extra savings.
APP FOR ONLINE SHOPPING Shopping on line lacks the visual nature of store shopping. Browsing through products online can be tedious.
Plus, you’re usually confined to one site. And searching for items of a specific color isn’t an option. So there is room for improvement.
www.glancely.com hopes to be that improvement. It is a visual search engine for shopping sites. The predominant product source is the craft site Etsy. However, it pulls from other sources as well.
Just start typing in what you’re looking for. A long list of images will be instantly available. You can then sort by price and even color. The color matching works very well.
Must read: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/25/technology/personaltech/25smart.html
- Stores are motivated to match competitors’ prices or services.
- Sales clerks may sweeten deals with perks or extended warranties
- Foursquare.com, or AT&T ShopAlerts tailor pop-up specials– even on games–if you check in, Palmer says.
- Stores may divert your search to their apps.
- Some brands give big chains individualized bar codes, so you must compare features.