Mobile technology has changed the face of the shopping world in recent years by equipping savvy shoppers with money saving tools at their fingertips. Now it’s easier to get deals on more things you buy and interact with other consumers while you’re out, all without having to put much effort into the process. Try out some of these must have shopping apps, which are available on Apple products, Windows Phone, Blackberry and Android-based systems.
Must Have Shopping Apps for Mobile Users
Fans of daily-deal websites love the Valpak app, which offers deals and coupons delivered right to your phone. It has systems that allow you to track what you’ve purchased and just show the voucher on your phone rather than having to print it out and bring it into the store. This makes it easy to find and use a voucher while you’re out instead of having to plan a purchase in advance or run home for one important piece of paper. You can also get notifications that remind you to use your offers or view new offers in your area so you never have to miss out on a great ‘shopportunity.’
Comparison shoppers who always want to find the best deal will get a lot out of eBay Mobile. The app scans products in stores using your smartphone and employs the Milo system to locate the identical product at nearby retailers and compare prices. If you see something in a store you like but want to know if the price is good, you can get all the information you need in a few simple steps. Enjoy comparison shopping without having to drive all over your city.
When you love the experience of shopping in a store but appreciate even more the convenience of a quick checkout, AisleBuyer is the app for you. Scan your purchases on your smartphone in stores that support the application, get information about products you’re interested in and complete the transaction through your phone instead of having to wait in a long line, such as those shoppers would like to avoid during the holidays. The app is currently only available in Boston but a newsletter is available to keep you informed of future store locations.
Earning rewards is easy with Shopkick, a mobile app that lets you check in when you visit stores, scan products and earn rewards based on your activity. If you’re well-connected with other shoppers, you can also benefit by sharing perks with friends on social media websites and getting rewards when they buy through your links. If you like shopping and want others to benefit from your shopping outings, the app even lets you donate your reward points to charities. Shopkick is currently available at Crate and Barrel, Macy’s, Target and other well-known retailers.
The great thing about these shopping apps is they’re all incredibly user-friendly, even allowing shoppers who aren’t as tech-savvy to benefit from their information and convenience. In the coming years, mobile technology is likely to become even more integrated into shopping routines, creating a seamless transition between traditional in-store shopping and online shopping.
Jessica has been a techie for years. Her passions include cooking, writing, and taking advantage of deals, especially those she can quickly access with her iPhone.
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