The Best Shopping Apps
If you’re not yet using your mobile to get some shopping done, you might be missing a trick. Mobile shopping combines the convenience of buying from the palm of your hand with the awesomeness of saving money (and who doesn’t want that?). Whether you’re a fashion guru, a bargain hunter, or just want to avoid a nightmare trip to a crowded shopping centre, then you might want to get to downloading some of these apps- the best of the best when it comes to mobile shopping.
The Amazon App
We’re starting off with a very recognisable name here, Amazon. Most of us these days have an Amazon account, and you might be wondering why on earth you’d want to download a whole separate app for your Amazon experience. But the Amazon App is so much more than just access to your account (oh, you get access to your wishlist too, in case you’re wondering). See, the Amazon App comes with a barcode scanner, so wherever you are, all you need to do is scan that barcode and the app will find an identical product on sale through Amazon, letting you easily compare prices to get the best deal. No barcode? No problem. You can also take a picture and the app will do an image search of Amazon for you. Saving money has never been easier… Available for iOS and Android, and free too!
Eugh, Groupon is so 2014, the new big thing is LivingSocial. And what’s so special about this app, you might ask. Similar to Groupon, LivingSocial also provides you with a list of discounts, bargains and deals in your local area, saving you anywhere up to 90% products. You can also buy direct using your phone. But LivingSocial gets even better than just savings. If you can persuade three of your friends to go for the same deal as you, then you get your product (or service) absolutely free. How sweet is that? LivingSocial is free and available for both iOS and Android.
Okay, okay, this is another price comparison app, but ShopSavvy goes one step further than other comparison apps. Not all of us love shopping online, and if you’re paranoid about entering your credit card information into a website, then ShopSavvy might be the perfect shopping app for you. Similar to the other price comparison apps we’ve looked at, ShopSavvy will let you search for the best deals on a product (image searching and barcode searching are both fine too). But as well as letting you know the best online deals, ShopSavvy also lets you know the best deals in shops in your local area, and even gives you a handy map letting you know which outlet is closest to you and has the best price. If you’re more into real life shopping than online purchasing, or if you’d just like to have the best of both worlds, then ShopSavvy is a great choice. Available for iOS and Android, and free to download.
It would be remiss of us not to include the eBay app on our list, simply because it’s an elegant mobile version of a big name website. eBay can be a godsend if you’re looking for a niche product or even if you want to save yourself a few pounds. And eBay shopping has never been easier with this new app. You’ll never miss an auction deadline again, and you’ll stay up to date on all your bids, as well as being able to buy direct as well. Easy, intuitive and money saving, what more could you want? The eBay app is free and available for Android, Windows and iOS.
Shopping isn’t only about getting the right prices, it’s about being informed too. And that’s where Consumr comes in. Sure, Consumr will let you compare prices across online retailers, but it also has a huge database of user reviews, letting you know exactly what it is that you’re buying. Whether you’re looking for a new laptop or a new book, Consumr will give you all the info you need from real shoppers. You can also earn rewards by reviewing products yourself. Consumr is iOS only at the moment.
Finally, another slightly different shopping app. GoodGuide helps you to identify how, well, good a product is that you’re interested in. Whatever it is that you’re thinking of buying, GoodGuide will let you know whether the product is healthy, whether it’s environmentally friendly and whether or not it has a social impact. If social consciousness and the environment are important to you, then GoodGuide is there to help you make responsible choices. Though currently GoodGuide only covers products available in the US, there’s plenty of overlap with UK products. The app is free and available for iOS and Android.