Instead of commenting on the retail sectors ups and downs for this past weekend (looks like shopping was up but basket size was down), I thought I would write about my favorite apps for the holiday shopping season.
I spent about two hours online last night searching for gifts for the kids on my Christmas list and did manage to find some great deals. But now that the deals have expired and I still have some shopping to do, I am tapping, literally, into some retail apps to help me find the best deals.
*RedLaser*: I like this one a lot. I was at Target this morning and scanned a toy with my iPhone using the red laser app. It immediately told me where else nearby I could find that product and at what prices. This was very cool EXCEPT, given that I still live in Bentonville, Arkansas, I did not get a lot of great choices for places nearby selling it cheaper. I guess I should feel good that I am getting it at the best price. I REALLY loved that it also showed me where online I could find it cheaper as well and when I clicked on the price it re-directed me right to that site so I could buy on the spot. VERY cool. This is my favorite shopping app so far.
*Yowza!*: This is nice if you are about to head out and want to see what retailers near you are hosting deals. For someone like me who is usually rushing around, it was not the same as being able to check prices while I am staring at the product but it would persuade me to go to places that I had not planned to go in the first place.
*Coupon Sherpa*: This one is similar to Yowza except that it lists more retailers and they are listed alphabetically. You can also track by category. They have some decent ones listed. In my rural area out here in the stick, I was hoping for a Starbucks coupon but was pleasantly surprised to find coupons for AMC theaters, Borders, Gap, Target and even some restaurants. Again, it might be something I check when I am at the store but it is also a nice tool for planning your shopping trip.
*Save Benjis+*: This has the scan feature that Red Laser has but it does not list as many options for other places and prices as Red Laser offers. It is a bit more limiting but it was free when I downloaded it.
*Amazon*: Always handy to compare prices. They just do a good job overall of getting the mobile and online experience.
*Black Friday*: This app is a good idea generator app. It lists products with consumer review ratings and then links to buy. It is ok but you have to scroll through all the items to see if they have what you want…there is no search element.
That is all for now. Happy shopping!