A smart shopper knows how to get cheap yet great finds. If you think that you could do better with your consumer skills, don’t fret – your Android device may be of help. Try downloading any of these apps, and you’ll be able to organize your grocery and mall activities, as well as get the best deals in your area.
If you’re the type of person who keeps on forgetting to buy something after you’ve left the grocery, then this app is for you. ToMarket helps you list everything down before you head out. You can create your list by typing it directly in your phone, by uploading a CSV file, or by voice command. Everything is customizable; you can arrange items by category, and even by aisle depending on the store you’ve filtered. Moreover, it has a barcode scanner, a to-do list, and a coupon tracker. If you want to share your list via email or SMS, you can download the full version.
ShopSavvy is marketed as “the original barcode scanner for Android”, but it’s definitely more than that. If you want the best price for certain item, just type in the keyword or scan the barcode, and you’ll get a roster of online and brick-and-mortar places within your vicinity that sells it, as well as how it’s priced in each store. You can check out reviews to help you with your purchase, or you can add products you like to your wish list and monitor price changes. ShopSavvy also saves your history for later browsing, and is integrated with Facebook and Twitter. It’s a pretty good app for canvasing and casual shopping.
You have probably experienced going to the mall only to find that what you wanted to buy was out-of-stock. Milo can help you avoid that hassle by giving you access to store shelves in your vicinity. Enter your keyword and the app will pull up nearby stores, and the number of stocks of the item you need. You’ll also get to compare prices so you know where you can get the best deal. Currently, it only works in the US, but we hope that they have plans of going international soon.
Shopkick is a geolocation-based app with a spin – not to mention freebies. Here’s how it works: once you walk in a partner store (like Target), the app recognizes where you are and immediately gives you “kickbucks”, which are reward points you need to accumulate in order to redeem your gift cards or Facebook Credits. The nice thing about is that you can redeem anywhere, so you don’t worry about searching for a faraway store branch just to get your freebies.
Google Catalogs is another great addition to the company’s wide array of applications. Designed specifically for tablets, it offers you hundreds of catalogs to browse through, lets you shop without leaving the app, and gives you the option to share the items you find interesting with friends via email. It’s under continuous development, so we can be sure that more catalogs will be added soon.
Even if there are tons of shopping apps out there, Egg Drop manages to differentiate itself by focusing not just on what stores have for sale, but on what your neighbors have for sale. Everything works in real time, and should you have any questions, you can talk with the seller with the in-app messager. Planning to sell something? You can instantly upload a photo of your item as well as its price and you’re ready to go. It’s almost like Craiglist, only more functional, and it’s pretty nifty when it comes to searching for the best deals around. If you’re interested in online shopping but can’t stay put scanning auction sites all day long, then this app is for you.