Left: PoachIt - Right: Amazon Price Check
The craziest shopping weekend of the year is just days away, and those aiming to get their hands on a new TV or some games will no doubt be preparing their active shopping plans. An excellent way to get ahead of the competition is by using tech to your advantage. Here are several smartphone apps to help shoppers get the most from these days of mega sales.
If you have your eye on a particular item and are unsure which site or store offers the best price, PoachIt does the legwork for you! Simply create a list of products you aim to purchase by scanning the barcode or running a search, and PoachIt will find price tags, track sales, and sniff out the best bargain possible. Free
Although many shoppers will be up and about long before the break of day, I'd say online shopping is the smarter (and least stressful) way to nail down a great price. Amazon Price Check is the juggernaut online retailer's way of providing the best bargains without the runaround with a quick search or scan of the barcode.
Left: Zoomingo - Right: Shopular
Zoomingo is an amazing app that works well all year round, zeroing in on local shopping opportunities near you. Need a new dress? Simply run a search and Zoomingo will help locate the nearest and cheapest opportunities. For Black Friday shoppers, Zoomingo notifies users the moment sales are announced, which helps to establish a gameplan ASAP.
For the impulsive shopper, Shopular is an ingenius app that knows when you hit the shopping mall and brings a list of all the deals or coupons available in the vicinity. Shopular's specialty is keeping tabs on bargains for a wide variety of outlets like Macy's, Kohls, JC Penney, Walgreens, and even high end fashion stores such as Juicy Couture!
Left: SlickDealer - Right: New Egg
The online service that specializes in hunting down coupons and sales is also available in smartphone form. Using smartphone hardware it's possible to take advantage of features like up to the minute notifications.
Love gadgets and computers? New Egg is the retailer to go for computer parts, tablets, smartphones, and all things tech. and they're famous for their incredible Cyber Monday offers. Do your research and find out if the parts are compatible with your tech, read reader submitted reviews on their products, and create a wish list to see when your desirables go on sale, all from the convenience of your smartphone.
(Image credits: PoachIt / Amazon Price Check; Zoomingo / Shopular; SlickDeals / NewEgg)