If you're getting yourself mentally ready to hit the crowds this week for this year's Black Friday sales, don't forget to check out the latest apps that will help in this task. Pen and paper are so last generation when it comes to checking out where to go and for double-checking prices while you're shopping...there are apps for that now!
The first app from Amazon is called Price Check (iTunes App Store link). It's an iPhone-only app and allows you to scan the barcode of stocked items to compare the price over at Amazon to see if you're getting a good deal, or wait to place an order online. It's also compatible with voice and photo searches.
The photo search isn't always accurate, but the barcode is right on the money, even in low-light situations (we tried it on a few unopened boxes of inkjet printer refills and it brought up the correct selection and various online sellers). The voice search also works well. The bottom line is that this app is free and if you've already got an iPhone, so why not just add another weapon in your arsenal of Black Friday money saving tech tools.
If you're dreading the Black Friday crowds, then the Milo website will help you navigate through those crazy hours. The software allows you to check product inventory before you head to your favorite big box store. Most importantly, Milo aggregates and tracks Black Friday discounts, supposedly updating in real time, allowing you to map out your shopping trips according to the best prices locally. Milo also has an Android app that will allow you to track these same things for free. The iPhone app will set you back $10.