Our Favorite Google Shopping Features

Our Favorite Google Shopping Features

Taryn Williford
Feb 24, 2011

If you've ever typed a product name into the Google search bar, you've seen a snapshot of what Google Shopping has to offer. You might have even used Google shopping to save a few bucks on that memory card reader you bought years ago. But delve a little deeper into Google's product search site and you'll find that it's got a few cool features that can turn you into an online-shopping money-saving pro!

Instant Search
Instant search on the Google homepage is kind of annoying, non? But somehow, it takes on a useful turn when we're searching for good deals on the web. When you're comparing prices on dimmer switches, you'd hate to miss out on a bargain because one retailer calls it a "light dimmer" and another calls it a "light dim switch." Now, you can get a quick snapshot of the online offerings as you're in the middle of typing out the word.

Search Nearby Stock
If we're not shopping online, it's either because (a) we procrastinated somebody's birthday gift and need it in our hands yesterday or (b) we're gadget brats who need instant gratification once we've decided it's time to add a Kinect to the game arsenal. But even when you're heading out to a brick-and-mortar store, you can use Google Shopping to compare deals. Just check the box next to "Show only: In stock nearby," and you'll get a price list of all the Kinects available near your zip code. It will also save you from heading to two different Target stores to find one available in Atlanta a week after Christmas (Not that we did that—it happened to a friend... just saying).

Search only Free Shipping
What's better than free shipping? Besides ice cream sundaes, nothing! The next time you're buying anything online, head to Google Shopping and check that fabulous little box next to "Show only: Free shipping." Then, and only then, should you commence your comparison shopping. Your wallet will thank you.

(Top shopping cart image: Flickr member bcostin licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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