Cut down on the shopping stress and save money with price comparison apps that can help harried shoppers find the best deals online and in-store. From barcode scanners to deal aggregators and online shopping tools, there's something for every shopper here. You never need pay more than best price with the help of these eight price comparison apps for your Android or iOS device.
ShopSavvy is a handy shopping companion, with the ability for shoppers to scan barcodes or search for an item in order to look up the best prices at top retailers and shops nationwide. Tag-based searching and a Sales tab also keep it easy for users to find and keep track of the latest sales relevant to them, with data on promos updated daily. You can even set a "SmartAlert" that notifies you of special deals that fit a particular profile you're looking for.
Another great price comparison option is BuyVia's app, which combines mobile couponing, deal searches and price comparison features into a single app. Users can scan bar or QR codes to easily look up a product's prices, as well as related deals, specs and reviews, with BuyVia looking for the best prices from online and local retailers. You can also set the app to give you alerts when deals or price drops occur on items in your watch list.
Amazon's old Price Checker app got folded into the core Amazon app experience, allowing users to use their smartphone's camera to scan products to easily compare online prices on Amazon and other merchants, as well as look up customer reviews of a given product. Once there, it's simplicity itself to use the app to place any orders or to place items into your personal watchlist.
Purchx (iOS, Android app coming soon)
Purchx is a mobile comparison shopping app that lets you quickly look up peer and professional reviews, check out side-by-side product comparisons, and quickly compare local and online prices. Launched by Purch, parent company of Tom's Guide, Purchx brings together professional reviews from sources such as Tom's Guide, LaptopMag, AnandTech and Tom's Hardware. Users can also write their own reviews and earn rewards based on how helpful they are. Whether you're looking for electronics, sporting goods, beauty products or any of dozens of product categories, Purchx may be the way to go.
Walmart's always been aggressive at matching or beating the prices that competitors set, which means it was no surprise when they created a Savings Catcher app. It encourages users to scan your receipts so the app can run a comparison with other local prices. If it finds something lower elsewhere customers receive gift card rebates. Walmart has since worked this Savings Catcher feature into its core shopping app.
Sometimes, timing can be everything. Choosing to buy at the right time with the right discount or promo can lead to huge savings. The trick of course is finding the right time. Enter ShopAdvisor, a mobile "shopping concierge" that helps you find the products you like, and then notifies you of price drops, as well as comparing prices across a variety of retailers.
ScanLife lets users scan barcodes, QR codes or Microsoft Tags to quickly get their hands on a wealth of information useful to the savvy shopper. The app lets you look up online and storefront prices, as well as relevant price matching programs and relevant product reviews. You can look up nutritional information, where available, as well as nearby locations carrying the same item. Users can earn points for scanning items. Those points can be redeemed for gift cards.
Slickdeals is an excellent aggregator that brings you the best deals available from a wide variety of sources, collecting deals from all over the Web into a single place. Covering everything from electronics, clothing, to groceries and local deals, there's a good chance that Slickdeals has it. Users can view featured deals on the front page, popular or local deals, search and view by product category, and set custom deal alerts for products and categories they're looking out for.