E-commerce and the mobile revolution have put the power of big data and tons of instant information right at each shopper's fingertips, offering everything from instant purchases to deal searches that help you find the best value and lowest prices. With the holiday shopping season upon us and Black Friday sales already underway, here are a host of helpful shopping apps, including e-commerce juggernauts, coupon collectors, deal finders, and price comparison tools all designed to make your shopping easier and less expensive. Never pay full price with the help of the best shopping apps. (Photo Credit: MJTH/Shutterstock)
From its humble beginnings as an online bookstore, Amazon has grown into an ecommerce juggernaut, and its mobile apps (Android, iOS) make sure that you're only a couple of taps away from millions of products, ranging from books to household appliances, software to clothing and everything else in between. Part of what makes Amazon an ecommerce gold standard is the many features integrated into its application, including one-click ordering, wishlists, barcode scanner price checks, voice search, Lightning Deals and more. There's even support for Amazon's AI assistant, Alexa, which can aid you in voice-assisted search, reordering and item tracking.
Another familiar name in ecommerce, eBay's mobile apps (Android, iOS) let you get in on the online auction action wherever you go. Users have everything they need to participate in the vibrant eBay marketplace, with search tools for their favorite products and sellers. The app also includes support for a number of coupons and deals, allowing you to find just what you want and place your bid. Notifications can alert you if you succeeded or if you've just been outbid. Besides finding and bidding on items, you can also put up your stuff on sale, with tools like a barcode scanner and QR code reader to help you get a listing set up in minutes.
Newegg has long been a reliable name when it comes to online electronics shopping, and the Newegg Mobile app (Android, iOS) brings the goodness right to the palm of your hand. Users can browse thousands of items and deals, complete with each item's technical specs, user reviews, and detailed product comparisons, along with hot deals, flash sales, and mobile-only offers. You can even set a personal homepage of your favorite product categories and deals, as well as set custom notifications for daily deals and price alerts.
Dosh (Android, iOS) is a credit card rewards and cash-back app that focuses on ease of use and automation, doing away with coupon cutting, receipt scanning and discount codes in favor of automation. You connect your credit or debit card accounts to the app; whenever you make a purchase, Dosh automatically searches for discount codes, coupons, and other promotions, automatically applying them to your purchase. Cash back is redeemed instantly into your Dosh wallet, which you can transfer into a bank account, PayPal, or the charity of your choice.
Package tracking app Arrive (iOS) is a Shopify Garage project that takes all the guesswork out of figuring out when your packages and purchases will reach you or your recipient with smart, automatic package tracking and notifications. Users simply sync their email with the app, and Arrive automatically tracks package information from hundreds of retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, and Urban Outfitters, and postal services such as UPS, FedEx, and DHL. You can track your packages on the map or view order information and receipts. The app also helps in contacting retailers and carriers if any problems arise with your shipment.
ParcelTrack (Android, iOS) is another solid option for keeping track of your incoming deliveries and parcels, as well as your outgoing packages. Users sign up for a ParcelTrack account and are given a free email address to forward all of their shipping notifications to; ParcelTrack then automatically scrapes all the relevant info from each message, such as tracking numbers, which the app uses to keep you up to date with your deliveries. ParcelTrack supports a variety of shipping providers such as FedEx, UPS, USPS, DHL, and Royal Mail. The app also includes a number of premium subscriber features, such as multidevice syncing and push notifications.
The Krazy Coupon Lady (Android, iOS) brings you tons of discount coupons, codes, and offers from a variety of brands and websites, all collected into a single app for ease of use. Users can set notifications for offers from their favorite stores or brands, create a shopping list of discount items, store coupons, and sync your coupon database across multiple devices. There's even a handy section of videos and tutorials for those new to the entire system of coupons and bargain hunting.