Black Friday Deals! Cyber Monday Sales! Holiday Bargains!
Whether you shop in stores or online, you want to be sure you’re getting the best prices and aren’t overpaying for your purchases. But how can you know whether the Black Friday sale price will be lower than the Cyber Monday deal and the end-of-the-year bargain?
These tech tools will help you compare prices both in stores and online. Use these apps, websites and browser extension to save time checking prices and researching deals, both on the Web and in local stores.
You’ll be able to compare prices, get alerts for deals and see the history of sale prices to know when and where you can save money.
No need to hunt through websites or drive around to different stores to compare prices. These tech tools can save you time and money.
ShopSavvy is an app, website and browser extension that can help you compare prices both online and in stores. Head to the ShopSavvy website to see deals and get links to download the free app for iPhone and Android.
Use the app to scan barcodes with your phone’s camera to get price comparisons from retailers such as Macy’s, Kohl’s, Kmart, Nordstrom, Walmart, Target, Overstock, Best Buy, CVS, Walgreens, H&M, Forever 21, Express, Old Navy, Gap, Costco, Toys-R-Us, Newegg, Groupon, Steve Madden and more.
The Cheapest Price Finder Chrome extension from ShopSavvy compares prices when you shop online.
You can also sign up for an account to get email notices for price drops. Your account can also be used for rebates on purchases with Purch Perks. This program with ShopSavvy gives rebates of up to 20% on purchases from participating retailers.
BuyVia is a handy shopping app that lets you scan prices of products to compare them to prices at other online and local retailers. What makes this free app special is the ability to customize notifications so you can get alerts for sales on particular products and from your favorite stores.
This video shows how BuyVia works:
The app can also alert you to coupons and deals when you’re near your favorite stores and restaurants.
The BuyVia app is available free for iPhone/iPad, Apple Watch, Android devices, and Fire tablets. Links to the apps are available at the BuyVia website or you can enter your cell phone number to have the link to the app sent via text message.
Camel Camel Camel
Looking for that special gift on Amazon? Track it on Camel Camel Camel and get notified when the price drops. This oddly named tool tracks prices at Amazon and can show you price histories of products.
Visit their website to see price history charts and sign up to be notified when the price of a product drops. You can sign up for email and/or Twitter notifications. The site also shows popular deals and what products other Camel Camel Camel customers have been tracking.
Their Wishlist Synchronization tool lets you add your Amazon Wish List to Camel Camel Camel to track prices of those items. After you’ve purchased something from your Amazon Wish List, this tool deletes it automatically from your tracked items.
Get the Camelizer extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari to see price trends on Amazon in the US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, China, Italy, and Estonia. After downloading the extension and refreshing your browser, click on the camel icon in your tool bar to see the history of price trends for the product.
You could spend hours comparing prices online, but by the time you finished the prices would have changed. What to do?
Check out Price Jump by savings.com that helps you find the lowest prices, both online and in local stores. Compare prices at Amazon to other online and local retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and Sears to see who has the best prices.
Price Jump has many ways to help you check prices.
- Compare prices of products online by copying the URL of the Amazon product page and pasting it into the search box at Price Jump. You’ll see a list of prices for identical and similar products at other retailers.
- Search by keyword at the Price Jump website to see a list of products and prices.
- Use the free Price Jump iPhone app to scan bar codes when you’re shopping in stores to see price comparisons in other stores and online. This app also shows you Amazon reviews of a product you’ve scanned.
- Get the browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox to show you price comparisons when you shop at Amazon. When you have a product page open at Amazon, the Price Jump extension will open a window if there’s a lower price at another website.
Invisible Hand is a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox and Safari that knows when you’re shopping online and automatically shows you lower prices on other websites. This tool works in the US, UK and Germany to compare prices at 696 retailers and 589 airlines.
Use Invisible Hand to compare not only prices for products, but also prices for travel, such as airfares, hotels and rental cars.
You can also see price comparisons when you search for products on Google, even before you head to a shopping website. Invisible Hand will show you the lowest prices so you know which retailer has the best deal.
For my full review of Invisible Hand, check out Invisible Hand – For Economical Online Shopping!
Do you find comparing prices to be challenging? Have you used any of these shopping tools to compare prices? Are there any tools not listed here that you recommend?
Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!
*Sale price image (edited) courtesy of Public Domain Pictures via Pixabay and Creative Commons
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