With Black Friday imminent (today!) and the Christmas and Holiday Shopping Season around the corner, there is no better time to get to know what apps can make your “shopping season” easier, more efficient, AND save you money and hassle! I’ve used each of these apps and highly recommend them for you; I know that they will all save you time, frustration, and money!
My TOP TEN LIST of iPhone mobile Apps to help you with your Christmas and Holiday Shopping:
(pictures and descriptions direct from the iStore)
1. RedLaser (RL Classic)
RedLaser ―― Impossibly accurate barcode scanning.
✓ Scans UPC, EAN, UPC-E and EAN-8 barcodes!
✓ QR code scanning including URLs, contact info, calendar events, emails and more!
✓ Searches for prices with Google, theFind, SDC, eBay, Milo.com, Half.com, and Buy.com
✓ Keyword search and Voice search functionality to find the best deal when you don’t have a barcode handy
✓ Local search powered by Milo.com and TheFind
✓ Local search locates books in nearby libraries
✓ High-res Retina display support for iPhone 4
✓ iPhone 4 LED light option during scanning
✓ Send scanned products as email attachment ― great for inventory!
✓ Automatic search localization for USD, EUR, and GBP
✓ Create a QR Code from your contacts, a URL, or text
AppleStore Directt link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rl-classic/id312720263?mt=8
2. Amazon Mobile
The Amazon Mobile App allows iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users to quickly search, shop, compare prices, read reviews, and make purchases on Amazon using a simple, yet elegant, interface. To make on-the-go shopping and price comparison even easier, the Amazon Mobile App includes helpful shopping features that allow users to scan a barcode, snap a photo, or type a search, to quickly compare prices and check availability.
Amazon customers have full access to their existing cart, wish lists, payment and shipping options, order history, 1-Click (R) settings, and Prime membership benefits, just as they do on the web. All purchases made on Amazon Mobile are routed through Amazon’s secure servers.
Amazon Mobile is great for:
• Shopping for the full selection of products available from Amazon.com and our merchant partners
• Browsing product images and ratings; reading product details and customer reviews
• Comparing prices from Amazon and thousands of other merchants to those in the retail store where you are shopping
• Shopping from a wish list, or adding items to your wish list — even selecting “gift wrap this item”
• Using the Snap It functionality to take a picture to search for a product from virtually anywhere
• Watching movie trailers and listening to music samples (iPad only)
• Scanning a barcode to instantly search for a product while on-the-go (currently only available with devices running iOS 4 with autofocus camera)
• Purchasing securely right from your mobile device
• Tracking the status of a recently-placed order
• Shopping Amazon’s selection from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.com, Amazon.it, Amazon.cn or Amazon.co.jp from a single app with the location toggle feature available from the More menu
AppleStore Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/amazon-mobile/id297606951?mt=8
Now you can navigate any mall map WITHOUT the need for GPS or WIFI. Once you download any mall map you can get interactive navigation even without an Internet signal!!! FastMall™ is a truly exciting, helpful interactive experience and community that allows you to find, then be guided turn by turn to restrooms, stores and restaurants at shopping malls around the world all without using GPS or WIFI.
Remember where you parked your car, add a text, photo or video review of anything you would like and share it with the world, check in at the mall or stores you love and of course shake your iPhone to locate and then be taken to the nearest restroom!
Use a baby stroller? Use a wheelchair? FastMall™ allows you to select ELEVATORS ONLY as an option so you can easily get around the mall!
AppleStore Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fastmall-shopping-malls-community/id340656157?mt=8
shopkick gives you rewards (aka “kicks”) just for walking into stores like Target, Best Buy, Old Navy, Macy’s, Toys“R”Us, American Eagle, Sports Authority and many more. Turn your kicks into iTunes gift cards, store gift cards, Facebook credits, restaurant vouchers, gas cards or movie tickets. Or, get in the holiday spirit and make donations to over 30 charities.
AppleStore Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shopkick-your-favorite-stores…just/id383298204?mt=8
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Unbelievable coupon savings at your favorite stores, restaurants & gas stations – coupons always at your fingertips, everywhere you go!
The Coupons App features:
*Coupon WIDGET – Real-time coupons throughout your day.
*GAS pricing – Cheapest gas at local gas stations nearby.
*BARCODE scanner – Price comparison shopping tool.
*SHARE Coupon – Text & email coupons, Twitter coupons, even coupon sharing onto Facebook!
*VOICE search coupons – Fast, easy and hands-free coupon and product searching means it is now even easier to find exactly what you want at the lowest price available.
*SAVE Coupons – Coupon to calendar, one-tap maps navigate you to the nearest venue, phone the nearest location shown in each coupon and much more!
Coupons continuously update throughout each day, it’s like a fresh coupon buffet at your fingertips! Place the coupon widget onto your home screen and preview coupons instantly as they become available.
SMS Text coupon – sharing of coupons with any phone. You may even text each coupon to older analog phones without the Coupons App installed & on other carriers!
Search coupons – Coupon searching even while you stand in the store checkout line.
Redeeming coupons from The Coupons App is easy! Simply display coupon on your phone to cashier.
AppleStore Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-coupons-app/id461062822?mt=8
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Find the cheapest gas on the go – for free! In one click, locate gas stations near you and see their current gas prices. Never overpay for gas again.
AppleStore Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gasbuddy-find-cheap-gas-prices/id406719683?mt=8
7. eBay Mobile
The eBay for iPhone app allows you to tap into the world’s largest marketplace anywhere you are. Shop and sell on eBay all from one app!
Designed to run natively on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, eBay members will never miss an opportunity to snag a hard-to-find item with instant alerts when outbid or auctions are ending. You can compare prices in the store against eBay prices using the handy barcode scanner. When listing items for sale, use the research feature to find out how much your item is going for, then save time by pre-populating your listing. Editing, adding your own iPhone pics. Sharing items you are selling or buying with Facebook and Twitter friends is quick and easy with the eBay for iPhone app.
AppleStore Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ebay/id282614216?mt=8
8. Key ring
Never carry plastic or paper loyalty, membership, library cards or coupons again!
✓ Scan and save all of your loyalty cards in your phone
✓ Join new loyalty programs in seconds
✓ Receive exclusive coupons from top retailers
✓ Digitally save grocery coupons to your loyalty card
✓ Barcode scanner. Add your barcoded loyalty cards by scanning the barcode.
✓ Remote cloud backup. Never worry about losing your loyalty cards again. Allows restoring your cards on any device that has Key Ring installed.
✓ Share cards with family members
✓ Digital grocery coupons for over 30 retailers
✓ Tons of FREE coupons from top retailers: % off, BOGO, $ off
✓ Support for over 1,000 loyalty programs
✓ Share coupons, deals, and offers via facebook, twitter, and email.
✓ Supports adding any barcoded or non-barcoded card
✓ Simple to use. Anyone can use this app!
✓ Store locator, notes, program details, store contact info
✓ No ads. Period.
AppleStore Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/key-ring-reward-cards/id372547556?mt=8
Goodzer’s free app is a personal shopping assistant. Whatever product you’re looking to buy, Goodzer shows you all the nearby stores – big and small – that carry the item. It displays the price, availability, directions to the store and other related information. No more waiting for shipping, or driving from store-to-store to find something special!
– Find products from the inventory of more than a half-million local stores across entire United States
– View product info for more than 2,000,000,000 items
– Sort and filter results by price, distance and store name
– Online-shopping option lets you compare prices or order online
– Save items to your shopping list
AppleStore Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goodzer/id405781212?mt=8
Launch Yowza!! on your iPhone or iPod Touch, and it instantly goes about finding Yowza!! deals and coupons in your geographic area. Choose the offer you like best and visit the store. When you walk up to the cashier, just show the Yowza!! deal on your device and let them scan the barcode or type in the coupon code. That’s it—you just saved money!!
No clipping. No stashing coupons in your wallet or purse. No need to remember which location that restaurant coupon was good for. Yowza!! takes the hassle and guesswork out of saving money.
These aren’t just a bunch of coupons we found on the internet—we went to each merchant on your behalf and got them on board. And we’re not done! More merchants are being added every day.
Since Yowza!! is an iPhone app, it will keep to itself until you want to use it: no SMS messages badgering you with offers and no spam. We go after the offers and put them on your iPhone for you to use when you’re ready: when you’re out shopping and want to come away with a sweet deal.
-Deals negotiated specifically for Yowza!! users
-Instant results based on your current location
-City and zip code based coupon searches
-Get Notifications when your favorite store adds a coupon
-Share Your Savings via Twitter, Facebook, or Email
-“Favorite” your coupons for easy retrieval at the register
-Keep track of how much you’ve saved
-Cashier scans barcodes right off your device
-New deals and stores added daily
-Deals available across the US
AppleStore Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yowza!!-mobile-coupons/id312021877?mt=8
Two VERY cool Bonus Selections!
Bonus #1: Better Christmas List
Cost: $.99 U.S.
✔ Create Separate Groups for Family, Friends, Work etc.
✔ Set and Track Budgets for Groups or People
✔ Passcode Feature to Prevent Prying Eyes :)
✔ Intuitive Icons Let You See Status at a Glance
✔ Move Old Gifts Into The Archive Each Year
✔ Track What People Received In Years Past
✔ Integrates With Your Address Book For Ease
✔ Colorful Icons Show Who’s Set and Who’s Not
✔ Shopping list – Sort by store or by Urgency
✔ Export Your Lists to Send to Others
AppleStore Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/better-christmas-list/id295466005?mt=8
Bonus #2: Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper 2012
Cost: $4.99 U.S.
More than a barcode scanner! Make the best buying decisions with one year of ad-free access (no auto-renew) to the award-winning Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper.
Now get all the information you need to know before you buy, wherever you go. Get ad-free access to expert & unbiased Consumer Reports’ Ratings, Brand Reliability, Buying Advice, videos and more on thousands of products, including:
– Home & Garden
– Babies & Kids
– Car tires and batteries
– Research, price and shop in an unbiased and ad-free environment
– Quick access to product info by browsing our Ratings, searching for an item or scanning a UPC barcode
– See which products are Recommended and which are rated as a CR Best Buy®
– Compare Ratings of different models to see how they stack up against each other
– Read through detailed user reviews
– See which brands are most reliable
– Find the best deals online or on the shelves of nearby retail stores
– Share with friends/family via email or post to Facebook and/or Twitter
– Save products for quick and easy access whenever you need it ─ wherever you are
AppleStore Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/consumer-reports-mobile-shopper/id441421142?mt=8
Finally (as a super post-bonus-post!), two great all around apps for your “out-and-about” experience:
Super post Bonus #1: QR Reader for iPhone
Read all of those Q! Codes during your trips
AppleStore Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qr-reader-for-iphone/id368494609?mt=8
Super post Bonus #2: AroundMe
Cost: Free or $2.99 U.S. (Ad-free version)
Find just about anything you need near (around) you (me!).
AppleStore Direct Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aroundme/id290051590?mt=8
Enjoy! ..and please let me know of any other “must-have” iPhone shopping apps in the comment section below.
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website: jpisano.com.