For every real shopper out there, Thanksgiving is merely the calm before the storm. Black Friday, the shopping day to end all shopping days, is'a huge feast, with loads of mouthwatering prices and tasty deals. Other bargains might follow in the weeks to come.
However, this bountiful cornucopia of sales does not come free. To achieve the best buys, one most outwit hordes of other consumers. While waking up at 4am on Black Friday and drudging through endless lines is one way to hunt for bargains, there are other alternatives. With the smartphone comes the age of the smart consumer, who uses technology and information to stay one step ahead the competition. Here are a few apps that are sure to help you edge out the best prices possible on Black Friday, throughout the holiday season, and beyond.
Red Laser is a bar scanner application that allows users to quickly access information about products, showing you competing prices while in the store. You can scan the ISBN and UPC barcodes in addition to QR codes. These codes can either be added manually or quickly scanned into the app via the phone's camera. While the scanner tends to work quite well, it's nice to have the option to input the item codes in the event that it does not.
More importantly, Red Laser offers consumers useful information in a simple package. After completing a scan, users will be given a list of search results both online and locally, as well as links to corresponding reviews and a brief description of the product. Literally within seconds, you will be able to find almost everything you need to know to make an informed purchasing decision.
What truly sets Red Laser apart, though, is its utility-driven layout. Sure there are additional features, such as the ability to make shopping lists, but the priority of this app is to work quickly and efficiently. That's what consumers want, especially in a hectic shopping environment like Black Friday.
Free (Android, iPhone, iPad)
Buying technology can be confusing. Besides understanding all of the specs and how each device compares to one another, consumers?need to keep up with the rapid rate at which technology evolves.
While Brighthand and the other TechnologyGuide sites will certainly be working to help keep consumers informed on all the best deals, sometimes consumers need specific information on a particular device. That's where the Decide app comes in.
It works simply, telling consumers based on historical data whether or not they should make a purchase or wait for the new model to be released or the price of the device to drop.
In a similar way as with Red Laser, users will be able to easily look up items via a bar code scanner or use the integrated search function. Considering how frequently technology is replaced, having a tool that can tell consumers when a price drops or a new release is?imminent can be a godsend.
Android, iPhone, Windows Phone 7
Whether you find yourself visiting an unfamiliar mall, or you're simply looking to map out the most effective route, the FastMall app is an essential resource for serious mall shoppers. Having FastMall is like having the "you are here" map on hand at all the times. Even better, it comes with a slew of additional features.
Besides simply offering users a complete layout of the mall, FastMall provides turn-by-turn navigation from store to store, filters to show specific retailers, and call buttons allowing users to directly connect to stores (perfect for checking availability on popular items).
FastMall also gives you additional information on retailers. It includes a deal finder that lists the major sales currently going on within the mall.
FastMall is not only a great way for getting around the mall quickly. It also helps to ensure that consumers get the best deals available.
Slice is perfect for consumers looking to take advantage of the online sales available this Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and thereafter.
Syncing with either your Facebook account or emails, Slice helps you to keep track of?your online purchases, monitoring shipping information and how much you've spent.
It?also provides the retailers contact information all from within the application.
Additionally, if a price drops and retailers offer adjustments, Slice will alert you. Simple and easy, Slice is perfect for condensing down your web purchases into one palatable form.
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