Category: Shopping Apps

The returnguru app makes holiday shopping, actually returning, WAY easier

If there’s one thing I reaaaallly don’t like about holiday shopping, it’s the holiday returns. While I like to think that I’m usually spot on with my gift giving choices (pat, pat), there are times when I don’t hit the target and am faced with the dreaded return. That’s when a clever new app made for gift returns comes to the rescue. Unlike past times where I have stumbled upon random items I was supposed to return a couple months beyond when return policies are honored, returnguru will serve as my returns reminder and let me know exactly when...

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Sortable helps you compare the best cameras, phones, tablets and more. Coincidentally, we hear the holidays are coming up.

I’m already seeing commercials for holiday shopping which means that I should really start thinking about my gift list. (At least according to the marketers out there, ha). And here’s when great shopping comparison sites come in handy. I like the idea of a digital camera for one member of my family, but even from an initial search online, there are so many to choose from. I love this new site that makes narrowing it down way easier and more graphical than sorting through a bunch of stat-packed spreadsheets. Sortable provides pretty great advice on which camera is the...

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Slice – An essential app for the savvy online shopper

It only takes one trip to the mall with all four of my girls in tow for me to remember why I love online shopping so much. But between buying that box of diapers on Amazon, those cute shoes on The Mini Social and my cousin’s wedding present on Etsy, I’m suddenly drowning in order confirmation emails, shipping notices and tracking numbers. That’s why I’m pretty geeked out over this new-to-me website and partner app called Slice. By linking Slice with my email account it searches through (*cough* hundreds *cough*) of messages in my inbox to pull out those...

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Fab app gets a makeover

If you’re a Fab.com lover like we all are, you’re probably already making good use of their fabulous app every morning at 11 AM Eastern when you’re away from the computer. So we’re happy to see the Fab app has just been updated with some key features to make that vintage Westinghouse fan, cool handbag, or funky kids art arrive at your doorstep that much quicker. The most dramatic improvement is the search functionality; rather than wading through a huge list of products, you can now search by ‘shops,’ to look for specific items in categories like Art, Fitness,...

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6 tried + tested Black Friday apps to help you through the madness.

For the many of you who have made it a post-Thanksgiving tradition to do all your Christmas shopping on Black Friday thru Cyber Monday weekend, I salute you. I don’t even have enough energy after hosting Thanksgiving to pull one side of the wishbone, let alone get up a 4AM for doorbuster deals. For those of you brave enough to battle the crowds, I advise you to fully prepare for the madness by getting enough sleep, staying hydrated and downloading these six fabulous apps, some of which even help with the easier online shopping madness too. Shopkick  I recently...

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Getting rewarded for shopping? Sign me up

The other day, someone mentioned Christmas shopping and those two words alone left me in a cold sweat. How did it get to be this time of year already? For those of you who have started (and I commend you), we’ve found a phenomenal app for Android and iOS that rewards you simply for walking into stores. An app called Shopkick rewards you (by giving you “kickbucks”) for visiting stores like Best Buy, Crate & Barrel, Toys ‘R Us, West Elm, and my personal fave, Target. Accumulate enough to turn them into things like iTunes gift cards, restaurant vouchers,...

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Catalogues, without the paper

I have a deep and abiding love for catalogs, even more than for magazines; I can spend hours curled up with a pile of shiny catalogs, dog-earing pages and tearing out examples of how I want my life to look. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about, because you do. Thanks to the Internet, catalogs are starting to go the way of the dodo. Unless you’re using your Internet technology to access your favorite, tightly curated catalogs. Which is precisely what this fabulous new app lets you do. TheFind’s Catalogue app for iPad features virtual reproductions of 70...

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New shopping spree enabler! Call a support group!

I always used to look forward to catalogs appearing in my mailbox. Now that I am more eco-conscious (and busy), catalogs are like paper spam, or at best, something for my kids to cut up for art projects. While I still enjoy the experience of looking through a catalog, I find myself shopping online instead, but a new iPad app offers the best of both worlds with a catalog shopping experience in digital form. The interface of Catalog Spree is not only beautiful, but also provides a realistic page flipping experience for all sorts of store catalogs with the...

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I’ve seen the future and it is Mobile PayPal

It is a crazy, crazy world, when you can essentially wave your phone at another phone and poof, a payment has been made. And you know? That’s PayPal Mobile in a nutshell. Let’s just say if you’ve got an iPhone, Android or Blackberry, there’s really no reason not to make use of this app. It’s totally easy to download the app, or just go to m.paypal.com from your smartphone browser so you can grab a movie for the kids off iTunes, or put in the winning eBay bid while you’re slumming it at Starbucks. You can even manage your...

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An app to help you check for toy recalls before you check out

What’s more of a hassle than finding out that the crib you just bought, schlepped home, assembled, and finally got your newborn to fall asleep in has just been recalled by the CPSC? Well, a few things. But that’s up on the list for sure. Now there’s an easy app to help you make sure everything from the car seat to the candy you buy is supposed to be on those shelves in the first place. All Recalls is an amazing free app that gives a comprehensive overview of recalls from all the major monitoring organizations like the CPSC,...

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