Social Shopping Tools November 15, 2010

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If you’ve got a smart phone, an iPad or love to shop online, you’ll be happy to know that technology has made this crazy time of year just a little easier to tackle.  Fanscape did some research and found some great resources to help make this holiday shopping season a little more manageable.

GIFTS HD App – $4.99 (iPad)

Gifts HD is an all-inclusive iPad application that helps you track, budget, and compare prices for your holiday shopping. One of the most outstanding features is the ability to shop within the Gifts HD application.  Simply tap on a gift that you have on your shopping list, and the app will launch a built-in browser and open up Google Shopper. You can add an unlimited amount of people to your list and assign multiple gifts and budgets for each person.

HOLIDAY GIFT LIST App – $1.99 (iPhone/iTouch)

If the idea of a holiday gift list app is what you’re looking for but don’t own an iPad, check out Holiday Gift List for iPhone and iPod touch. It’s a wonderfully simple application that helps you keep track of the gift purchases and even has password protection to keep prying eyes out!

GOOGLE SHOPPER App – Free (Android)

The Google Shopper application for the Android smart phone has neat features such as the ability to scan book or CD covers, scan barcodes, search by voice, check online prices, find local store locations, and receive detailed product information. When it comes to shopping on the go, the Google Shopper application has just about everything you’ll need in one convenient place.

CHRISTMAS LIST PRO App – $1.99 (Android)

Christmas List Pro is a great looking and well-designed application that helps easily maintain shopping lists and keep track of what you bought for whom. There is also a non-pro version of this app with a few less features.

SHOPSAVVY App – Free (Android/iPhone)

ShopSavvy is a great little tool that you will find yourself using everywhere you go. Using the camera on your phone to scan barcodes, the ShopSavvy application will locate the item online or even find it in a nearby store. See the perfect gift?  All you have to do is scan the barcode and the application will instantly show you where to buy it and who has the lowest price!

MOBIQPONS App – Free (Android/iPhone/BlackBerry)

You’ve created your shopping list of who you’re buying gifts for and you’ve picked out the best stores out there, there’s only one thing left to ask: Can I get a deal? The MobiQpons application helps you find out. Type in the store name you’re going to and see if any coupons are available. If there are, you can either print them out or simply display your phone to the cashier to redeem!

MACY’S FACEBOOK

The Macy’s Facebook page is your one stop place for everything Macy’s related this holiday season. Not only does the retailer actively engage customers through their page and post many different deals and sales on their wall, but they have also incorporated product reviews and a fashion trend video right into their Facebook page.

BEST BUY FACEBOOK

On the Best Buy Facebook page, they make it easy to begin your holiday shopping. Key features include a store locator and the ability to share particular items of interest with your friends via Facebook postings.  Want to place some strategic hints about that plasma you’ve been eyeing, this is the place to do it.

SEARS FACEBOOK AND SOCIAL SHOPPING SITE

“Like” Sears on Facebook and you’ll be entered to win one of their weekly gift card drawings. Click on their “Wish Book” tab to play their Wish Book game for a chance to win one of 24 prizes! Also, Sears just launched their “social shopping site” which is one part product catalogue and one part social media network.

WISHLIST.COM

At a loss on what to get the person who has everything? What about helping out the people who are shopping for you?  Check out WishList.com. It’s pretty simple really – sign up and start creating your gifting wish list, then share with your friends, family, co-workers or anyone who might be thinking of getting you a gift.  WishList offers a mobile version as well, so anyone with a web-enabled smartphone can access the site while on the go.

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