Having worked in retail what seems like a lifetime ago, I’m all too familiar with the stress and chaos of Black Friday. I’ve seen first-hand people camping out in front of stores days in advance, losing their cool when they realize they’re not going to get the coveted “doorbuster” item, and just generally being in a sleep-deprived, foul mood in order to chase down the hottest deals of the year.
Surely there’s a better way! There’s always Cyber Monday, of course – the online equivalent that follows Black Friday that doesn’t require sleeping bags or space heaters. Regardless of whether you’re looking to chase down deals on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or any day of the year for that matter, here’s a list of must-have web and mobile apps for hunting down the best bargains.
Black Friday Breakdown: Dealnews.com and the Black Friday App
Deal aggregator site Dealnews.com is a great place to start your trek towards savings. It has an exhaustive list of stores and their ads up several days before Black Friday itself. They’re also powering the Black Friday App, available on both iOS and Android, which lets you view all the Black Friday deals, save a shopping list, and get directions to nearby stores. All of the basics you need for a successful Black Friday in your pocket!
Showrooming with Style: SnapTell, Amazon, Google Googles
Much to the chagrin of the big box retailers, a common practice among shoppers today is what’s known as “showrooming,” or using a physical store simply to compare products or see them in person before buying online. Now, the economics of the big box model versus an increasingly online-minded shopper are a debate for another day. However, there are several mobile apps out there that are making it easier than ever to engage in a little showrooming of your own.
Several apps, including SnapTell, Amazon Mobile, and Google Goggles allow you to scan a barcode or snap a picture of an object in a store and instantly see it online. You can compare prices across the internet (and right in front of you, of course) with a quick picture!
- Download SnapTell ( iTunes, Google Play)
- Download Amazon Mobile (iTunes, Google Play)
- Download Google Goggles (iTunes, Google Play)
Deals in 140 Characters or Less: Twitter
For the casual or uninitiated Twitter user, it may not be immediately apparent why the social media site made it onto my list; after all, a search for “Black Friday” is going to return a lot of noise and sponsored tweets more than any actual useful information.
However, with a little legwork, Twitter can be a go-to source for deals all throughout the year and especially for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For starters, there are a ton of useful Twitter accounts dedicated solely to tweeting out the biggest deals of the day. Here are just a few:
After that, you can organize those accounts into a Twitter list, giving yourself a centralized, aggregated stream of the biggest and best bargains to be had! Best of all, you can access this List from the web or your twitter app of choice, so odds are you’re already equipped for mobile deal hunting.
What are your must-have shopping apps this holiday? Share them in the comments!
Image Credits: Dave Wilson, Google