EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - We've all been there. We're inside a store, looking at an item we want to buy, but wonder whether we could get it cheaper somewhere else. Now, you can find out without out ever leaving the store because now, there's an app for that.
"Now you can actually be in the store and do online comparison shopping. And see if it's cheaper across the street or across town." said tech expert Dan Ackerman.
One app called "Shopsavvy": and another called "Redlaser" turn your smartphone's camera into a barcode scanner. Just point click and seconds later the app shows you how much the product is selling for at nearby stores.
If you're looking for a cd, book or dvd with the "Snap Tel App" you don't even need the bar code! Just snap a picture of the cover and the app will tell you if it's cheaper somewhere else!
"You save money - whenever you can save money - that's good." said Mercedes Salas. She uses the apps on her smartphone.
But if you're not in a store, there are apps that can find discounts nearby, Even Facebook has one -- click on places, check in -- and stores that are having a sale are marked with a yellow tab.
There's another app called "Shopkick" that brings the bargains to you. Some of the big retailers are using this. As soon as you walk into their store, the app starts sending discount offers right to your phone! And you can find out more about a big ticket item by taking a picture of this symbol.
"If you scan one of those it will take you to a detailed website that has a detailed product page for that exact item." said Ackerman.
Than half of all smartphone users say they plan to use their devices to navigate the busy holiday season twice as many as last year. Almost all the apps are free and many popular stores also provide their own free apps that tell shoppers about current deals and discounts.
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