A lot of shopping happens in the online arena these days, and it’s not hard to see why. For one thing, it’s far more convenient to peruse photo spreads of goods than it is to locate items while pawing through racks in a store. And there’s no physical travel involved; you simply let your fingers do the walking, saving you tons of time that would normally be spent slogging through traffic, circling the parking lot, and waiting in line for dressing rooms and cash registers. In addition, you can often find items for a lot cheaper than you’d pay in-store thanks to online outlets and coupon codes. But up until recently the online shopping experience has been confined to your computer, and thus your home. As it happens, however, there are now several apps that allow you to shop from anywhere via mobile devices like your iPhone or iPad. And the best of the best are linked to two shopping sites you’re probably already familiar with.
Both Google Shopper and Amazon Mobile offer a vast forum for shoppers seeking goods for themselves or gifts for others. And now they each have an attendant application for your favorite handheld device that makes it easier than ever to shop on the go. You might be scratching your head over this one; if you want to shop “on the go”, why wouldn’t you simply go to a store? There are a couple of reasons. First, most stores sell only select goods, while you can find all sorts of items in one place when using Google or Amazon. If you wanted jeans, Cheerios, and a sport bike, they can all be found in one simple shopping excursion. In addition, many stores sell only their own name brand, whereas you can do price comparisons across several brands with a tap of the finger when you use online shopping options. So the only real question remaining is which app is better suited to your shopping needs: Google or Amazon?
In truth, the two apps are very similar. Both are free to download and come with features like search functionality, user reviews, and the ability to purchase products from your smartphone or tablet. But it seems that Google has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. For one thing, if you find an item while out shopping you can take a photo of the package cover or scan the barcode to search for the product online (to read reviews, find alternatives, and potentially secure a better price). You can also save lists of goods you’re interested in for later reference and even share items with friends.
Amazon, however, may be a bit more limited in scope because they make deals with vendors to sell their goods. But in all honesty you can probably find just about any item you’re seeking with their vast array of options. In addition, their interface is extremely user-friendly and it provides access to your current account so that you can see anything saved in your shopping cart and use whatever payment option you already have stored on your account with a simple click here command. Both apps provide you with a multitude of options when it comes to shopping, and each makes it easy for you to carry out your shopping in an efficient manner. So you’ll simply have to decide whether you’d rather support Google Shopper or Amazon Mobile. Both apps are fantastic.
Thanks to Evan Fischer for this guest post. He is a freelance writer and part-time student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.