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You Can Shop for Anything from Your iPhone or iPad

Using specialized apps available from the App Store, you can shop for just about anything that’s available for sale online, including real estate, new and used cars, boats, major appliances, clothing, jewelry, and shoes.

For example, if you’re shopping for a new home, visit the App Store and within the Search field, enter the search phrase “Real Estate.” You’ll discover apps like REALTOR.com, Zillow, Homes.com, RE/MAX, and Coldwell Banker Real Estate that will allow you to begin shopping for a new home and see what’s available virtually anywhere.

Likewise, if you’re shopping for a new car, enter the search phrase “Car Shopping” into the App Store’s Search field to discover apps from Edmonds, Cars.com, iAutoShopping, as well as a handful of popular car manufacturers.

If you need a new pair of shoes, but you’re too busy to visit a mall, there’s an app for that, too. The Zappos Mobile or Shoes.com app allows you to shop for brand name and designer shoes. You can also shop for clothing and shoes using the proprietary apps from Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, JCPenney, Kohl’s, HSN Shop, or other popular merchants.

Find the Lowest Prices…Fast

Once you know exactly what you’re shopping for, there are a handful of price comparison websites, like Nextag.com, that allow you to find local or online-based vendors selling that item for a lower price. From your iPhone or iPad, you can use the free Nextag Shopping app for this purpose.

One great feature of this app is that using the camera that’s built into your iOS device, as you’re shopping in a retail store, you can photograph a product or its bar code, and the app will identify it and help you find a lower price elsewhere for that exact item. You can even set up the app to alert you when the item goes on sale.

Using the iPhone or iPad’s built-in camera, the free PriceGrabber, Price Check By Amazon, and/or Barcode Scanner apps also allow you to “scan” any product’s bar code while you’re in a store, and quickly find local or online-based competitors that are selling the identical item for less money and that have it in stock. These apps work with millions of items and products, from major appliances and consumer electronics, to clothing items and home goods.

By becoming a savvy shopper using your iPhone or iPad, not only can you avoid paying full retail prices for just about anything you want or need, you’ll be able to save hundreds or perhaps thousands of dollars per year, depending on what you purchase. Plus, you’ll enjoy the convenience of being able to shop anytime and anywhere from your iOS mobile device.

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