Over recent decades there have been so many advancements and innovations in technology that we can now live life on our smartphones or tablets. There is not much you cannot do over the internet, and shopping is one of the areas that has been embraced by the smartphone and tablet user. There is a multitude of apps for shopping, so what are the top six you should be looking at?
Before we Start
Whenever you're using an app that involves spending real money, it's important to make sure your personal data and transactions are secure. There are several things people do to secure their identity. You can use a VPN (Virtual Private Network), make sure you only download apps from trusted sources, and ensure your antivirus protection is up to date.
One area that sadly leaves many people vulnerable is passwords. Remembering so many passwords can be a problem, so lots of people tend to use the same ones over and over again. Once one site or app is compromised, cybercriminals potentially have access to many more of your accounts. To avoid becoming a victim of this you can use a password manager, which creates complicated passwords for each log-in and also stores all of them in encrypted format. All you have to do is use the master password in the password manager. There are many different password manager apps, including a built-in Chrome option and LastPass, about which you can read read here.
Whatever brand or item you are looking for, you are likely to find it on ShopStyle. It connects you to over 18 million products from several different brands and retailers, but all in one place. You can browse the pages to see if anything takes your eye, or put a specific item in the search engine to narrow the choice down. The brand says that if it’s on sale anywhere online, you will find it at ShopStyle.
A lack of funds can stop you buying that special item for someone you care about. The RealReal app specializes in pre-owned luxury items, sometimes saving you as much as 90 percent off the full retail price. You can choose from fashion items, jewelry, watches and fine art, and have them shipped to 61 different countries.
Most people know there is not much you cannot find on Amazon, but their app lets you browse even while on the move, including giving you access to all the reviews of the goods. It is a very user-friendly app that will keep you busy for hours.
It is surprisingly difficult to send a gift from the US to Canada, and vice versa, but Giftogram has it sorted. This very neat app takes care of all the logistics. All you need to do is choose the gift and then provide the email or phone number of the recipient. Giftogram will do the rest.
Many people are already familiar with the online marketplace of Etsy, but this app makes it even easier to navigate. For handmade gifts and items out of the ordinary, the Etsy app is the place to browse.
Shopbop lets you browse over 800 fashion labels while on the move. From your high street favorites to high end designers, you can easily save your finds by clicking on the heart icon. As an added bonus, an Amazon Prime accounts get you free two-day shipping.
Other Brilliant Shopping Apps
These six shopping apps are some of the best around, but there is no end of other brilliant apps that will let you shop while on the move. Traders have realized just how much extra business an app can produce, so these days most retailers have an app as well as their online store. Remember, make sure you trust the source of any app you download before you use it to buy products!