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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to shop with your own personal assistant? While you may assume that's something that only the rich and famous do, the app begs to differ. This one can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and helps you to find all the best deals so that you never overpay for an item again.

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The way it works is that you scan the barcodes of items and then the app checks online retailers to discover who has it for the cheapest price. Shopping has never been easier, or more cost-effective. Think about how many times you’ve picked up an item only to discover the next day that you could have bought it cheaper at another store. The last thing you feel like doing is returning the original item, and then having to go to the other store to get it at the cheaper price. You could have spared yourself the trouble, and the running around by consulting with the app first.


Put the Shopping Assistant to Work

The app is one of those that have a simple concept and design yet, manages to be incredibly effective. Sometimes the best ideas are those that are simple and straight to the point. Once you scan the barcode of an item the app begins to search through a variety of online stores. It has access to thousands of stores, which means it will do a much better job than you running around or spending hours online searching. It’s even able to search through eBay in case the best deal happens to be located there. Sure your savings may not be huge each and every time, but more often than not you’ll end up coming out ahead and over time the savings will really rack up.

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Now keep in mind, this is just meant as a pricing tool. You won't actually be able to buy anything through this app, but you can use the information to then go online to the cheapest retailer and make the purchase there. It’s meant to offer information in a fast and convenient way.

It's not just online stores though you can also opt to view where the product is located near you. Maybe you don't want to wait for an item to be shipped, not a problem. It’s all about making the shopping process easy for you. It should also be noted this app doesn't just work in the U.S. as it also supports retailers in Germany, France, the U.K., and Australia.

Not Ready to Buy?

Another cool feature of the app is that the developers understood just because you are looking up prices, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ready to buy right this moment. For that reason, they created a Favorites section where you can save items for later. Sometimes, when shopping for a big ticket item you want to take your time and really look over all the features, so why not save your top choices for you to review before making the purchase. Now, what should happen if a price goes down even further after you've saved it? You'll get a push notification right away so that you can jump on that sale before it's too late.

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This is a relatively new release and is a first from the developer Michael Duffy. It's evident the developer took his time with this one in order to offer something that makes sense, is convenient, and effective. The fact it's free for users makes it all the more attractive.


The Shopping Experience

When you launch the app, you'll appreciate how simple things are. There are no ads in the app and moving around is simple and without issues. Other features worth noting are the fact you can share deals on social media to alert your friends and family of great offers, you can read product reviews on items from shoppers just like you, and there are voucher codes available on some products so that you can use them to get in-store discounts.

Scanning the barcode can be a bit finicky, but this is the case with many apps that require you to scan an item. It's just a matter of getting used to lining it up properly on the screen. There is a guide on the screen to help you. Once the product has been found, you'll be able to read the details about it, reviews if there are any, and view pricing in your local currency. This app of course works on your mobile devices, but also works on your computer so you can use it at home if you like. If you are a mixed platform household, not to worry because it works with Android and iOS devices. This also means your notifications will be sent across all your devices.

Just be prepared that when you are doing searches you can literally end up with hundreds of results so sometimes it can take a while to go through things. You can also perform a manual search if you prefer. The top categories include home and garden, computers, flowers and gifts, electronics, kids and family, video gaming, and more.

Pros and Cons


  • The app streamlines the shopping process
  • Scan the barcode to get instant details, product reviews, and pricing on the item
  • The app searches through thousands of online retailers
  • Manually search for items if you prefer
  • Save items to your Favorites list for later
  • Receive push notifications to alert you of price drops on items saved
  • Share items/deals by social media


  • Results can be quite extensive so it may take a while to go through them all
  • The user interface is very basic without many features

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a way to get your shopping done faster, easier, and at a lower cost, then the app is certainly worth checking out. You’ll have no problem with navigating the app and the fact that results are instantaneous makes this a great option for casual or avid shoppers.

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Tonya Costoff Medeiros

Tonya is an avid freelance writer who enjoys exploring the depths of iOS apps. In addition to breaking down the latest apps, Tonya also has a lengthy background in travel writing.