7 Mobile Apps Helping Customers Shop Smarter

Which mobile apps are helping consumers shop smarter — either online or while in the store?

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

 

1. AisleBuyer

AisleBuyer combines mobile self-checkout with intelligent shopper functionality: product barcode scanning that returns information, customer reviews, and recommendations. AisleBuyer uses a consumer’s shopping history to deliver coupons, offers, and discounts, and it stores users’ receipts and shopper loyalty cards.

- DC Fawcett, Paramount Digital Publishing

2. RedLaser

RedLaser is a great go-to app for all in-store shopping. You can scan about anything that has a bar code, and the app informs you whether there’s a better price on the item and where it can be found. Its available for all mobile phones. You can make purchases directly through the app, and it even provides ingredient/allergen information on food products.

- Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

3. ShopWell

ShopWell is one of my favorites: it’s an app that helps you find healthier alternatives and smarter swaps for popular products at the grocery store…plus, it’s pretty, too!

- Derek Flanzraich, Greatist

4. Decide

Known as the crystal ball for shopping, Decide mobile has been an online web tool for electronics, computers, TVs, cameras, and appliances. They now have a mobile app out for iPhone to predict pricing wherever you are. It will base off of trends in price changes (lows and highs) with graphs to determine the best time to buy.

- Lane Sutton, Social Media from a Teen

5. Shopkick

Shopkick is a great app; not only is it free, but this mobile app uses your geolocation information to hook you up with cash-back rewards programs. You can earn points, or kicks, just for checking in, and then cash those points in for gift cards and movie vouchers. It’s a win-win for businesses and consumers.

- John Hall, Digital Talent Agents

6. Google Goggles

While there are probably newer solutions out there, I still use Google Goggles to scan bar codes at the store, read reviews, and compare prices at other stores close by. Works great!

- Sean Ogle, Location 180, LLC

7. Amazon’s Price Check

Amazon’s Price Check app has the potential to save consumers a significant amount of money by al lowing them to scan a product’s barcode in-store to see if they can buy it for cheaper on Amazon. Aside from the cost savings, getting on-demand reviews can help customers make a much more intelligent buying decision

- Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches

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