Coupons and Codes Are Just Two Ways to Save on Websites for Mobile Phones
In case you are trying to figure out just why people seem to love to shop using their mobile phones, it usually boils down to money and time. A few years ago, shopping for deals was mostly a game, but today it is a way of life. We try to save gas when we shop, use coupons when they are available, and we love “two can eat for the price of one” deals. Mobile phone websites are where all of these ways to save plus more are available.
Jayne O’Donnell has a story in this issue of Sci-Tech Today about using Mobile Phone Apps (applications or little programs on your mobile phone) to save, sometimes really big amounts. Like us, she strongly believes in Mobile and how it can empower consumers while they shop.
Enjoy some of her Tips for shopping in the excerpt below. By all means, feel free to share with all your friends and family members.
It seems as if one new — or at least, improved —mobile shopping app is being introduced every day as the holiday season gets closer. While mobile sites compress retailers’ websites so they fit on phone and tablet screens, apps offer more features and functions. But credit experts warn that a minute of boredom can turn into a big credit card bill.
Jim Langehennig set out last Black Friday to get a popular HDTV with a great advertised price. When the Consumer Reports electronics lab manager got to the store, however, it was sold out.
Another model had an unadvertised special, but Langehennig didn’t want to buy it without checking the reviews. But he didn’t have the magazine’s app or mobile Relevant Products/Services site loaded on his new phone. So he drove 30 miles home to use his computer Relevant Products/Services. Fortunately, the other TV was still at the store when he got back.
“It would have been great to have the app right there in front of me,” Langehennig says. Shopping and doing research on the fly can really pay off during the holiday season, especially when smartphones and tablets are used to compare prices and check product reviews.
But credit expert Gerri Detweiler says there also can be a downside to shopping with your mobile device Relevant Products/Services.
“We can always be in shopping mode,” warns Detweiler, co-author of Reduce Debt, Reduce Stress. “A minute of boredom can turn into a big credit card bill.”
It seems as if one new — or at least, improved —mobile shopping app is being introduced every day as the holiday season gets closer. While mobile sites compress retailers’ websites so they fit on phone and tablet Relevant Products/Services screens, apps Relevant Products/Services offer more features and functions. It could be tempting for shoppers to fill their phones with apps and do much of their research and even purchases on the go. The best ones for each consumer will vary by favorite stores and choice of mobile device.
But everyone should have at least one price comparison app. EBay’s Red Laser and Amazon’s Price Check are good choices. Kevin Sterneckert, director of retail research for the technology advisory company Gartner Relevant Products/Services Group, prefers Price Check because he can get product specifications, prices of used items and reviews, along with new prices.
Red Laser, which is available on iPhones and Android Relevant Products/Services-based phones, now has a 3.0 version available that also includes mobile express checkout using PayPal and bar-code scanning that lets users buy for either in-store pick-up or home delivery. Toys R Us is the only retailer with which this now works, but more stores are expected soon. Current users have to re-download Red Laser to get this version.
Price-comparison software Relevant Products/Services company Digital Folio plans to launch a mobile app in time for the holidays that it says will be the only shopping app tied to your computer browser. It lets you compare prices from five major retailers, then stores the results in one place; with the mobile app, you could access Relevant Products/Services the research from your home computer.
Some other tips to help you shop smartly with your mobile device:
Limit the number of shopping-related apps you download. “Definitely don’t overload yourself, because you likely won’t use those 10 apps,” says Dan Shust, innovation director at the digital marketing agency Resource Interactive. Six or so key ones are probably all you’ll need, recommends Sterneckert.
Consider an app to keep track of your receipts, no small task at the holidays. Shust recommends Lemon, which does a quick scan of receipts and keeps them organized on your phone.
Many apps let you keep your holiday shopping lists handy, a big plus if you want to avoid overspending.
Stick with store apps that truly add utility. Among other things, Home Depot’s will scan QR bar codes in the store and pull up reviews of products you’re considering.
“Do I care that Justin Bieber has a song I can download? No,” says Kasey Lobaugh, who heads online, mobile and in-store retail at consulting firm Deloitte. But it’s another story if an app gets him a 20%-off coupon the first time he checks in at the store. Retailers including PacSun and North Face have apps that will send you deals when the GPS Relevant Products/Services notices you’re nearby. Geo fencing, as it’s known, can be great if you’ve been waiting for something to go on sale, especially at stores such as North Face that seldom have markdowns.
But Detweiler warns it’s also a way for stores to “get inside your head and get you to buy something that may not be in your best financial interest.“
Using Mobile Apps and Websites for Mobile Phones Can Be an Addictive Way to Shop
It can become as, or more, seductive to “get a deal” as it does to obtain something you need or want. You’ll know you are in real trouble when “the deal” becomes more important that the purchase. Savvy marketers know the shopping patterns of mobile users. Mobile shoppers act with more urgency, usually an incredibly high percentage of them, in under 24 hours. Just remember to keep your head on your shoulders and to only buy what you really need and want.
Jayne’s entire story about websites for mobile phones and mobile shopping with apps is here….