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7 Apps for Finding Stuff Online

Ever since eBay burst onto the scene in 1995, the Internet has become the #1 destination for deal-makers and bargain hunters from all over the world. Offering everything from cars and electronics to fine wine and vacations, the Internet is home to thousands of sites connecting a multitude of eager buyers and willing sellers.

But you don’t have to be sitting in front of a computer to find that affordable Cartier watch or those second-hand golf clubs. Web sites both big and small have embraced smartphone technology and super-fast mobile networks to make online trading available wherever you might be.

So, if you’re in the mood for tracking down a few bargains, don’t wait until you get home. Pull out your smartphone and download those apps that can help you find what you’re looking for. Here are a few of our favorites:

Craigslist Mobile

Often described as the Wild West of Internet buying and selling, Craigslist is still the place to go for local deals and those obscure items that you can’t find anywhere else. Craigslist Mobile allows buyers to browse and search the listings, offering previews and thumbnail photos, while sellers can post directly from a smartphone without the need to log in or register. Direct dial and camera functions add to the ease of use without jeopardizing privacy preferences.

Platform: iOS, Android
Price: Free


The daddy of all Internet auction sites, eBay also has one of the most comprehensive mobile apps. Buyers can browse, search and bid with a couple of taps, while sellers can add a listing in just seconds. eBay provides notifications of outstanding offers, new listings, or if you are being outbid, and you can also complete transactions with secure payments and track your shipments. The US mobile app is also optimized for car-sellers, with VIN recognition, a parts database, and more.

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry
Price: Free

Amazon Mobile

The Amazon Mobile app allows users to browse listings, compare prices, read reviews, share products with friends, make purchases, and everything else you expect from the #1 shopping web site. You can use the barcode scanner to check the price and availability of any item when you are out shopping, and all your settings are synced for easy ordering. Amazon Mobile also provides Gold Box Deals, Deal of the Day, and recommendations based on your shopping history.

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry
Price: Free

Google Shopper

Google Shopper lets you search and browse information on millions of different products. You can use the barcode reader to compare prices when you are shopping, and access reviews and videos to help with your purchasing decisions. You can save items for later or buy them right away. All products and purchases can be shared with friends for a more social shopping experience.

Platform: iOS, Android
Price: Free

Yellow Pages

Remember the Yellow Pages directories that used to land with a thud on your doorstep? Well, they have now moved online are available on-the-go through the Yellow Pages app. With over 80 million listings, including everything from bars to Broadway theaters, you are certain to find what you’re looking for. You can narrow your search by distance, and most listings include descriptions, ratings, links to web sites, and directions.

Platform: iOS, Android
Price: Free

Shopping by TheFind

Shopping by TheFind allows you to browse hundreds of online catalogs from your favorite stores and then guarantees you the lowest price by checking Price Match offers from the big retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Toys “R” Us and Target. You can find your item by scanning barcodes or QR codes, and TheFind gives you instant access to thousands of online coupons to make sure your final price search is as low as it can be.

Platform: iOS, Android
Price: Free

Newegg Mobile

Newegg is a popular online destination for consumer electronics, sporting goods, accessories and more, and the Newegg Mobile app allows you to find everything on-the-go. Each listing features detailed product specifications, an image gallery, customer reviews, and click-through purchasing options. You can search by category, brand or price point, and set up notifications for daily deals.

Platform: iOS, Android
Price: Free

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