The Internet may have a lofty reputation as the first truly democratic medium, teeming with untold bits of important data just waiting to be snatched up by eager minds. But a lot of people just want to shop. Yes, the Internet is as much known for commerce as anything else, and never in the history of the world has the act of making purchases been easier or more convenient. And just as there are many online retailers, so too are there many online deals. So many, in fact, that it would be impossible to even scratch the surface of online discounts by going page by page through search engine results. So with that in mind, here are the best online shopping discount and deal apps in 2013.
Hukkster – free
Billing itself as a “personal shopping concierge,” Hukkster is the perfect virtual assistant for those who don’t like paying full price for anything – which is everyone in this day and age. The app features a bright and easy layout that tracks a variety of products and offers alerts the moment said item goes on sale. Users of this app can create fully customized lists and receive coupons as well.
Kaleidoscope – free
This option looks to be catnip for fashionistas, as it offers countless current photos of street style, runway shows, blogging news – all geared to keep the user abreast of the latest worldwide fashion trends. As for the discounts, the app can locate a wide variety of clothing options on sale and provide the user with the cheapest options.
Shopkick — free
This useful option takes advantage of the mobile device’s internal GPS in order to provide an immersive deal-hunting experience. The app is based around a points system with users earning “kicks” anytime they merely walk into a participating retailer, such as Macy’s or Target. They then receive additional kicks for using the app’s scanner to scan in certain products, and actual purchases result in more points. Users can then redeem these kicks for a variety of rewards. Shopkick also offers lists of discounts and deals.
RetailMeNot – free
This app endeavors to let the user know whenever there is a coupon or discount within sight. And it’s pretty successful. Users of this app can get the location of the mall nearest to them as well as any discounts on offer in the stores. They can then redeem these store savings right from the app. They can even use it to print out in-store coupons. RetailMeNot also provides deal alerts as well as expiration alerts for those coupons the user already has on file. But probably the best feature is that the app itself comes up with daily promo codes people can apply when purchasing clothes, food, entertainment and more.
Like the deals and discounts these apps help consumers find, this list of apps merely scratches the surface. Indeed, there are many more mobile apps out there, but the above options represent a good cross section of options that should prove helpful to the intrepid shopper for the foreseeable future.
Robert Langdon is a professional blogger that writes for GreatDeals.com. Great Deals offers thousands of deals at hundreds of retailers across the web.