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May 22, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 11:28am

5 best online shopping apps for mobile

Pick up a bargain with these must-have downloads.

By Vinod

Mobile commerce is set to be one of the next big technology industry trends, as consumers switch away from traditional browsing methods to shop on the go. Big brands are investing heavily in creating interesting and interactive mobile apps, but what tools should you use whilst bargain-hunting? Here are some of our favourites…

Barcode scanner

Barcode Scanner

One of the most useful tools around, Barcode Scanner allows you to read reviews and compare the price of a product across different shops just by scanning its barcode. The app can also read QR codes, which often link to brand websites or online stores.

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CheckoutSmart aims to make your shopping more rewarding by letting you potentially earn hundreds of pounds a year in rewards from your favourite brands. All you have to do is take a photo of your supermarket receipt from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, Aldi or Lidl and upload it to CheckoutSmart, who will reward you with loyalty points or cold hard cash.


Amazon Local

Amazon Local

Amazon Local lets customers search and find deals in their local area as well as national chains and online stores. Including restaurants, spas, events, travel getaways, and electric goods, the app allows you to quickly download and buy deals or vouchers using your phone.



If you’re hunting for a bargain, Vouchercloud should be one of your top apps. Once you’ve inputted your location, the app will provide you with a wide range of deals and money-off vouchers for big name brands close to you which you can redeem using your phone. Whether shopping for food, clothes or just a night at the cinema, Vouchercloud should be able to get you a better deal.



Finally, the daddy of online shopping. Originally foudned in 1995, eBay has grown to become the world’s most popular auction site, where it seems you can buy just about anything. Most top brands now have dedicated eBay pages now to sell their goods, letting you shop with the names you trust alongside second-hand items, so you’re sure to find what you’re after.



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