With Thanksgiving just a week and a half away, it means that “Black Friday” is also just a week and a half away, and more importantly “Cyber Monday” is two weeks away. Within the past year, mobile shopping tools have really taken off. If you don’t have the budget to implement your own mobile shopping site, be sure to keep an eye on what other retailers are doing this year so you can invest wisely when you’re able to.
eBay.com has launched an iPhone-optimized site, as well an iPhone application that makes bidding super easy. No reason for sniping programs or worrying about missing an auction any longer. And if you don’t have an iPhone, no worries, eBay still has its old mobile site (http://m.ebay.com/).
Additionally, Amazon.com has already launched its own iPhone portal to make shopping easier for those “i” of you. The online retailers also launched TextBuyIt this past spring. This mobile site is an easy way to let your fingers do the shopping from a mobile handset. According to Amazon.com users can:
In less than a minute and using only text messages, Amazon.com customers can find the product they are looking for and complete a purchase using TextBuyIt. Simply send a text message to “AMAZON” (262966) with the name of the product, search term or a UPC or ISBN code, and, within seconds, Amazon replies with the product or products that match the search, along with prices. To buy an item, customers simply reply to the text message by entering the unique single digit number next to the item they want. Customers will then receive a short phone call from Amazon with the final details of their order and asking them to confirm or cancel the purchase.
Google Android users can also “Shop Savvy,” which is a new app from Big in Japan. This Google Android exclusive tool will let you scan in bar codes with your mobile phone camera, and then compare the prices online. While it still requires a trip to the store it ensures you can get the absolute best prices. But if you aren’t with the Android yet, there are other comparison shopping sites that include Barcle.com, a new mobile site that lets you enter a product’s 12-digit barcode to know other shops selling it, so you can still get that bargain. And there is also always Yahoo! Mobile Shopping.
If the traditional retailers are more your speed than the new Sears mobile site might be your thing. By texting “SHOP” to 73277 or logging onto the site at www.sears2go.com on a mobile handset phones or Blackberry customers can place orders, which can be picked up at local Sears stores or even have them delivered.