June 05, 2007

Save money while shopping

Ever go shopping and see something that looks like a good deal? You decide to buy the item and take it home. Later that day, you see the exact same thing for about 20% less somewhere else. However, you've already unwrapped and installed/used the item in question, so you're pretty much screwed.

Well, be screwed no longer (except for, umm, in the good way). I give you Frucall. Excerpt:

"It seems like a great deal, but maybe it's cheaper somewhere else?" I've said those words a lot, maybe not out loud but certainly in my head. The thing I love about shopping online is that I can instantly see if something is cheaper at another store. But, when you're out and about, how do you do the same thing? How do you keep your advantage? Well, if you take your cell phone with you, FruCall may just be the answer.


FruCall works off a very simple premise - barcodes. Almost every product has one. And if you were smart enough to set up a database, matching products to every published price available, well you'd have a database with which to comparison shop, just like the online sites we all use. FruCall has such a database.
The automated voice takes a little getting used to. It's a cross between a human and a speak 'n' spell. But once you get used to her strange voice, you soon get the lowdown on the bargains out there. She'll tell you the price range of the item you're currently looking at, new and used, and where to buy it. So, if you see a cool TV for $1000 and find out someone else has that same TV for $800, not only do you know of the deal, you can actually order it right there and then through your cell phone. You can also use the service using text messages and mWeb. Handy.

Did I mention that the Frucall account is free? Now go forth and save money.

Posted by Physics Geek at June 5, 2007 10:31 AM | TrackBack StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!

cool beans

Posted by: vw bug at June 5, 2007 02:36 PM