Shopping online is already quite difficult. If you want the best deal, you usually check out a couple of websites. This is where price comparison sites, tools, and apps can help.
These are specialized tools and search engines that will do all the hard work for you. They will compare prices for a specific product across all popular and niche retailers so you can get the best deals every time.
Google is already one of the best search tools on the Internet as well. And with Google Shopping, Google provides its entire experience to help you find the best deals. Google Shopping has a separate landing page where you can explore offers or search for something specific.
Google Shopping will show you relevant search results, with the best deals highlighted at the top. You can click a product to view additional information such as product details and reviews. Like Google Flights, you can track product prices if you expect prices to drop.
Google Shopping has a price comparison feature that lists prices from all websites that Google has removed to collect data (you’ll likely find all the popular shopping sites here).
If you are an avid user of Google services, you should try integrating Google Shopping into a warehouse. You can search for products, save them for later, track their prices and track offers so you can shop when prices and times are right.
ShopSavvy is designed for mobile shoppers and is great for both online and offline shopping. ShopSavvy helps you shop offline using their barcode scanner. When it comes to online shopping, the in-app price comparison tool can help you get the best deals.
After scanning the barcode, you can see the price of the product in various online stores and in nearby stores.
You can search for products directly in the app and save them for later. The app will notify you when prices drop.
BuyVia is another mobile-centric price comparison app with community and bargain search features. BuyVia will show you a carefully curated list of the top 10 deals of the day from popular retailers like Amazon, Target and more.
You can also find suggestions posted by community members. And that’s in addition to the price comparison features you’d expect from shopping apps. You can search and save products in the app, as well as compare prices in different stores right in the app.
Shopbrain is a popular price comparison tool designed to work on the web (using a Chrome or Safari extension) or smartphones (using iPhone and Android apps).
The Shopbrain browser extension works automatically and helps you find prices from various popular retailers. The Shopbrain expansion is fast and well designed, but its list of supported retailers leaves a lot to be desired.
Although the app says it shows prices from retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, eBay, Google Shopping, and more, we weren’t able to get consistent results from Best Buy and eBay in our tests (while some other tools from that list worked fine).
PriceBlink is a longtime player in the price comparison website segment and has been gaining traction since 2010. The website functions as a coupon search engine. But what will interest you is the PriceBlink extension for Chrome and Firefox.
The PriceBlink extension displays a banner at the top of the website when it finds offers for the product you are currently viewing. And in our experience, we almost always find a better deal.
PriceBlink has an extensive library of sources and shows results from eBay, Newegg, Best Buy, Office Depot, Amazon, Adorama and more.
Honey is one of the most popular money saving tools online. The Honey extension has helped users save over a billion dollars by applying coupons and finding discounts at different stores.
While Honey is popular for its coupons, it has a sophisticated price tracking tool built into its extension and website.
The extension is powered by Amazon. It will tell you if you are looking for a better deal or a cheaper alternative is available.
After registering on the honey price comparison site, you will be able to search for products. Honey will then show you search results for many popular and niche retailers. Honey here throws a rather wide net. You will find results in places like eBay and small stores like Factory Outlet Store.
Amazon Assistant is the perfect shopping companion for Amazon Prime users. If you primarily shop on Amazon, you can use this extension to instantly get the price of any product on Amazon.
When you visit a product page on the Internet (or even when you search for a product on the Internet), Amazon Assistant gets to work.
If the product is available on Amazon, you will see a sliding bar on the right showing the product’s Amazon price as well as price history (Amazon’s price tracking feature is quite useful for finding bargains if you can wait a bit).
For international users
Most of the tools and extensions we mentioned above work with international versions of popular retail websites (they should work with Amazon UK, Australia, etc.).
But if you’re looking for specialized non-US price comparison websites (for example, if you’re planning to import something), consider the following options.
PriceRunner is one of the best price comparison sites for UK users. He has a wide range of suppliers (he lists them for free). Since the website takes no commission, their recommendations are easier to believe.
The website also features a modern design with features such as product details, price history, price cut alerts, and product reviews.
On the website, you can search for products and display prices in different stores. One of the things that differentiates ShopBot from others is that it offers its own expert reviews of many products.
BizRate doesn’t have as many retailers as some of the websites mentioned above. But it makes up for that by bringing high-quality results to the surface and offering additional features. Along with the price alert function, you will also find the option to easily download the PDF manual for many gadgets.
What is your preferred price comparison method before buying online? Share your best deals with us in the comments below!