Yesterday I went shopping with my two grandsons. They had received some Best Buy gift cards as Christmas presents and those gift cards had been “burning a hole” in their pockets ever since.
The oldest grandson had no trouble picking out what he wanted which was a WiFi adaptor for his xbox 360. We looked at some generic USB WiFi adapters but finally settled on the Microsoft one designed just for the xbox. Because we bought an open box unit (it had Best Buy’s 30 day like it or bring it back warranty) we actually saved some money, which allowed him to buy some “points” to spend in the xbox Marketplace. Once he was done he was ready to head home and hook everything up. Not so fast…younger brother was struggling.
Youngest grandson not only had the Best Buy gift card, he also had a GameStop gift card. His struggle was the fact that he wanted some games for his DSi XL hand held game console. Best Buy had tons of games to choose from, but as the frugal brother, he was concerned that he might be paying too much at Best Buy. He knew that GameStop was just across the parking lot and his plan was to pick out what he wanted and then go back and forth to comparison shop.
You may be wondering where I am going with this, so I’ll cut to the chase. As much as I love hanging out with these two guys, I wasn’t thrilled about making several roundtrips between Best Buy and GameStop. Then I remembered that I had the RedLaser App on my iPhone (Sorry Windows Phone, Android and Blackberry users).
As he decided which games he wanted, I scanned them with RedLaser to see if there was a lower price anywhere else. He not only thought that it was very cool that I could do that (thereby raising his old grandfather higher in his estimation) he was also reassured that he wasn’t spending too much for the game. I wish that I had his appreciation of money when I was his age!
Red laser is available free in the iTunes App Store, but you can get much more info here at the website http://redlaser.com/. There is also a YouTube video to watch if that’s how you roll: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_hFGsmx_6k
Here is what RedLaser Has to say about their app:
RedLaser is a barcode-scanning application for comparison shopping and finding product information using a mobile device. The state-of-the-art barcode scanning technology was created specifically to deal with non-autofocus cameras, and continues to evolve with innovative mobile visual capabilities. The RedLaser application has been downloaded over 4 million times. RedLaser is an eBay mobile application.
It’s free and it’s a pretty darn good tool to use whenever you go shopping. And it’s yet one more reason why you would only get me to give up my iPhone by prying it from my cold dead fingers!
What’s your favorite iPhone app?