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8 apps to navigate holiday shopping on-the-go – video

8 apps to navigate holiday shopping on-the-go – video
Tishin Donkersley

According to the National Retail Federation nearly 80 percent of holiday shoppers plan to shop on CyberMonday with an expected $105 billion in online sales; of the mobile device users, 21 percent of smartphone and 34 percent of tablet users projected to purchase their gift online.

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Fox 10 News with Anita Roman

For those that want to get their list done on-the-go or avoid crazy lines and crowds, mobile is going to be the way to get it done. Here are eight apps that can help you this holiday season check things off your to-do list. Watch our report on Fox 10 News with anchor Anita Roman.

Apple iPhone users are getting organized, the Apple App store has already done the work for you and categorized shopping apps for all of your needs and identifies which apps work with Apple Pay.

apple app category

via iTunes app store

 

While Amazon, Target and Walmart are the holiday standards, there are other specialty apps that can help you cross those items off your list.

Courtesy of Amazon

Courtesy of Amazon

AmazonPrime Now – on-demand delivery from their fulfillment warehouse is available in PHX and you can get your items within two hours for free and one hour with a small fee, depending on location and availability. AmazonPrime membership is $99/year.

 

 

 

Jet.com – This is an Amazon competitor that uses smaller merchants which allows them to set lower prices on items based on the proximity to the customer; membership is $50/year.

via Jet.com

via Jet.com

 

Black Friday Ad 2015 – This popular Black Friday ad aggregates all the holiday ads from top retailers, sends news alerts and leaks from these stores. It also allows users to add items to a wish list or buy directly online.

black friday on phone

BlackFridayad2015 via iTunes app store

 

Aside from Groupon or Etsy that have experiences and unique handmade items, try Fancy for that quirky to cool item.

Fancy is a crowdsourced shopping platform to find fancy and unusual gifts from eclectic stores and merchants

Cool stuff you can find at Fancy

Cool stuff you can find at Fancy

 

Shopping sites like Zappos and HauteLook are popular with men. For those that are looking to branch out check out JackThreads.

JackThreads is a style destination shopping platform for men that has reputable and fun brands. They have styles ranging from outdoor to nice casual.

JackThreads app via Apple Store

JackThreads app via Apple Store

 

These next two apps can be used to find the cheapest price through digital offers and geolocation.

RedLaser is a barcode and QR Code reader and shopping assistant. This app will scan items and find the cheapest price, provide reviews of products, find the best deals near you and aggregate coupons from retailers.

RedLaser via iTunes app store

RedLaser via iTunes app store

 

RetailMeNot –  This app is the world’s largest marketplace for digital offers, it has over 600,000 coupons and 70,000 retailers.

RetailMeNot via iTunes app storeRetailMeNot via iTunes app store

 

Venmo – If you need to go in for a gift for mom, Venmo, the mobile payment app lets you make and share payments with friends or family members.

Venmo via iTunes app store

Venmo via iTunes app store

Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for 2015.