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    Apple Store

    by Apple

    Apple’s iPhone app kicks things up a notch by thinking differently. Aside from the usual store locator and product browsing features, Apple’s app lets you make Genius Bar appointments with your local store. You can see the status of previous orders and even pull up those receipts. The killer feature is the Easy Pay function when you’re in a physical Apple store. Want that iPhone cover? Just pull it off the shelf, scan the bar code, and pay using your iTunes credentials. No need to speak to a human, no waiting in line. Be sure this app is on your iPhone before you head out!

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    Amazon App

    by AMZN Mobile LLC

    Everything you expect from Amazon is found within their iOS offering. On the iPhone you can browse, see your cart and items added when shopping on another device, and access your wish list. Amazon is your ace in the hole when you're out, because it has a bar code scanner that’ll compare the price you’re looking at in the store with Amazon’s offerings. No bar code to scan? Take a photo! Amazon will search based on what the item looks like. With an app like this, you’ll be convinced we already live in the future when it comes to shopping.

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    eBay for iPad

    by eBay Inc.

    The world’s largest garage sale is always handy with eBay’s iPad app. Anything and everything can be found on eBay and that search narrows it down to what you need in just seconds. Results are set in a grid format with each product’s image prominently displayed. The current price, shipping cost, and remaining time are also shown for quick reference. If you sign in, you can personalize what the app’s main screen shows along with viewing your watched items.

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    Gilt for iPad - Shop Designer Sales

    by Gilt Groupe

    Gilt’s deals are amazing and their iPad app matches their luxurious feel for an amazing shopping experience. Gilt’s 60% and daily sales are easily seen within each product listing on the app. Departments are broken down by: Women, Men, Home, Kids, and Gifts. These filters get you right to the items you want the most. Tapping a product animates it like an opening book to show you the details and price. Large photos accompany each item and you can see lots of detail. Gilt’s use of photos everywhere makes browsing fun and enjoyable. For an app shopping experience you’ve likely never seen, give Gilt a spin on your iPad.

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    Target for iPad

    by Target

    Target for iPad is like a mega-catalog! This app lets you check out the weekly ad without getting newsprint on your fingers. Tapping a product shows you detailed information and lets you purchase it right within the app. Target also features daily deals, along with the standard store locator we all need. Target’s app is comprehensive and almost faster than browsing their website! Even better, if you pick up the iPhone version, it integrates with Passbook, Apple’s new virtual card wallet.

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    shopkick: Deals and Free Gift Cards For Shopping at Your Favorite Stores

    by shopkick

    Shopping can become a chore when there’s many places to go and lots of crowds to navigate. You can make some fun of the experience by downloading Shopkick. This app turns shopping into a game where you get ‘kicks’ for simply walking into partner stores. Earn enough kicks and you can redeem them for gift cards to your favorite stores. Want to earn more on your visit? Stores have ‘quests’ where you scan the bar codes of certain items and you get even more kicks once you’ve scanned everything in the mission. You never need to buy anything to earn kicks and it’s as simple as walking into the store. In a mall, this can be especially fun.

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    LivingSocial

    by LivingSocial

    There’s a ton of sites offering a deal every day, but LivingSocial has sprung out to be one of the best. Its app is spectacular in that it lets you easily see all the deals for your neighborhood in a beautiful catalog-style layout. LivingSocial’s app is visually appealing and will have you an expert in scoring daily deals in no time!

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    Groupon - Deals, Coupons & Shopping: Local Restaurants, Hotels, Yoga & Spas

    by Groupon, Inc.

    Another great app that offers deals of the day is the ever-so-popular Groupon app. This app is everything that the website is bottled up into a tiny, simple-to-use application for your iPhone or iPad. Score deals for local restaurants, local spas, products, vacation getaways, and more. So, when you can't find what you're looking for in the LivingSocial app, check Groupon.

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    Wanelo Shopping

    by Deena Varshavskaya

    Wanelo Shopping is like having a personal shopper available on your phone. New products appear every day and as you save them, Wanelo begins to learn your style. You don't necessarily buy straight from the app, but you'll know which stores, big or small, offer the items you like.

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    Smoopa Shopping: Never Overpay Again

    by Smoopa

    If you are going to be doing some comparison shopping, Smoopa Shopping is a great app to have on your phone. With this app, you can look for products by browsing, searching, or scanning it, then you can see prices at different retailers. You can then decide if you'd like to buy it, get an alert when it drops in price, or simply save it to a collection list. This app makes shopping easy and is an ideal way to save some money.