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My iPhone lost its 3G link as soon as I began to descend into the musty, body-odour-filled depths of the Forbidden Planet bookstore in London, but Sccope then informed me that it could store barcodes on a shopping list for me and then do a price check when I returned to the surface world once more.
Monitor price movements on favoured items
You can also ask the app to monitor price movements and send you an alert when the price of a particular item starts to drop. Even if you don’t have the shopping gene, Sccope is still a handy little app that can save you time and money when you’re browsing at home or pounding the pavements for that last minute birthday present. ®
Maintain a list of stuff you want (left) and be notified when items get cheaper (right)
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Not good for the retailer
The problem I have with this kind of application is you are using the facilities of the shop to browse and look at items then seeing if you can buy it cheaper elsewhere. Not just from another shop around the corner, as you would do in Tottenham Court Road for those Londoners, but from companies that have a different business model who don't need to pay for the expensive high street front and the staff to help you.
If you want to use their 'value-added' services then at least have the decency to help them continue to provide that service by spending your money with them.
(It does look like quite a nice app though, I just have moral feelings about it's use)
Re: You've got to buy online!
It's like my mum who proudly said how smart she was to browse the books at her local Borders bookshop but then bought them from Amazaon, and then complained bitterly when Borders went bust.
If you like having your local high street full of boarded up shops and charity shops and not having anywhere local to go if you need to buy something in a hurry then absolutely, go for it, and do all your shopping online.
That makes no sense
By that logic you must buy everything you want from the first shop you see it in. No matter what price it is. That's insane. If you want to waste your money to prop up a business which benefits people you don't know, you knock yourself out.