Can I get a price check on Aisle 5? You bet I can! Amazon announced today that their Price Check by Amazon app is now available for the Android platform. This app has been available to iPhone users for a while, now. Considering that Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the hottest selling Android tablet right now, it only makes sense that they would make this app available to the Android market.
The premise behind the app is pretty simple. For example, let’s say that you find an item that you would like to purchase in one of the big box stores, but you’re not sure that its price is the best price available. The Price Check by Amazon app will let you compare that price with prices on Amazon.com and its more than two million online merchants.
There are several different ways a shopper can compare prices using the app. The first is to use the built-in barcode scanner. Simply choose “Scan It” from the menu and center the barcode in the screen. One feature exclusive to the Android app is the ability to scan in either portrait or landscape mode. The app will scan the code and compare it to Amazon’s online database. Below is a screenshot of the barcode scanner.
If you’re comparing things with cover art like DVD’s, books, and video games, you might want to use the “Snap It” mode. Pictured below, the “Snap It” mode allows you to take a picture of the item to get a price comparison.
The “Say It” mode, pictured below, allows you to speak the product name to get results.
For those of us still living in the stone age, the app will also allow you to type your search in, but where’s the fun in that?
When you execute a search in the app, Amazon will return a list of available items sorted by price. You will be able to see a product description and can even read customer reviews. You can also purchase the item straight from the app.
Let’s face it, if you’re anything like me, you’ve suffered buyers remorse more than once this time of year. I think the Price Check by Amazon app is a great way to find out if that black Friday deal you’re about to pounce on is really as good a deal as you think it is. You can download the app from the Android Market or the Amazon Appstore.