10 unbeatable Black Friday shopping apps

The mall is a combat zone on Black Friday, and you need a strategy for snatching the prime deals and getting out quickly. Put these 10 apps in your arsenal for a fighting chance at getting everything you need at the lowest possible prices. And for the top tech deals, check out CNET's Black Friday guide.

Giftster Wish List Registry ( iOS, Android)

Don't play the guessing game about what friends and family want, or risk your selections ending up in the regifting pile. Instead, share holiday wish lists with Giftster. You can easily mark an item as reserved … Read more

Google Shopping Express review

Google Shopping Express is a well-constructed, fast application that eases mobile shopping while retaining many features from Google's desktop client. The listed prices may not always be correct, but you'll receive same-day delivery on your purchases via this application.


High-quality design: Like many Google products, Shopping Express is intuitive with its grid layout and tabbed browsing system. Its bright display, sharp font, and full-sized tiles bring out the detail of each product listing.

Endless specificity: Each tab contains menu options and subsections that allow you to find exactly what you want. We purposefully misspelled search queries, but … Read more

Not tonight, darling, I'm online shopping

I know that Nancy Reagan always encouraged us to "just say no."

But it's not easy, is it? Some people can be terribly insistent, nagging even. Some can sulk or get aggressive.

Thankfully, it seems that Americans have found a new way to tell their significant others that they don't have a significant mood for sex: they say they're busy online shopping.

You might think I'm making it up. And I might think that people who create these surveys are making it up too.

All I can tell you is that the cashback rewards … Read more

Crave giveaway: $500 shopping spree from Shopping

Congratulations to Christopher N. of Castle Rock, Colo., for winning a Philips Fidelio SoundRing wireless speaker in last week's giveaway. Readers have loved past shopping sprees at Shopping, so we're back with another one, and it's big-ticket.

This week's winner gets a $500 gift certificate from the massive online retailer, which sells everything from consumer electronics to furniture, clothes, shoes, jewelry, toys, sports gear, and well, more stuff upon stuff. Yep, $500. And next week marks a great time to go all consumer-crazy up on Shopping, since it will hold a big sale, with goods up to 70 percent off sitewide. … Read more

Kaiju monsters go high-fashion for 'ultra' shopping center debut

The ultimate superheroine Mother of Ultra is the perfect supermodel for an ad campaign to celebrate the "ultra renewal" of 97 stores in the Amu Plaza Hakata shopping center in Japan.

Mother of Ultra, as well as kaiju monsters Alien Baltan, Dada, and Pigumon strut their stuff on the catwalk. In other videos, Mother of Ultra invades the city of Fukuoka itself, modeling the latest fashions most likely found in the newly updated shopping center. … Read more

ShopRunner: Amazon Prime fee hike will 'drive' away customers

Amazon rival ShopRunner is hoping to lure away Amazon Prime members by throwing a few barbs at the Internet retail giant and offering its own subscription service for free.

Following Amazon's announcement of a fee increase for Prime on Thursday, ShopRunner, which offers a two-day free shipping membership for various retail brands for $79 a year, took the opportunity to promote its service, while basically saying that Amazon is wasting money on its video-streaming service.

ShopRunner is offering a one-year free trial that specifically targets Prime users. The site's brands include Neiman Marcus, Brooks Brothers, PetSmart, and Blue … Read more

Use TheFind on Android to shop, compare retail outlets

Shopping online is super convenient. You get to sit in the comfort of your own home, browsing various sites to find the best deal on a product. Sometimes you don't even have to browse Web sites, due to most major retail chains having native apps for various platforms.

But let's face it, going to a number of sites (or launching a number of apps) brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "shop till you drop." To tackle this first-world problem, TheFind will help you "search over 500,000 stores and 500 million products" … Read more

Business Card Shop for Mac review

Business Card Shop for Mac enables you to create professional business and personal cards with a high degree of detail. You can start from scratch, or you can pick template card designs spanning over a hundred occupations and over 30 general layouts. Card customization is intuitive, yet powerful, with support for layers, alignment guides, the grouping and locking of items, content placeholders, and many optional adjustments to every object on the canvas.

Business Card Shop for Mac features AddressBook integration to automatically insert your information. It supports all card styles, as well as the metric, imperial, and point measuring systems, … Read more

Three important things you should know about cashback services

Some things in life are too good to be true. Weight-loss pills, for example, and those free Olive Garden dinners that always seem to be popping up on Facebook.

Most people feel the same way about cashback services, at least initially. Every time I mention them, whether to friends or a lecture group or savvy blog readers, I'm met with the same skeptical reaction. A free rebate for doing almost nothing? Yeah, right.

But in truth? Yeah, right! Cashback services are awesome, and you should be using one -- maybe even more than one. Start by reading my post … Read more

How to find and clip Amazon instant coupons

Have you heard? has coupons. You may have seen a random coupon here or there while shopping for toothpaste or sunblock, but there's actually an entire section of Amazon that's dedicated to coupons and it's not just for groceries and household goods. You can find coupons for electronics, pet supplies, toys, and other items.

No scissors are necessary to clip Amazon coupons and you don't have to worry about forgetting to bring them with you either.

To get started with Amazon coupons, go to, then click on the link at the top … Read more