Chances are you overpaid for something on Black Friday. Luckily, there’s a smart way to find out. Smoopa lets you scan just about anything at home to determine if the price is right when stacked against online and bricks-and-mortar competitors like Target, Walmart and Amazon. Simply scan the purchased item, select the store where you bought it, then enter the price to see what it pulls up. Free on iOS/Android
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Black Friday certainly lived up to its hype as one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Many of you also took advantage of Cyber Monday deals. IBM Smarter Commerce reported sales increased by 30.3% from last year.
Consumers flocked to the mall over the four-day weekend, spending $423 individually, up from $398 last year, and a record $59.1 billion collectively, according to the National Retail Federation. And they definitely shopped more online. Experian reports that Thanksgiving web traffic shot up 71% across the top 500 retail sites compared with last year, with Amazon claiming 25 million visits alone, and Walmart trailing close behind with 24.6 million visits. Target came in third place with an impressive 11.5 million visits.
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With all that credit swiping going on, you can bet we’re feeling some serious buyer’s remorse, or as we’ve fondly dubbed it, Black Friday hangover. You know the signs: No willpower, no budget, a pile of crumpled receipts and the nagging fear that you spent too much on that epic umbrella shield. Perhaps the shopping bags in your living room serves as a reminder of all those times you've tried to stop impulse spending and failed.
Don’t despair if you went overboard, there are plenty of ways to recoup that lost money, or make the most of what you’ve just bought. So whether it’s learning to stick to a budget, making an exchange or offloading an outfit, we've got you covered. All you need is a smartphone.
Do you have any post-shopping apps you like to use? Tell us about them in the comments.
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