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Best Android shopping apps of all time

by Phil Hornshaw

Your Android device can help you save lots of money when shopping -- provided you have the right apps. We've run down 10 of the very best shopping apps that you'll want to keep close at hand when you head to the mall of the grocery store.

eBay (Free)

eBayOnline auction site eBay makes it possible to get just about anything, and the eBay Android app means you can get anything from just about anywhere. The app gives you the ability to search for auctions, bid on and buy items, and complete transactions as a buyer. You can also create new listings for items you want to sell using your device’s camera, and monitor how your auctions are doing from wherever you are.

Amazon (Free)

AmazonMuch like eBay, it’s possible to find all kinds of cool products to buy on Amazon with the help of its Android app. In addition to access to the retailer’s online catalogue, the Amazon app packs lots of additional cool features, like the ability to search for products by snapping pictures of them or scanning their barcodes, so you can compare prices while you shop in stores.

Shopkick: Rewards & Deals (Free)

Shopkick: Rewards & DealsShopkick allows you to earn rewards at the stores at which you already shop. When you enter a store supported by Shopkick, just open the app, and use it to scan certain items found within. You’ll earn points toward discounts, and you can also find deals even as you’re shopping as you normally would. You can also link your credit cards to the app to earn more rewards, and you can redeem the rewards you earn within the app without having to print anything.

RetailMeNot Coupons (Free)

RetailMeNot CouponsYou can save lots of money with the effective use of coupons, and RetailMeNot has a huge number of them just waiting to be redeemed. You can search for coupons based on the stores you frequent, and the app will also suggest deals you might like -- and all RetailMeNot’s coupons can be scanned and redeemed within the app. You can also save your favorite coupons for later and receive notifications for when they’re expiring.

Groupon (Free)

GrouponAnother handy way to save money with coupons, Groupon works by presenting its users with big local deals at certain businesses. When you sign up for a particular groupon, you pay for it ahead of time, and then have a set amount of time (usually several months or a year) to redeem it when it’s convenient for you. Just show the groupon within the app at the business and you’re all set, allowing you to save big on all kinds of things.

Slickdeals (Free)

SlickdealsLooking for the best sales near you? Tap into SlickDeals, an app that leverages its community to allow shoppers to help each other find the lowest prices and best sales. The app shows you what great deals are happening at stores and businesses around you, as discovered by other real shoppers who have shared the inside scoop in the app. You can see the deals available and get directions to stores, and you can also share the deals you discover so other people can take advantage of them.

Slice - Package Tracker (Free)

Slice - Package TrackerSlice helps you keep track of those online purchases that some of us have a tendency to make and then forget about. You can use Slice to keep track of where your packages are once you’ve made a purchase, as well as whether your returns have made their ways back to their retailers. Slice also gives you Push notifications when prices drop on things you’ve bought so you can get price adjustment refunds, and allows you to make backups of your receipts for lots of online retailers.

ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner (Free)

ShopSavvy Barcode ScannerScan barcodes and compare prices with the help of ShopSavvy. When you scan the barcode of a product, the app gives you price listings found both online and in local stores near you, allowing you to get the very best price possible. It will also give you information and product reviews from other users. You can set up notifications so ShopSavvy will forward you alerts about when prices go down, and you can browse through popular items lists to get great deals on stuff you might want.

Etsy (Free)

EtsyCrafting site Etsy allows users to post and sell things they create themselves, and the Etsy app brings that functionality to your Android device, allowing you to handle both buying and selling with the same app. For buyers, you can search listings, buy products and interact with sellers from wherever you are, while sellers manage their online shops, and can get in touch with buyers to answer any questions.

Out of Milk Shopping List (Free)

Out of Milk Shopping ListOut of Milk combines three kinds of lists for ultimate shopping organization. You get the ability to build shopping lists and sync them with other users, as well as a pantry list that helps you keep track of what you have at home and what you need, and a to do list so you won't miss anything. You can even get notifications about grocery deals as you're shopping.