iPhone App Sherpa: Save Some “Benjis”

With online shopping gaining more outlets and users everyday, you'd be a fool to ignore the bevy of great deals that come with shopping on the Web.

However, it’s still a major pain to pay for shipping and wait weeks for it. That’s why so many of us are still packing into Best Buys, Targets, Wal-Marts and local malls on the weekend looking for good deal.

Say “Hello” to a new iPhone app that will help make both your online and real-life shopping experiences more efficient. It's called Save Benjis (which is short for Benjamins, the first name of the man on the $100 bill and a popular hip-hop motif). The app allows you to shop in the real world and check up on all the Internet’s best competing deals for that product.

The site’s creators demonstrate how it works in this video. In it, they shop for a new washing machine, go to Home Depot (Stock Quote: HD) and find the model they want. Then they fire up the app and search using the product number listed on Home Depot’s price tag. Within seconds they get a list of other retailers (online and otherwise) who are selling the product for almost $70 less.

You can then elect to add your new find to your online shopping cart and complete the purchase all on your iPhone or have the specs and details e-mailed to yourself if you feel more comfortable making the purchase from your home computer.

Save Benjis allows users to enter the unique manufacturer’s product ID number, barcode number or ISBN book code for the item they are hoping to buy. This cuts down on typing time and saves you the hassle of searching through similarly named products in inventory for the correct model. Although Save Benjis currently has 15 million listed products, there may be some products not yet available.

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