I’m currently in the market for, among other things, a coffee table. I’ve been looking at places that sell coffee tables, at places like Craigslist and eBay, and all manner of other sources to try to find a half-decent coffee table at a half-decent price.
Fortunately, there’s a neat service called ShopAdvisor that makes that process a whole lot easier. ShopAdvisor lets you enter a product name (or even take a picture of it), and it then does things like find it online and at stores, or show you advice and reviews on the particular product. It’ll even alert you if and when the price drops, which is awesome, because the coffee table I really want is currently too expensive but there’s bound to be a sale sometime.
The app’s integration with Evernote is one of its coolest features, too. You can capture a product into Evernote, and then ShopAdvisor digs into your notes and does its thing. Once the two services are set up, you just add a “watch” tag to the Evernote note, and then ShopAdvisor automatically shows you deals, previews, places to buy, and much more.
It’s an awesome system for gift-buying in particular: Make a list of things you might want to give certain people as gifts, and then you’ll be notified when they’re on sale, or if you need a last-minute gift you can figure out what’s available nearby.
I don’t have a coffee table yet, but I will soon. And I’ll owe all the savings to ShopAdvisor.