Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Red Laser

I waited and waited for the Verizon iPhone to come out, and while I waited, I met an app I loved. When we were out buying for the Salvation Army Angel program, one of my friends would read the bar code on a product and instantly, it would show where the product was also available (and how far, in miles) and would also show mail-order prices online. So if we found a bike, it would tell us where it was cheaper, and by how much. Oh! I wanted that app.

So when I got my new phone, it was one of the first apps I downloaded (after amazon.com) and it was FREE!

It is so much fun. You press the Red Laser icon, the program opens. To scan a barcode, you press the lightning bolt at the bottom of the screen, get the bar code within the block shown on your screen, and it does all the rest, seconds later you have all your comparison costs.

Wow. It is a frugal shopper’s delight.

So if you have favorite things, and you are running low, you can scan them in your own home and your phone will tell you where the best prices are. I love this app.

What I can’t figure out is how do they make money on this when they give it to you for free?

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March 17, 2011 - Posted by | Financial Issues, Shopping, Technical Issue

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