CNET Update: Six apps that make holiday shopping a snap
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CNET Update: Six apps that make holiday shopping a snap

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These apps find deals quickly so you don't lose your sanity. CNET's Bridget Carey highlights six of the best shopping tools for your smartphone.

Get out your smartphones, it's deal hunting season. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET Update. The holiday shopping rush has begun, but before you start stressin' out, I have some hopeful news. Retailers are pushing out more online sales than ever before, so you may just be able to do all your shopping from your computer, and not feel like you're missing out on the deals at the mall. The National Retail Federation expects the average consumer to do 40 percent of their holiday shopping online this year, which is more than ever before, but chances are you're still gonna have to go to the mall for some items. But you can keep yourself sane by loading up on a few apps. Start with the basics, a bar-code scanner. I like the RedLaser and ShopSavvy. Before buying an item, scan the bar code in the store by turning on the app and pointing the camera at the bar code. These apps tell you who else is selling the item and at what prices, so you could find out if you're getting a good deal. And if a big retailer or even Amazon is selling it for less, you should ask the [unk]--
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