The PriceGrabber web site lets you search for the best prices on all sorts of items ranging from gadgets to furniture. Now you can do the same thing on an Android phone with the new PriceGrabber App.

PriceGrabber indexes thousands of online retailers, so when you enter a search term the app can show you prices at a number of stores — allowing you to find the store with the best price, or if money is no object, then the store that you trust the most.

In addition to using the search bar, you can also hit the menu button and select Barcode to scan an item’s barcode. Say you’re in a store and want to know if you can find a better deal on that item you’re holding in your hand. Just grab your phone, scan the barcode, and figure out whether you’re getting a good deal.

If all of this sounds familiar… that’s because so far I haven’t described anything that’s in the PriceGrabber app that’s not also available from the Google Shopper app — also available as a free download from the Android Market. But PriceGrabber’s app does have one feature that sets it apart — a Gift Shaker.

Here’s how it works. You select a category (Books, Auto Parts, Cameras, etc) and a price range ($ to $$$$). Then you shake the phone or pull the on-screen lever and PriceGrabber will find an item that meets your criteria and show you prices at several stores. Odds are you’re not going to actually find any gifts this way… unless you really wanted a $13 book on weatherization and insulation and PriceGrabber just happened to know that. But it’s a neat time-waster that’s a bit like windows shopping across a few thousand shops at once.

PriceGrabber also offers mobile apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

via Android Guys

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

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