A Search Site for Frugal Shoppers

September 19, 2010


Some of you guys are already talking about Christmas shopping! I agree, it’s never too early to shop, for Christmas or birthdays or whatever. Not to mention that I’m also STILL shopping for stuff for the home renovation: rugs, lighting, etc. And now that winter is on the way, the kids need clothes, shoes, school stuff, etc. I buy a lot of things online, but it is not easy to find good deals when using the “regular” shopping search engine websites. That’s because the shopping search engines sites have PAID placement. I always wondered why I could never find what I was looking for, and always got loads and loads of unrelated search results. Well, that’s why.

There’s a nice website called ShopWiki. (In the United States, it’s ShopWiki.com; in the UK, it’s Shopwiki.co.uk). I’ve been using this site for a little while now. You can search ShopWiki for a product name, and find thousands upon thousands of search results for the product you want to buy. From there, you can whittle your search down by brand, store, price, and more. It’s very convenient. And it’s free to use ShopWiki. Let’s say you want to find the perfect pair of shoes for your son’s wedding– punch in the keyword “shoes” and ShopWiki will search the entire shoes database.

Now, let’s say you don’t want to hash through every single of pair of shoes on sale on the Internet. One of the secrets to searching online (of my jobs is as an online researcher, by the way), is ti get specifc, and add a “+” to your search. For example: search for wedding shoes by typing in “wedding+shoes” at ShopWiki. Ah, you’ll get a much more specific set of results. You can whittle it down even more using that handy little “+” sign.

Like I always say: why pay more than you have to? Use ShopWiki and search the Internet, for free.

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