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A Wiki for shoppers – Shopwiki

  • Online shopping is very common these days and I’m sure many of you have purchased something online at least once through web sites like ebay or Amazon. Its also common sense and also a good idea to research on the item that you want to purchase from multiple web sites instead of buying right away because you might be able to find a better deal. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a web site that had all you need on a single web site?

    ShopWiki is a wiki that allows you to search for a wide range of items and list all the stores that have that item for sale. You have the option to go through the search either by alphanumerically or directly typing in search term(s) in the search box. For example (since this is a tech blog I will use electronics as exampls), if you are looking for Canon PowerShot digital cameras you can type that in the search field and it will list all matches. By default, it will list all items that match the price range between $1 – $max price for the item. If you want to narrow down your matches, you can do so by dragging the left or right arrow in the Price Range section.

    One feature I particularly like about shopWiki is the fact that it will show the number of stores that have the item you are looking for. Say you are looking for Sony Vaio labtops, the results will have either a “go to store” button or a “See # stores” where # is the number of stores that have the item. If you mouse over the Price or “See # stores” buttons, it will also list 5 stores in a small popup on the same page. For results that only have a single store available, clicking the title, price or the “go to store” button will forward you to the store directly. The store name is also displayed just below the price.

    You can find a lot of items from this wiki, even the recently released Sony Ericsson C905 can also be found on the site. This wiki is specifically aimed for Australian shoppers because the stores are of .au.

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    This entry was posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

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