Shopping used to be pretty straight forward: you walked in to a store, yanked out your credit card or cash, and you bought something. Now, thanks to technology, shopping has gotten much more extreme. Here are a few exciting sites and apps that you can try out when making a purchase online:
Find what you’re looking for with The Hunt | thehunt.com
Have you ever walked down the street or paged through a magazine and seen something love that you just have to have? With The Hunt, you can crowdsource your search. All you have to do is snap a photo of the item, upload it to their site, and the community there will help you find it. This site has gotten a lot of attention as of late, and it’s not just because it’s backed by former supermodel, Tyra Banks, who has heavily invested in the site.
Print in 3D with Hot Pop Factory | hotpopfactory.com
A huge shopping trend right now is being able to go online and buy one-of-a-kind 3D printed creations. A great site is Hot Pop Factory where shoppers can do just that. You might think that printing something like this would be expensive but in this case it’s not – you can buy a necklace that nobody else will have for only $40. Bonus: you can sign up for classes and print your custom jewellery directly from the Hot Pop Factory lab.
A surprise every month with Topbox | topbox.ca
Another big trend out there are subscription boxes, the idea being that you pay a fee every month and you get a box sent to your house every month a bunch of little “gifts” in it. There are dozens of sites out there offering this service with prices ranging from only $10 a month, all the way up to a $1,000. Topbox offers a $12 subscription box which includes four beauty products every month. These sites are a great way to try out dozens of products without necessarily spending a lot of money. The best part about it? What’s inside is always a surprise.
Save all you can with Checkout 51 | Checkout 51 on iTunes
This app is the perfect place to save money. The dual app/website sends out different coupons every Wednesday at midnight that you can take advantage of that week. If you buy those products, you can redeem them within the app; when you get to $20 worth of savings, Checkout 51 will send you – wait for it – a cheque!
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