The phone's don't lie, there IS an app for that! There are two applications for you techy-shopping lovers out there, you might enjoy them. If you're often on your cell phone, i-Pad or tablet playing a game, tweeting, instagramming, facebooking and whatnot you might as well check out Cartwheel and Poshmark. These FREE apps might suit your tastes because they offer up savings deals and a chance to buy and sell items. Let's get right to it, here's the rundown!
Cartwheel by Target
If you are a frequent Target shopper you'll want to snag as many deals as you can! Granted you can often save a few bucks when at the big red store with items ranging from household, beauty, electronics to clothing. This one stop shop has introduced an app that allows consumers to browse through various categories such as furniture, grocery, entertainment plus more and add items to your virtual cart. Before you head out to Target open up your Cartwheel app and explore. It is available in the Apple "app store" as well as for Android users. You're not actually “shopping” on the app, you're saving with a certain spin. If you do an individual search through Cartwheel on an item, it might not necessarily offer a discount. But most items do have savings that can range from 5-25% off! It's a lot easier to just browse through the categories to find items that you might be looking to buy. As you select lets say a “Revlon PhotoReady Eye Shadow” and add it to your cart, you'll find that you can save 15% off the price. The app also gives consumers details of when the offer expires and any exclusions for other products.
After you have selected a few items, inside your “My Cartwheel” will display all of the items you chose. At the top of the page resides a bar code with a series of numbers beneath it. There are a few limitations such as how many barcodes you can use in one day, but you should be good for one shopping trip on a given day. Once you're at Target and ready to check out, hand your phone or other device to the cashier to scan the bar code which will apply your savings. Cool, right!
This new app is a triple dose of shopping, being creative and utilizing fashion. By selling, attending virtual “Posh parties” and possibly buying items from other Poshmarkers virtual closets, Poshmark is a unique outlet to network and connect with other fashion lovers. Per their description, “Poshmark is a fun and simple way to buy and sell fashion!” As of now Poshmark is only available to download for people with an i-Phone, i-Pad, and i-Pods. Though curious minds without these devices can go to poshmark.com to browse and shop.
When you open the app or enter the site you'll notice a “feed” of what items are being posted. Sellers showcase the items via a photo(s) and provide a description of it along with their selling price. For instance a person might be selling a pair of never worn black denim shorts, size seven for $15 that were originally $30 when they bought them, the original price is shown as well, unless the item was a gift, in which case they might not know the amount. If the item is a particular brand like Michael Kors, the description would say genuine, you just have to trust the person is being truthful. Plus if you've worn or seen particular brands in person you might be able to tell real from fake. But Poshmark isn't about trying to decipher things, it's more about exploring and potentially buying or selling products. From rings, to watches, dresses, shoes, purses, there is lots to sort through.
The great thing is you can establish a conversation with the seller and others in the Poshmark community. Some sellers will negotiate a price for an item you like, or “bundle” the product with another item. Or you could plan to trade with the seller, if they want to. You'll want to display your “closet” with items that you're trying to sell (if you are) in a appealing way. You set the price and most of the terms, allowing you to get a little business savvy. Poshmark has a very detailed FAQ section that can assist you so not to worry, as they want members to “Shop and sell with confidence.”
Download these apps today!