As the holiday season approaches, a smartphone can be a great tool for discovering great bargains and cashing in on deals straight from the screen.
Signing up to be on a retailer’s email list is one way to receive alerts about sales, promotions and limited time offers. Online-based companies like Groupon, Gilt and LivingSocial send out daily or weekly emails to subscribers with discounts and vouchers to use or give as gifts. Some retailers like Macy’s, on the other hand, send out sales announcements via SMS, so there’s no need for shoppers to even check their inboxes.
Even easier than locating a sale and heading out to shop, is being able to make a bargain purchase right on a smartphone. With mobile commerce expected to hit $10 billion this year, apps are enabling users to buy directly from the app or from retailer websites. TapSave features coupons and deals of up to 90 percent off fashion, beauty and home products that can be bought inside the app, while DealNews provides coupon codes for specific products that can be redeemed at a store’s online checkout.