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Probably you’re already familiar with the idea of comparison shopping. These are quite useful websites where you can compare product prices from pretty much every online retailer. During the last 3-4 months I discovered a number of cool websites that successfully implemented the same concept to other areas. Check them out.

1- Compare Product Prices with PriceGrabber

I’ve tried many comparison shopping sites and can confirm that PriceGrabber is one of the best ones. Simply search for the product you want to buy and PriceGrabber will list all available retailers starting from the cheapest. If you’re not clear about what exactly you want to purchase, then you can browse products by categories and filter them further by specs, features and brand. Products can also be sorted by user ratings and reviews.

PriceGrabber - Comparison Shopping Website

2- Compare Banks with FindaBetterBank

Looking for a new bank account? Wondering how your current bank account stands against account offerings from other banks in the area? Find A Better Bank is the one and only tool you need. It’s very thorough and can help you locate the best bank account for your needs in a matter of minutes.

FindABetterBank - Compare Bank Accounts

So how it works?

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Enter your zip code, indicate the features that are important to you and provide additional details to help them estimate yearly banking fees. Done. Now you have a detailed comparison of nearby banks, sorted from best to worst.

3- Compare Cell Phone Contracts with BillShrink

There are so many cell phone contracts out there that it’s almost impossible to find out whether you’re getting a good deal. BillShrink is a new service that can help you with this. This handy website first asks you about your usage preferences and requirements (i.e. average daily talk time, whether you need data plan, SMS usage etc.). Then it compares over 100 mobile plans and finds the best plan for your needs. I am quite surprised that we haven’t seen something like this earlier.

BillShrink - Compare Cell Phone Contracts

The whole procedure takes about 3-4 minutes. Read more …

4 -Compare your Rent with RentoMeter

Rentometer - Compare Rent Rates

RentoMeter is a web based rent comparison service. Here you can find out whether the amount you’re currently paying for your rent is a rip-off or a bargain deal. Rentomoeter compares the amount you pay to an average rate for the similar apartments in the neighborhood area. It will also give you a mapview of nearby apartments including their rates. Check out the RentoMeter in action here.

5- Compare Budget Airlines with SkyScanner

One of the few budget flight search engines that can actually find you the best ticket. I tested it both in Europe and Asia and can confrim that it actually WORKS! It’s also the only budget airline search tool I am aware of that works for inter-continental flights. SkyScanner only searches among budget airlines so you won’t see any pricey tickets here.

  1. Rhea
    January 29, 2009 at 8:53 am

    I use cfares.com and its one of the best I have tried for airfare comparison shopping both domestic and international flights

  2. SOUTHSPICE
    November 24, 2008 at 1:36 am

    I am interested in seeing the list of Indian shopping comparison websites. Please do the needful.

  3. Skyscanner Flight Search
    August 20, 2008 at 3:41 am

    Hi,

    Thanks for including Skyscanner in your article. Just to clarify one point though: Skyscanner shows both budget airlines (Ryanair, easyJet, Wizzair etc) AND traditional carriers (BA, Virgin, KLM etc) enabling you to compare flight prices across the board and always select the cheapest fare.

    One tip to remember is that these days, so called "low cost airlines" don't always offer the cheapest flights; it's not uncommon for the traditional carriers to be cheaper on certain routes, but with Skyscanner you can see all the options - which means users can make an informed choice.

    The "Skyscanner only show budget airlines" myth is one of a few misconceptions floating around about Skyscanner which we've clarified here: http://news.skyscanner.net/articles/2008/08/000500-skyscanner-myths-debunked-the-truth-behind-europes-favourite-flight-search-engine.html

    thanks

    Skyscanner Flight Search

  4. JRE
    April 27, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    The rentometer is great. However I live in Marin County and rent everywhere here is ridiculous as it is.

    Thanks for sharing Find a Better Bank. I'm checking it out now and looking forward to the results.

  5. Rob Rubin
    April 17, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Mark,

    I'm sorry to hear about your job woes, but I really appreciate your comment about our bank comparison tool. We've worked really hard to develop a tool that people would find useful and it's really affirming to read your comments. Thank you so much.

    Rob Rubin

  6. Mark
    April 16, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    There are a number of reasons I'd like to say THANK YOU to makeuseof.com...after finding the site I spent about three weeks off and on, several hours each time, looking at the entire archive. I now have 9 folders of bookmarks of amazing stuff and the number is growing!

    But this posting in particular is timed perfectly. Last month I was fired from a job of 17 years and was forced to move to a new town out of necessity. Luckily I have great friends in the real world as well as great cyber-friends. So the other day I walk into a Bank of XXXXXX to see about starting savings and checking accounts and they wanted $18.95 per month in monthly fees and I'd have to pay for checks. You know the typical banking scam! And then I got your e-mail that included FIND A BETTER BANK. And I did! Free checking, free checks, free bill pay, no additional ATM fee, free on-line banking, and on-line sign up for both accounts available with both accounts available at physical banking locations. Total cost per month $4, the same as the credit union I used to belong to!

    Thanks again for all the great stuff you guys find and send our way!

    • Aibek
      April 17, 2008 at 4:48 pm

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for the comment. Glad you are able to make use of these stuff. ;-)

      Sorry to hear about your job. I hope you'll find something better soon.

  7. Bjorn
    April 16, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Even better than skyscanner is http://www.dohop.com. It cleverly combines routes from low cost and legacy airlines, finding you routes that you may not find in other places. Saves you both money and time.

    • Aibek
      April 16, 2008 at 10:29 am

      Thanks, will check it out.

      Aibek

  8. YD
    April 15, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Another free site you want to check out is http://www.zilpy.com. Zilpy provides free services for rental stats and one place for checking out rentals that are currently on the market and see have prices changed over the year.

  9. Nick
    April 15, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    As a landlord I find both rentometer.com and rentomatic.com to be very useful. I highly recommend them.

  10. Peter
    April 15, 2008 at 4:20 am

    I tried skyscanner. Not only does it not search all budget airlines (only selected ones), but it mixes the results with the likes of British Airways and KLM. The prices are cached, so you only get live price if you refresh each particular day. Hence, you are never sure to get the best deal if you are flexible on dates. I found that if you are happy to do some research yourself, sites like http://www.flightmapping.com (in the UK) and http://www.whichbudget.com (worldwide) are the best.

    • Aibek
      April 15, 2008 at 3:29 pm

      I guess it depends on the route. Skyscanner works pretty well for flights within in Asia and Europe.

  11. Jonathan Bennett
    April 14, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Rentometer is cool. Thanks for the links.

  12. Dan
    April 14, 2008 at 11:51 am

    I thought my rent was high until I saw some other buildings in the area w/ rentometer. Well worth it for the reassurance.

  13. UK
    April 14, 2008 at 10:51 am

    The Findabetterbank.com site seems to be down. Any idea when it might be up again?
    Urvaksh

    • Aibek
      April 15, 2008 at 3:28 pm

      It's up now :-)

  14. Mayuri
    April 14, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Same from me, SkyScanner works.:-)

  15. rob rubin
    April 14, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Hi,

    Thanks for including FindABetterBank in your comparison website article. We launched the site on Feb 1 to help people find a new primary bank (your everyday bank accounts). In a few weeks we'll be releasing a new version that includes interest rates and information about linked savings and money market accounts. We're adding new banks all the time. If your favorite bank is missing, send us a note, tell us why your bank is better and we'll put it on our list to add.

    Best regards,
    Rob

  16. bloggersmosaic
    April 13, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    i like the rent one and product ..the bank ..i don't know they will get you on other way

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