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If you’re a frugal shopper or just someone who is conscious of the prices of the items you buy, you more than likely compare prices of items between stores. Others, on the other hand, don’t do it because it takes a lot of time and energy to check the prices of everything to find the best ones. It would be great, however, if there was a much easier way to find the best price for an item. Or something that will keep you from having to become a coupon addict.

About Smoopa

Smoopa is the tool you are looking for. Its main purpose is to help people find the best price for whatever they’re looking for. However, it also gives users incentives for entering updated prices for certain items at certain locations. In other words, you can use Smoopa to find the best prices, and you can help keep its database up to date and get paid for doing so with rewards.

Installation

Installation is very simple. Just follow this link if you’re an Android user or follow this link if you’re an iOS user. You can also simply search for “Smoopa” in your respective app store.

Popular Items

When you first launch the app, you’ll be shown the “Popular” page, where some of the most popular items and their best price is displayed.

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Here’s also a good place to search for a specific item, which you can do by tapping on the magnification lens icon in the top right corner. Once you have found your item, you can see the different prices and shipping charges, if applicable.

Scan An Item

Scanning new items is very easy to do. When you first tap on Scan, you’ll be asked to create a Smoopa account or log into one you have already created. This is necessary so that Smoopa can keep track of how many times you’ve scanned an item and reported its price, as each time you do, your rewards balance slightly increases.

Speaking of which, don’t expect to be able to request a reward after just a few scans; it will take some time and effort before you can reap the rewards. However, it’s very much worth it because you’ll be making money through rewards while finding the cheapest prices on items. It’s great in two ways!

Rewards

Smoopa does offer some pretty nice rewards for all your effort. You can choose from a handful of different gift cards, get a check in the mail, or donate your rewards balance to a charity. What to choose is completely up to you, but in any case you will be paid! Personally I wish they could also pay people via PayPal as it’s quick and safe, but I’ll keep that on my wishlist for now.

Conclusion

Smoopa is a fantastic way to save lots of money on virtually anything that you want to buy, from TVs and game consoles to breakfast bacon. There are absolutely no downsides to using Smoopa, and it’s well worth a try. If you don’t ever try, you won’t know what you might be missing out on.

What do you do to save money? Is Smoopa a good way to find great deals, or do you still prefer your current method? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Tanguy Djokovic
    June 12, 2012 at 5:20 am

    does this app works outside the US?

    • Mendel Chuang
      June 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      This app is only available in the US at this time.

  2. Mendel Chuang
    June 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I'm excited to announce that you can now redeem your account balance through PayPal! Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Please keep sending your suggestions to smoopa@smoopa.com.

  3. Mason
    June 6, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Smoopa is a great way to do a price comparison and it helps me figure out if I should get the item now, wait and track it, or buy it on line. It's told me whether or not deal they promote in store is actually a good deal. It's help me save money by finding great deals and the rewards Smoopa has given me is a great bonus. I also really enjoy the tracking feature which has helped me get some good deals on item I can wait for. Depending on your service provider/reception, using the app is easy and quick.

    • Danny Stieben
      June 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying Smoopa, Mason!

  4. Nomad
    June 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    First off, on smoopa website, there has to be a how it works and what exactly I can earn with which actions section not just a vague FAQ.

    If I am not misunderstanding the FAQ, which is entirely possible as it uses a lot of rounded terms, this is how it is going to work:

    Let's say you are at Target. You are shopping for something or just in to scan some items to get your smoopa account padded. You scan say 50 items. There is a high likelihood that you will get squat, but smoopa will get the benefit of acquiring current prices for those items at Target for that day. In the end you will have worked for free for this outfit. Scanning 50 items will at least take 30 minutes or more.

    In an unlikely event that you get a special offer, let's say it will ask you to buy the item at the online retailer, on your smart phone (I am not even going to go into the murky area of letting your credit card number go on to the cellular network here, which is my nightmare) and in the end, smoopa will earn a commission and reward you with a measly few points or whatever their currency of reward is. And you will be toiling away for them to get that $5 amazon gift card you are coveting.

    If you ask me, this is too much work for too little. Toiling away is one thing but to be forced to buy an item to get rewards, especially online, on your cell phone, definitely is not a kosher approach to shopping. Also you know what, google price search gives you pretty decent and current pricing information. Combine it with the cash back from places like ebates or fatwallet (google if you don't know what these are) you will most probably be ahead of the game compared to smoopa. And this is most probably why there is no exact wording about what you can earn. Because it will be dwarfed in comparison to the places alike.

    I wish smoopa good luck but I definitely will not be walking around the stores, with my smart phone in my hand scanning barcodes for them, for an unknown benefit, unless they put in definitive words, what I will be getting for which actions I take. I know it might change daily, but you are an online outfit and can update these things daily, giving people a chance to know what they are going for before they do the work. But I am sure this will cut into the business plan. Won't it ?

    • Mendel Chuang
      June 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Nomad, thanks for checking out Smoopa and leaving us your feedback. Our goal is not for you to scan random items in the store, but only the ones that you are interested in purchasing (books, electronics, movies, etc.). We will then compare it with other prices in our database to provide you with a recommendation to help you with your purchasing decision.

      When you receive a special offer, it will be based on the recommendation. If it is less expensive online, we will encourage you to purchase it online. If it is at the same price or less expensive in the store you're at, we will encourage you to purchase it there. Because these prices are shared with others, it is important we get accurate pricing information for the claim to be approved.

      By getting the community to share prices, we hope that everyone will be able to make better purchasing decisions.

    • Danny Stieben
      June 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      I hope Mendel's comment answered your questions.

  5. GeeksAndTweaks
    June 3, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Nice article Danny, good job! I find that when I'm wishing for PayPal support on a service, I can often get by with the wal-mart money card. You know those $3 prepaid visa's by the register at wal-mart? Once you have one of those cards, it has a routing number and account number (through GE Money Bank) that can be used for direct deposit. Not as good as PayPal but it does provide nearly instant access to any money when it's added. A google search for "wal-mart money card ge money bank account number" will offer up more information about it. Not sure if you're over 18, but OK this with your parents beforehand as the card does require a legally binding contract. I've mirrored your post and this comment on my blog so if you have any questions feel free to stop by.

    • GeeksAndTweaks
      June 3, 2012 at 3:15 am

      Sorry for making two comments but I forgot to link you to your post on my blog. Not sure if makeuseof handles pingbacks or if you even get to see them... Here's your article on my site, all credit given to you of course :) http://geeksandtweaks.com/wp/get-paid-to-shop-smarter-with-smoopa-android-1-6-ios/
      Again, great article, I'm off to play with Smoopa!

    • Danny Stieben
      June 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks for the tip! It seems Smoopa does offer PayPal support, so everyone can now rejoice! :)

  6. Mendel Chuang
    June 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for writing about us! We're glad you like it and will look into integrating with PayPal.

    • Danny Stieben
      June 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks Mendel! :)

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