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Friday fun for the IT crowd: Apps to help you beat holiday shopping

November 20, 2014


Are you looking for a specific item? TrackIf will send alerts when your specific item goes on sale or is discounted at major stores. BuyVia does the same thing – but concentrates on tech gifts.


If you’re thinking about a spontaneous purchase but want to make sure it’s high-quality, the Consumer Reports app offers well-researched, unbiased ratings of tons of products. You have to subscribe to the magazine or website to use the app, but the $30 yearly (or $6 monthly) subscription can save you from wasting thousands in defective purchases. May I add that the subscription makes a great gift, too?

Skip the register lines?

PayPal's wallet has some great features that might save you a lot of holiday rush aggravation. You can pay for food right at your restaurant table, easily split the check with friends, and prepay for store items.

Gifts for someone with everything

They don’t have what Etsy is selling. And it's not all woven kitty cozies and too-cute baby hats, I promise. From hand-blown beer glasses to industrial chic coffee tables and gorgeous leather wallets, Etsy offers quality gifts from craftspeople. Two bonuses: You don't have to go to the mall, and you get extra credit for originality. 

For the accomplished procrastinator

So you probably already know those gift card racks at places like Walgreens are the savior of last-minute shoppers. But what if you’re already sitting outside Uncle Joe’s house when you realize you need a gift? Gyft lets you purchase digital gift cards while you’re killing time in the car. You can even use some of that Bitcoin you've been hoarding. 

Gifts for you?

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Lisa Dare is a marketing writer for TEKsystems who enjoys learning about IT from some of the smartest folks in tech. She frequently blogs about IT career advice and the lighter side of tech, and on her off days loves to kayak and play with her toddler son.

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