A prospective buyer browsing the internet to find a product, which he or she needs to buy, will come across two types of websites. There are online shopping websites like Flipkart or homeshop18 where several products offered by the websites are displayed giving their details about prices, buying terms and conditions, features and specifications of the products. This will help the buyer to buy the available product directly from the seller by placing an order on the website. However, the buyer will be at a disadvantage since he or she does not come to know about the availability and comparative prices of the same product at some other online selling websites unless he browses each such website. This problem of the buyers is solved by a website which not only displays the availability and comparative prices of the products but also serves as buying guides to the buyers. An example is www.shopguide.in which we are going to review in this article. Of course, there are many other price comparison websites like junglee.com, mysmartprice.com, pricedekho.com, 91mobiles.com, pricedealsindia.com, discountpundit.com, smartprix.com, pricecheckindia.com, ishopper.com and many other such price comparison websites, but our review shall be mainly limited to shopguide.in.
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How does shopguide.in work
The moment you open the www.shopguide.in you are confronted with a pop up which prompts you to 'like' the shopguide.in on the Facebook. You are also provided with a "Facebook social plugin" link if you want, otherwise click on the close (x) icon to close this dialogue box. The layout of the opening page is very simple and illustrative. There is a large moving banner at the top which displays "Shop Now" link and an image of Samsung Galaxy Tab. Presently, the banner reads as follows: Exclusive latest collection of mobiles and tablets up to 85% off on latest mobiles and tablets The contents of the moving banner may change from time to time. Just below the moving banner, you are given the links to shop by brands like Samsung, Nokia, Micromax, HTC, BlackBerry with left and right arrows placed at the right to move forward or backward showing many more brands. When you look below this option, you will find the four images of the best selling phones with price of each phone given below them. Below the best selling smartphones, we can find 12 images of popular mobiles along with their prices. Lastly, there are four images of the upcoming mobiles which are yet to be released in the market with their prices shown as Rs.0 since they are not yet released in the market. The links to almost all the featured stores are listed towards the bottom of the page in the form of a continuously moving banner with left and right small black arrow on the right hand side to move forward and backward among these featured dealers of the products. You can also register for exclusive deals, events and offers by providing your email address. Next to this, you will find links to Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in, Blogger, Pinterest and Gtalk if you want to follow shopguide.in on any of these social networking sites. On the extreme right hand side to this information, one can find the contact mobile number of shopguide.in. On the right side panel, you will find the information about the newly launched smartphones with its price at the top of the panel. Presently, you will find Samsung Galaxy S4 with a price tag of Rs.43,999 displayed here. Below this, there are two links of sony.co.in and grabmore.in which are followed by the links of the latest news and events. Clicking the moving banner at the top which is about "Samsung Galaxy Tab" will open a new window giving comparative prices of all brands of tablets, popular tablets, new tablets for 2013 and upcoming tablets. When you click on any device with the price quoted under it, it will take you to a new window of shopguide.in where the list of several sellers offering the same product at different prices, starting with the lowest price to the highest price is given. The stock position or availability of the device at a particular shop is also displayed. Shipping terms are also made known to the buyer. Just above these, the buyer can get the links to the specifications, expert review, videos and pictures of the product in question. Once the buyer is satisfied with the specifications and reviews and availability of the product with a certain seller/ sellers, the buyer can go to the website of the seller and order the product directly from the seller. This saves the time of the buyer searching individual seller websites and compare prices.
Shopping guide for latest offers, top websites, top brands
At the extreme bottom of the home page of shopguide.in, you will find the shopping guide giving you the top 10 mobiles, upcoming mobiles, best selling mobiles, cheap mobiles, expensive mobiles and the latest mobiles. The buyer is provided with the latest offers of smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S3, Apple iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 820, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Tab 2 and Micromax Funbook Alpha. The shopping guide is provided for top websites like flipkart.com, Ebay,in, Snapdeal.in, Homeshop18.com, Tradus.com and Shopclues.com. Shopping guide information is also given for top brands like Samsung, Nokia, Micromax, HTC, Sony and Apple. You have to just click on the link to go to the relevant shopping guide. One wonderful feature of the shopguide.in is that you can set a price alert giving your price. Once you put in your price alert, you will receive an email when the shopguide.in detects a lower price of the product. Suppose you want to set a price alert for Samsung Galaxy S4. You have to go to the shopping guide page of Samsung Galaxy S4 by clicking on the image of the product at the home page, you will find the "Set price alert" button just below the quoted price of the smartphone. Clicking on this button, the 'Set price alert' dialogue can be seen. On this dialogue, you will be shown the lowest price of Samsung Galaxy S4 as Rs.43999. You have to write your target price and email address in the boxes provided. Tick the small box "Notify me of other relevant price drops from shopguide. Finally click on the submit button and your price alert is set. You will be sent an email by shopguide.in if the price of Samsung Galaxy S4 happens to fall below Rs.43,999 at any time,
The last word
Shopguide.in is the genuine shopping guide to help the buyers to compare all aspects of the products with regard to their prices, delivery time, availability, features, specifications, reviews, videos, images etc. This helps a buyer to make the right judgement while buying a product. I have not come across a shopping guide which is so illustrative and informative as the shopguide.in.
Price comparison is becoming an necessity before buying any product online. It is a very useful service and plays a significant role in the online shopping. i usually refer price-hunt.com , which is a real time price search engine and gives current and updated best price of any product, unlike many other website who give outdated data