Showrooming, Deal Hunting and Other Shopper Problems

by Gigi Ross on December 10, 2012

Are you a showroomer?

You know, where you go into a store to shop for an item, and then go home, use the internet to find a better price, and then buy it online?

My name is Gigi, and I am a showroomer.

I am paralyzed from making purchases in a store that I haven’t researched fully online. Just about any purchase over $20? I will not buy in a store until I go home first and look it up. Or, I’ll even stand there in the store with my phone, trying to do web searches to find the cheapest price or a review about the product to make sure THIS is the item I really want to buy.

Sometimes, this is a great thing. I save a lot of money. Other times, not so good. Showrooming backfires on me. I don’t find a cheaper price online, and by the time I go back to the store to get it, it’s gone.

Other shopping problems I have?

1. Dragging around paper lists with me. I’m still a bit old school. The problem is, I don’t always remember to bring the lists when I leave the house (this is a function of being 44). Last week, I went Christmas shopping, only to find that the kids’ handwritten lists were not in my purse. Wasted trip.

2. My shopper loyalty and reward cards literally weigh 10 pounds in my wallet. I have so many that I can never find the one I need when I need it.

3. Sometimes I DON’T showroom, buy something in the store, and then find there was an awesome coupon for whatever I bought that I missed.

Fortunately, I have found an app that can help me with all of my shopping ailments and more: RedLaser.

I’ve used a lot of price comparison and shopping apps before, but this one really does have a slew of features.

If you’re a compulsive showroomer like I am, you will love this app!

My kid put the Disney Universe game for XBox on his Christmas list. Before I had this app, I had traveled to three different stores trying to find it. It came out last year, I think, so it’s not something you can just walk in and pick up. At the third store, I finally found the game for $29.99. Not bad.

But since I’m a showroomer, and since I had just heard about this Red Laser app, I went home, downloaded the app, and searched for Disney Universe.

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And then I felt really stupid for having wasted gas traveling to three different stores, because Red Laser showed me that it was out of stock at 2 of the 3 stores near me. You see, you can search items online AND in-store (yay!). I also read some ratings and reviews about the game.

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So, I was pretty happy about that $29.99 price at the third store, until I checked the online pricing for Disney Universe.

I found that I could snap up a copy, new and sealed, from eBay for $19.99. A few clicks later, I had purchased it via eBay, with free shipping, all within Red Laser. It arrived three days later. SCORE ONE for the showroomer!


I also used Red Laser to confirm that Amazon had the 9″ polesaw my husband wanted for the cheapest price, and that in fact, no one within 50 miles of my house had any of those damn blue Furbies in stock.

Red Laser does a bunch of other cool stuff, too. You can scan your loyalty cards into the app, so you don’t need to carry them around in your wallet. When you do this, you can also easily view whatever deals that merchant is currently offering by pressing the “deals” button.

You can also make wish lists – great for holiday time. Add items via your history, by scanning a QR code or using the RedLaser search tool. You can share the wish lists with grandparents or friends via Facebook, Twitter and SMS.

Or, if you simply want to check all of the deals that a merchant is currently offering online, you press the Deals icon and you can get them all in one place.


RedLaser doesn’t just work for Christmas shopping, though. You can take it to the grocery store and use the QR code scanning feature to get nutritional and allergy information about any product with a bar code.

So whether you’re a showroomer, a deal hunter, a mom of kids with allergies, or you’re just  tired of carrying around 173 loyalty cards in your wallet, RedLaser’s got something to offer you. Check it out!

This post is brought to you by RedLaser. Get the free app at RedLaser.

Disclosure: I received compensation in exchange for this post; however, all opinions are my own.


Kerry Ann @Vinobaby's Voice December 10, 2012 at 5:34 am

Pretty cool app. I am a total showroomer, especially at Christmas, and I run around town hunting down prices far too often. I’ll have to check it out.

Barbara December 10, 2012 at 9:30 am

Love that it can tell you if it’s in stock or not! Definitely downloading this one.

Chris Carter December 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

OMGOSH!!! I am definitely gonna download this app!! Thanks for the info! Sounds amazing… :)

Jennifer December 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Guess what I wrote about today? Yep, RedLaser. It really is truly awesome. Did you see that you can e-mail or text those lists to someone else? THAT is fantastic.

Stephanie @ Hugs, Kisses and Snot December 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I didn’t know there was a name for my affliction…My name is Stephanie and I’m a Showroomer. I still am waiting to buy a Lego set b/c I refuse to pay full price. I think I am going to love this app!

jake brongteky December 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Thanks for sharing this list to everyone. I’m very glad I surf on this webblog and saw this great blog list.

Deanna Whitten December 11, 2012 at 6:46 am

Thank you for this Redlaser Info. I hate Shopping with a passion and I am one that runs in and runs out… So now I can do my research before I leave the home… Thank you!!

Leigh Ann December 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I’m a showroomer too! And Christian just used RedLaser the other day in Target and found the toy we were looking at for way cheaper at of all places.

Erin I'm Gonna Kill Him December 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Can you save me money?

Showroomer. I like it.

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