Tis the Season for shopping and the Windows 10 Store has a small collection of apps that might help you find the perfect gift for friends or family. We've pulled a few apps from this collection to spotlight in this week's Windows Central Roundup.
These apps, many from online retailers, are an easy way to do your Holiday Shopping while on the go or from the comfort of your living room couch. The Windows 10 collection is a little on the thin side, only offering up ten apps. We'll highlight a few of them and add links for their Windows Phone counterparts. If your favorite Windows shopping app did not make the list, feel free to offer up your recommendation in the comments below.
There was a time not too long ago that http://Amazon.com?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU36381 only sold books. Today the online retailer sells everything from books to toys to computers to groceries. The http://Amazon.com?tag=wpcentralb-20 appis available from both the Windows 10 and Windows Phone Stores and gives you access to the popular shopping website while on the go. You can sign in with your http://Amazon.com?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU36381 account, make purchases, check order status and order history.
Items can be searched by category, keyword or, with the Windows Phone version, you can scan the bar code of items on store shelves to see if http://Amazon.com?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU36381 offers the same at a lower price. The barcode scanner can even be pinned to your Windows Phone Start Screen for easy access.
Another way comparing prices can be helpful is that it allows you to tap into the customer reviews from http://Amazon.com?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU36381 These reviews could give you enough insight to avoid a bad purchase.
The http://Amazon.com?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU36381 desktop app is available from the Windows 10 Store with the mobile app being available from the Windows Phone Store. Both are free titles and a handy way to shop while on the go or from the comfort of your recliner.
Looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life? eBay is a good place to search for those hard to find items as well as unique gifts. The eBay app delivers the features you will find on the website to your Windows Phone.
You can access and manage your account, receive notifications when purchases are sent, track purchases, list items to sell, and purchase/bid on items from your Windows Phone. If you are bidding on an item, you can pin it to your Windows Phone Start Screen to track its status.
If you cannot find an item locally or trying to find an out of production item, eBay may be a good resource to check. It is a free app available from both the Windows Phone and Windows 10 Stores.
Wish is an online retail service that sells everything from clothes to gadgets. The selection of items includes trendy and unique items from international markets. It was one of our summer Hidden Gems and is available from both the Windows 10 and Windows Phone Stores.
Wish does require a free account that can be setup through your Facebook account or based on your email address. Once the account is established the app will need to know the gender and age bracket you are shopping for.
Wish will then use this information to generate a list of items based on that demographic. One could consider Wish as a personal shopper of sorts but your shopping choices are not limited to the items that surface based on your demographics. Wish has a broad variety of shopping categories that includes shoes, tops, bottoms, watches, underwear, electronics, home décor and more. The app offers you customer reviews of the items, reviews of the merchant, size ratings and customer images of the items.
Pricing is competitive and shipping rates, while not free, it is very reasonable. We have been impressed with Wish and a fantastic shopping app and can see why it made Microsoft's Holiday Shopping Collection.
For those not familiar with NewEgg, it is an online technology retailer that offers just about everything electronic. You can pick up computers, computer accessories, Windows Phones, toys and more. Pricing is competitive and at times significantly discounted.
The NewEgg Windows 10 app delivers the website deals to your Windows 10 computer or tablet. There is not a Windows Phone version of the app.
From the NewEgg app you can sign into and manager your NewEgg account, search for items by keyword, browse the merchandise categories, and sift through the many deals NewEgg has to offer.
Listings offers an overview of the product, product images and customer feedback. You can add the item to your Wish List for future purchase, as well as flagging the item to receive alerts should the price drop on the item.
There is not a lot of flash with the NewEgg Windows 10 app but it does a nice job of giving your direct access to the storefront. The app is available in both the Windows 10 and Windows Phone Stores.