If you’re a savvy shopper and like to compare prices before making a purchase, nothing is better than knowing you are getting the best deal. When I am shopping for anything, saving money is a big priority. And really, who doesn’t like to save a few bucks these days?
I have always used my iPhone to do a quick google search to compare prices on larger purchases. But what if you could do this on nearly every purchase you make using only the product’s barcode? RedLaser from Occipital LLC is a very handy app that lets you do just that.
How RedLaser Works
RedLaser uses it’s advanced scanning technology and your iPhone’s camera to find information about nearly every item with a barcode. When you launch the app and press the scan button, your iPhone will display RedLaser’s scanning interface. Hold the iPhone still and align the arrows with the barcode you are trying to scan.
The arrows will turn from white to green when the barcode is in the correct position. RedLaser will then instantly scan the barcode and make a sound just like you are checking out at the store. Barcodes may also be entered manually in the rare case that the scanner won’t work.
If you are wanting to scan multiple items without viewing info, move the slide to the multiple position and start scanning away.
There are a few rules to scanning that need to be followed in order for RedLaser to work properly. The barcode must be upright and be either eight or twelve digits for UPC labels and thirteen digits for EAC labels. It is also recommended that you avoid glare and shadows.
After The Scan
After scanning the product’s barcode, RedLaser will do a Google product search and display a list of retailers and prices. You can select your chosen source from the list and purchase the item directly on the apps built in web browser. RedLaser will also let you view local results using your iPhone’s built in GPS capabilities so you can pick your item up at the store and save on shipping. Products you scan are then added to your list of scanned items for future viewing.
While RedLaser is great for books, movies, electronics, etc. it is also a very useful tool for grocery items. You can compare prices of food and drink items using RedLaser, however the most prominent feature would be the health and nutrition information it provides.
When a grocery item barcode is scanned you have the option of viewing nutrition facts and allergen information using the built in browser. This is a great feature for the person trying to watch their weight or someone with food allergies.
Editing Your List
When items are scanned, they are added to your list of items that are viewable upon opening RedLaser. To delete an item simply slide your finger across the item in the list and the delete button will appear. You can also use the edit button and do a mass deletion of your list using the clear function.
If you have certain items you want to keep but want to clear out the majority of your list, you can select “favorites” by tapping the star next to the particular item. When the clear function is used, favorites will not be deleted with the rest of the items.
What To Do With Your List
RedLaser gives you the added bonus of being able to email your list to yourself or a friend. This way you can view your items on your computer as opposed to the small screen of the iPhone. It even attaches your list as a text file so you can edit and save your list later.
How Accurate Is It?
RedLaser’s iTunes description reads “impossibly accurate barcode scanning.” I have to agree after testing it out. I must have tested over fifty barcodes and only ran into one that RedLaser couldn’t detect. However, if RedLaser is unable to find the product they give you a feature that lets you take a photo of item and submit it so the developers can add it to database.
It’s not too often you come across a utility app that is worth the money, let alone one that will actually save you some. RedLaser is an accurate, dependable solution for saving money while shopping.
Simplicity and easy to use features combined with advanced technology make RedLaser definitely worth giving a try.