Black Friday Survival Guide: Apps and Tips for 2012

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Black Friday Survival Guide: Apps and Tips for 2012


It’s that wonderful time of year again when shoppers gear up to move out in hordes to participate in Black Friday, the yearly post-Thanksgiving shopper’s super sale. Every year Black Friday gets a little wilder and crazier, so we prepared a survival guide that will ensure you’re victorious in securing some sweet deals this Friday.

Here are some essential apps to help you stay ahead of the pack:


Not only will it save you money, it’s totally fun! The app is basically a game where shoppers earn points called “kicks” that lead to rewards and discounts from leading retailers. Simply walk into a participating store and scan participating products to unlock incredible deals. shopkick works at popular stores such as Target, Macy’s, Best Buy, Crate&Barrel, Old Navy, Toys”R”Us, Exxon and Mobil, with more stores being added to the network regularly. Download Now >

Out of Milk

Out of Milk provides an easy-to-use and intuitive Shopping List, To-Do List and Pantry List and is an essential tool in your shopping arsenal for this Friday. The lists can be as simple or as detailed as you’d like, providing the ability to specify price, quantity, unit, coupons and notes, and many more features. To add a product to your shopping list you simply scan the barcode, so this app is great for scouting out purchases in advance. Download Now for Android >

Price Rhythm

Need personal advice about what products to buy? Price Rhythm has got you covered. The personal shopping assistant app lets you access all the info you need by simply scanning the barcode on a product label. The app delivers stellar recommendations, price comparison, product reviews, pros & cons, buyers checklist and much more. Download Now >

Need a bottle of wine to mellow out after dealing with the crazies all day? With you easily access information about any bottle of wine by scanning a barcode in-store. You can also narrow wines by vineyard and vintage and access over 2,000,000 notes and ratings through’s massive CellarTracker database. Download Now for iOS >


One thing that is awesome about all these apps is that they all utilize the Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK, enabling interaction with products by simply scanning products in the store.  Using these apps will put you a cut above the rest as you head into the craziest shopping season of the year.


Other Black Friday Essentials*:

-A smartphone. Don’t leave home without it!

-Gas mask (in case the crazy pepper spray lady comes back in 2012)

-Rubber gloves and medical kit (you never know)

-Helmet and padding (couldn’t hurt)

-Herding dog to keep the crowds at bay (Example: Australian Shepard)

-Smoke bombs (for distracting others as you hustle for that HDTV)

-Pretty much anything you need during a zombie apocalypse.

*Be sure to check with your local government for regulations.


Don’t want to deal with the madness of Black Friday? No problem. Pull up a comfy chair and get ready for Cyber Monday.  We’ll have another survival guide coming soon!