10 of the Most Popular Online Mobile Shopping Apps

Apps that make it easier than ever to purchase almost anything online

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You no longer need a desktop or laptop computer to purchase some of your favorite things now thanks to the increasing availability of mobile shopping apps from some of the world's biggest and most popular retailers.

Discovering products, adding them to your online shopping cart and completing your order from a smartphone or tablet has never been easier or more convenient. Here are 10 of the most popular online mobile shopping apps that every shopoholic should consider downloading.

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Amazon: Where You Can Buy Almost Anything

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What We Like
  • Enormous variety.

  • Excellent customer service.

What We Don't Like
  • Prime membership is costly.

  • Not all items are sold directly by Amazon, so non-Prime purchase satisfaction can vary.

Amazon is among the largest online retailers in the world that has almost any and every product you could possibly think of. Get full product details and read loads of helpful reviews for anything you search through the Amazon app.

As an added bonus, you can scan barcodes on products or snap a photo of it to compare prices on the app or check its availability status. When finished shopping, you can complete your orders through your Amazon account (or Amazon Prime account if you're a member) and even finish your transactions faster with 1-click functionality if you have it set up.

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eBay: Buy or Bid on Both Used and New Goods

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What We Like
  • Mobile app is convenient and easy to use.

  • Great bargains on brand-name items.

What We Don't Like
  • Buyers must be vigilant to make sure they're getting good deals, authentic merchandise, and reasonable shipping.

  • Sellers incur charges based on selling prices of items.

eBay might have been all the rage in the early days of the web, but it's is still one of the web's leading sites to get almost anything you need—new or used, and sometimes for quite the bargain.

With the eBay mobile app, you can both buy and sell items, use the barcode scanner to find specific products, set up notifications on your listed items, get bid alerts and so much more. Your homepage also includes Watched items, your feed and eBay Deals.

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Etsy: The Place to Go for Everything Handmade

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What We Like
  • Shopping is easy and fun.

  • Limitless assortment of unique, hard-to-find, and niche items.

What We Don't Like
  • Customer service is reportedly hit or miss.

  • Sellers face high fees.

If you want unique, crafty, handmade or vintage items, then Etsy is the place to go. The products you find here often can't be found anywhere else.

Whether you're a shop owner or someone looking to great things to buy, you can do it all with the Etsy app. Enjoy full-screen listings, customizable options, and an easy way to add any item to your cart.

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Apple Store: Indulge in All Your Apple Gadget Desires

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What We Like
  • Option to use voice in searches.

  • Centralized source for genuine Apple products.

What We Don't Like
  • No non-Apple operating system versions.

  • Some might feel that a dedicated app is unnecessary when items are available through the Apple website.

Apple fans and gadget lovers are going to love to learn that there is indeed a dedicated app for the one and only Apple Store. Perhaps not surprisingly, this app is only available in a version for its own mobile platform—iOS.

With the official Apple Store app, you can research products, personalize your browsing experience, buy products straight through the app, schedule an item pickup or make a Genius Bar appointment at your nearest Apple Store location.

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Target: Find Great Deals on Your Favorite Brands

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What We Like
  • Can create a shopping list for in-store visits.

  • Can order ahead for pickup.

What We Don't Like
  • Occasionally glitchy.

  • Store layouts and inventories sometimes outdated.

If you love the deals and variety of stuff you can get from Target, then the Target app might just be the convenient resource you need to help you save more time when still getting all your shopping done.

You can use the app to check out the WeeklyAd for your nearest store, build a shopping list right inside the app, add anything to your cart, check out and even enjoy free pickup from store locations near you. Its former savings Cartwheel has been rolled right into the Target app as well for even greater convenience.

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Walgreens: Get Your Prescriptions and Drugstore Items Here

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What We Like
  • Handy customized pill reminder.

  • Ability to order photos easily and quickly.

What We Don't Like
  • Number and frequency of notifications can be annoying.

  • Most recent update (2018) can be buggy.

For all your pharmaceutical needs, the Walgreens app truly delivers. To refill your prescriptions, you can use the handy built-in scanner to can the code on your bottles for instant refills.

Create reminders, collect rewards on refills, chat live with a pharmacy professional and even get all your photo printing needs done all within the app. This app has been rated one of the best by its users.

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Walmart: Get the Lowest Prices on Everything You Need

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The Walmart app.
What We Like
  • Several easy ways to find latest bargains.

  • Easy prescription refills.

What We Don't Like
  • Latest update (2018) eliminated ability to scan receipts into Savings Catcher.

  • Inventory isn't always up to date.

Amazon might seem like the ruler of online retail, but Walmart is still the retail king—both online and offline. With the Wamart app, you get a ton of features to help you find what you're looking for and make your purchases.

Build your own shopping list, use the barcode scanner to find things, view the Local Ad and Rollbacks, make your payment fast with the self-register checkout and even get all your pharmacy shopping done.

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Best Buy: Electronics Galore

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What We Like
  • Inventory generally up to date.

  • Can scan in-store items for more information.

What We Don't Like
  • Can be slow.

  • Can be a bit unintuitive for those who aren't tech-savvy.

For technology lovers, Best Buy is often their first stop to pick up everything from computer parts and electronics, to the latest gadgets and accessories.

You can do all of that now with the Best Buy app, complete with the entire product catalog of all Best Buy listings, a built-in store locator, a reward points system, deals of the day, a wishlist feature and so much more.

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Zappos Mobile: Clothing and Shoes for Days and Days

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What We Like
  • Free next-day shipping for many items.

  • Excellent assortment of shoes from broad range of designers and brands.

What We Don't Like
  • No support for Google Pay.

  • Slightly outdated and slow.

For those who are into the latest fashion and hot deals, Zappos is often a destination on the web to get almost anything.

The Zappos app lets you browse by brands, shoes and clothing while also giving you the chance to save any of your searches for later.

Create search filters, watch product videos, enable notifications for when products are back in stock, checkout with your account, track your orders and even make returns all within the app.

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Wanelo Shopping: A Digital Mall Where You Can Discover New Products

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What We Like
  • Great way to find deals not available on merchants' websites.

  • Excellent selection of items.

What We Don't Like
  • Lots of notifications.

  • Users have reported a few inappropriate images and products.

Wanelo is the ultimate app for discovering and collecting products from all of your favorite stores all in one convenient place.

Follow stores and people to keep up with what's new and enjoy a feed full of gorgeous product imagery customized just the way you like it. You can create multiple wishlists to keep them organized and check out the handpicked lists of specific stores and people you may be interested in following.

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