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Scanta Claus is Coming to Town - Price Comparison Arrives Just in Time for the Holidays
This holiday season Santa Claus is going high tech and becoming Scanta Claus. His oversized red sack is jammed packed with SAVINGS!
See a Christmas present you want to buy at the local retailer? Just scan the products bar code and then select between a discount at the store you are in, or see offers from stores down the way in the mall or from the “Big Dot Com Commerce Giants” like Amazon or eBay. Maybe for the first time in history the old axiom is now a truth. Customer is King.
I-phones, Smart phones and any Android device is now a modern high tech tool for saving dollars and stretching your gift giving budget this holiday season. Scanning to Conduct Commerce, or as it is now called ScanCommerce, began as the brainchild of a mad Texas inventor in 1993 and was unleashed on the world in 1999 with RadioShack unveiling the first scan to conduct commerce catalog enabled with Cues which could be scanned. Although the catalog did millions in sales and over 1,000,000 users adopted the initial consumer scanning device, the idea became a “feline failure” when the original scan commerce device went up in the dot com flames of the early 2000’s. Tech writers, me included, said no one would scan bar codes just to be sold to. But sometimes we tech writers are wrong. Today any device with a camera can serve the dual role as a scanner and thus we all can become Scanta Claus.
Google, Ebay, Microsoft and 100 other major technology companies have all licensed the ScanCommerce patent portfolio and introduced apps to enable consumers to shop smarter and save more. Here are the apps that 150,000,000 of your closest friends are sure to be using this holiday season. So much for not scanning a bar code just to be sold to or see advertisements. ScanCommerce is currently estimated to account for $1 Billion in sales annually. Forrester Research reports total mobile commerce at $3 Billion with an estimated $31 Billion by 2016. As much as 50% to 75% may come from ScanCommerce.
Scanta Claus’s “Try These” ScanCommerce Apps for Christmas 2011
ShopSavvy – Facebook Co-Founder funded Shop, Scan and save app may have as many as 10,000,000 users already.
Google Shopper – Android and iPhone. Shop, scan and Save. Estimated 11,000,000 users.
RedLaser – eBay Owned Android and iPhone app. Shop, Scan and Save app with over 12,000,000 downloaded users (56,000,000 total eBay Scan Compare App users).
Pic2Shop – Android and iPhone app. Shop, Scan and Save plus reviews and coupons. Estimated 200,000 users.
PriceCheck – owned by Amazon. iPhone app for Shop, Scan and Save directly back to Amazon. May have as many as 15,000,000 users.
ScanLife – Shop, Scan, Compare, Review, Share and Save. Estimated 5,000,000 users.
Scandit – All Major Mobile Platforms. Shop, Scan, Share and Compare. 50,000 users.
ZXing Scan – Shop, Scan, Compare, Share, Review and Save. Could have as many as 50,000,000 downloads.
Find out more at http://www.Scancommerce.org
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ScanCommerce is currently estimated to account for $1 Billion in sales annually. See more at Scancommerce.org.