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It seems to be said over and over again but, as a Mom, we know that time and money are important and we want to find the most efficient way to do things. I recently came across The Catalogue App by TheFind.com. It’s a completely free app and new way to browse through all your favorite store catalogs. Right now is it available for iPad, Kindle Fire and Android (large screen) phones. At any time, there are roughly 95 catalog merchants featuring 175-200 issues inside the app including fashion, beauty, home, kids and more.
Unlike traditional catalogs, Catalogue consumers can pull together their own personal favorites from various brands into one location, check local store availability, take a peek at the retailers sale emails and, “using Camera View”, can even see how an item would look in their own home.
Catalogue also features store email that allows the user to obtain the most recent deals and promotions put out by the brand. News and upcoming events are also collated conveniently inside the app. Here the user can find the best deals and discounts without having to clog their regular email account with unwanted spam.
My Findings: The first thing that I didn’t like about this App is that you can’t sort the catalogs at all. I was looking to but them in alphabetical order or by catagory originally. It made it a little more time consuming to sift through all of the catalogs. There is however, a search option that allows you to look for any item really. My boyfriend and I had come up with his daughters birthday present and I was able to plug it into the search box for a bunch of results. What I liked best was it allowed us to look at the prices at multiple places. I love that their are so many options to choose from as far as product. I also used it to find tons of items for my son’s birthday party. It did take me a few minutes to get the swiping and going back a page options down. I kept sending myself back to the home screen of catalogs which was extremely frustrating.
Catalogue also offers a “green” alternative to the classic catalog shopping:
• 5.6 million tons of catalogs and other direct mail advertisements end up in U.S. landfills annually.
• The average American household receives unsolicited junk mail equal to 1.5 trees every year—more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined.
• 44 percent of junk mail is thrown away unopened, but only half that much junk mail (22 percent) is recycled.
• Americans pay $370 million annually to dispose of junk mail that doesn’t get recycled.
• On average, Americans spend 8 months opening junk mail in the course of their lives.
Crate & Barrel
Harry and David
Home Decorators Collection
Jos A Bank
The Land of Nod
Toys R Us
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