Product discovery engine Shoppingwish has launched Scandid, a mobile barcode scanner to help you compare prices goods you find offline on online stores. With the mobile app, you can scan the barcode on a product or search by product name and see prices and coupons from online stores.
The Shoppingwish barcode scanning app Scandid, supports barcode scanning for books, electronics, appliances, personal care and other categories. The Pune based price comparison platform had raised angel funding from Sandeep Johri and other angel investors based out of Silicon Valley and New York.
We find the app very useful from a price discovery point of view. For product discovery, barcode is an improvement but image recognition would be ideal! That could be just wishful thinking right now, but we know that a few e-tailers are working on it. The app also supports keyword search, so you don’t need to rely on barcode alone.
Shoppingwish, which competes with product discovery & price comparison sites such as FindYogi, PriceBaba, MySmartPrice and a few others like Ecosystem Ventures backed WiC, is also planning to launch an iOS app soon.
In September, Flipkart launched a native Android application with barcode scanning capabilities. We are likely to see more such apps and it could even be the beginning of a reversal of the Research Online Purchase Offline (Repo) trend.