'Showrooming' is the practice of checking out goods in a physical retail store before buying them online (much to the chagrin of shopkeepers.) Now the phenomenon has its own Android app that lets you scan product barcodes and instantly compare with the best online prices.
Showrooming picture from Shutterstock
Crowdbuy.info is a shopping application designed to bring you the best online prices on retail products. When you scan a product's barcode it automatically pulls the best online deals from Amazon, eBay and their networks which amounts to thousands of stores.
You can then tap through to the best bargain and make your purchase from right there in the store (if you want to be a dick about it).
While Crowdbuy.info isn't the first showrooming app to hit the Android market, its integration with eBay and Amazon does increase your chances of landing a local deal or an item that can be shipped to Australia. Just be aware that overseas stores will involve lengthier shipping times which may result in receiving your parcels sometime after Christmas.
You can download the Crowdbuy.info app from the Android Play Store. An iOS version is "coming soon".