I remember years ago when my grandmother would have large catalogs stacked on her coffee table. It use to be fun to flip through the catalogs to see the newest fashions or dream about how I would decorate my home when I grew up. Catalogs definitely began my loving relationship with shopping. Now I find myself looking for the newest fashion and home decor on the internet. I use to get the weekend paper. I didn’t get it for the news I got it for the ads. Always looking for the next big steal.
I was recently introduced to the iPad and iPhone app called Catalog Spree. With Catalog Spree you can flip through hundreds of catalogs right in one place. Instead of stacks of catalogs you have one app.
Catalog Spree App
It’s easy to set up your account just select an email and password. You will then be asked to make some catalog selections by deciding if you like, don’t know, or want to hide a catalog. You will also chose what type of products you usually shop for.
Once you have filled out all this information the app will populate it with catalogs they find are a good fit for you. Once you are all set up you can do a number of different things. You can flip through the catalogs and add items to lists. You can create multiple lists.
If you like what you see and want to see the details of the product you simply click “see details” and you will be taken to the product page on the store’s site. Not to worry you can always hit the back button to get back to the catalog when you would like.
My favorite feature is the “Price Watch”. With the price watch feature while you are flipping through the catalogs you can save items that you are interested in but maybe are hoping there will be a sale or a price cut. When on the item you select Price Watch to add it to your Price Watch tab in the app.
It immediately circles the item in the catalog so you will know when flipping through it again later that you have already placed that item on Price Watch.
There are several options on the left hand side. You can select “What’s New” and you will be given the newest catalogs. If you select departments you can filter your catalogs by what you are looking for. For example I selected departments and selected electronics and was given pages of electronic catalogs to flip through.
When you select A-Z a list will appear with all the catalogs in the app. This is great if you know exactly what store you want to browse through. The last item is Gift Center, this button is full of catalogs with great gifts. Valentine’s Day is only days away. When I clicked on this button I found several catalogs geared toward the romantic holiday.
Overall the app is easy to use and I could flip through catalogs all day. Also since you can click right through to the store you can make a purchase immediately.