From Wikipedia: Price
Comparison Service - History, Technology and
Many consider comparison-shopping
to be the essence of the Internet. Search engines and social
networking sites (the most utilized resources online today)
display information based on simple queries. It is up to the
user to determine which result(s) best suit their needs. In
other words... they comparison shop.
Comparison shopping sites
were initially limited to retail products, however, aggregators
soon cropped up in some of the larger service related industries
such as Travel, Auto Insurance and Mortgages. In recent years,
"Niche" comparison shopping engines have appeared
across the spectrum of services; including VOIP, Cell Phones,
Event Ticketing, Dental Insurance, Student Loans, Prescription
Drugs and Satellite TV providers... just to name a few.
Regardless of the
product or service, CSE's provide a quick and easy way to
funnel massive options down to the single best choice.
Although price is by far
the main reason people comparison shop, ratings and reviews
of both the product and seller assist consumers in making
better educated decisions.
aka: Comparative Shopping, Shopping
Comparison, Price Engine
Prices, Reviews, Ratings
Currrent CSE Leader List:
Shopping.com, Shopzilla.com, BizRate.com, Yahoo Shopping,
NexTag, PriceGrabber, MSN Shopping, Smarter, Become, Google
advisers suggest visiting several of these sites to locate
the best bargain. Instead of browsing to them one at a time
and repeatedly typing in the item, you may want to consider
using our sister site - ComparisonShop.com. It will give you
access to results of the 10 best price comparison engines
from one page. Regardless, effective online comparative shopping
will save you both time and money.