"Keeping a shopping list with the iM Shopping Cart just makes sense, no more wads of paper in my pocket! And i-Mentalist group makes it so seamless, just like all their apps which make my electronic life “work” in real life." - Joe, BlackBerry App World User
With iM Shopping Cart by i-Mentalist.com, you have the ability to create multiple lists (groceries, home repairs, auto, etc) and include multiple stores/locations within it. This means I can create a list for groceries and include both Walmart, where I buy my dog’s food, as well as Safeway, where I purchase the majority of my other grocery items.
|Developer: i-Mentalist||Version (at time of review): 1.0.18|
| File Size: 4.05 MB
||OS Requirements: Smartphone: 5.0+ Tablet: 1.0+|
|Cost: $2.99||Website: http://www.i-mentalist.com|
iM Shopping Cart comes jam packed with a ton of cool features. You'll never need to dig around for a pen and paper to keep track of all your shopping trip items.
iM Shopping Cart uses a database called iMSCdb. This is the easiest way to search for products and input them into iM Shopping Cart. iMSCdb is currently in Beta but is open to all those who wish to be included in building the database. The service is free and is country specific.
Add a note so you'll never forget little Timmy's construction paper is needed for the big project due next week.
Not only does the app allow you to sort items by stores, you can also use the categories feature to sort items by aisle. When items are connected to categories, iM Shopping Cart will automatically sort the items in to aisles so you'll never have to turn around and go back to find an item.
This comes in handy for those of us who like a particular brand of a specific item. My dog really likes a specific dog food and with the Item and Product Names option in iM Shopping Cart, my husband knows exactly which one to grab. I simply put "dog food" as my item name and "Ole Roy Kibbles Chunks N Chews" for the product name.
Use the in-app camera to snap a picture of the store or logo (you can upload them yourself as well) to make it easier to select certain stores in the app. You can also use the Images option for items to make sure you're buying the right one (comes in great when sending the hubby to grab an item he wouldn't normal purchase).
iM Shopping Cart allows you to keep all your previous lists and tracks your shopping habits. Records include all the information originally included into shopping lists. This way you can track costs and the number of items you are buying at any given time.
To help find an item even quicker within the app, you can select from more than 30 different icons (more coming soon).
Add the price of an item and you'll always know how much money you'll need to get everything on your list. Prices in old shopping lists will remain the same even after you update the price in future trips. This can help you track a store's High/Low weeks so you know when you can get the best deal.
Quantity per Unit
Products are packed in different package sizes. With the Quantity per Unit option you can make sure you're buying the correct package. An easy way to look at this is when adding eggs to iM Shopping Cart you can set that you usual purchase the dozen egg package instead of the half dozen.
Store Connected Items
Connect any item with a specific store so you know where you buy brand specific items. iM Shopping Cart will automatically sort the items by store and you can quickly and easily see what you need to get from each place. If one of your family members is running to one store and you another, send them that store specific list via the Share feature (listed below).
Bar Code Scanner
Now if you can get this option to work (hit or miss on my 9930 and not available on my PlayBook) it's a great way to double check that the item you are purchasing is the correct one. I myself found it easier to just snap a picture versus trying to input the bar code scanner.
My favorite feature is the Recipe option. You can enter in your favorite recipes and the ingredients are connected to items in your database. With a few quick clicks all the items you need are transferred into your shopping list.
If you own your own store or offer delivery service and would like people to have all the new information and products you sell. This would be a great option for those who have home based business like Mary Kay or Pampered Chef. Your clients can send emails in the in-app email system so you can import them into your application and make your deliveries.
In-app Email System
I know it's hard to believe but some people don't use a native email client. With the in-app email system that's ok. You can still send your lists to friends or family members (not available on all devices)
iM Shopping Cart has a built in Import/Export feature so you'll never have to worry about losing your stored information or if you switch devices.
Create a list and share it with family and friends using the in-app email client.
iM Shopping Cart is available for BlackBerry, iOS and Android
Connect the app with your social networks and let your friends know what you're buying especially if it's a great deal on Blackberry Merlot!
This is a really well thought out app. It has just about anything and everything you could possibly need. I use a different list for Warehousestores like Costco and Sam's Club as well as a Home Repair List. The options are endless. iM Shopping Cart is available for most BlackBerry devices and the PlayBook for $2.99 in BlackBerry App World.
iM Shopping Cart
- Easy to use and new items are being added via the database everyday! The UI is really well done and I love being able to add pictures so my husband will get the right item!
- Wish the bar code scanner worked but that's a BlackBerry camera issue not an app issue. You do have to input any items that aren't in the database and since the database is new not a whole lot is in there.
The Bottom Line
This app has the potential to be great. We need more users to add products to the database to make it better. With the future updates that are scheduled to come, I expect this will soon be a favorite of a lot of BlackBerry users as well as other platforms. More information / Purchase iM Shopping Cart