December 7, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Last week, eBay acquired Milo.com, a shopping website that provides search results for products in stock at local retailers. eBay is already putting that deal to use by incorporating Milo results into the Red Laser barcode scanner application.
Red Laser scans the UPC (barcode) of products in stores and then searches for prices offered by online retailers and current eBay auctions. The app highlights when an auction is listed by a Top Seller, product condition, and if Free Shipping is an option. That gives consumers the option of price comparing auctions or traditional retail options.
The inclusion of Milo now brings real-world sales into the mix. Red Laser lists results in sections, so eBay results are under one header, online sellers under another, and now Milo – along with TheFind.com – reveal the cost at brick and mortar stores nearby. Download Red Laser from the Android Market for free, and be sure to read our previous shopping apps article that featured a pre-sale Milo.
Note: eBay says that Red Laser does not require autofocus, so Motorola Devour and other users who were previously unable to use barcode scanning apps should check this out.