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Best phone apps for Black Friday price comparing

The turkey's cooked and your belly is full, but is your cell phone charged before you head out for the best Black Friday deals?

Tech expert Ken Colburn with Data Doctors warned that you'll want your cell phone loaded with a worthwhile shopping app.

He rates the Amazon app as number one on his list, due in large part for its convenience.

"Amazon sells everything lately," he said. "With its shopping app, you can scan any barcode and look up what Amazon sells it for."

PC Magazine places Amazon's shopping app third on its list with Buy Via and Red Laser first and second, respectively.

Buy Via placed top on the magazine's list because of its extensive reach and a buyer's guide that helps shoppers navigate technically-challenging product details.

Red Laser came in a close second for much of the same reasons, plus its bonus coupons.

Before you dive into the internet to buy every gift online, Colburn says there is a big price to pay on the backside of each holiday season as consumers use the shopping apps for online deals.

"These price check apps are great, but remember: If you don't support your local retailer, they'll all go away," he warned. "[Then] you'll have only one place to buy things, so keep that in mind as you make your purchasing decisions."

About the Author

Holliday Moore is a Phoenix native with more than 25 years experience in the local and national broadcast and media industry. A graduate of ASU's journalism program, with a second major in Marketing & Management, she considers herself one of the lucky few to be doing exactly what she loves, writing and producing news.

In 2012, she won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for a light feature radio story on snakes. For the record, snakes do not say much! She is also honored to be one of two nominees this year for a Mark Twain Award involving her series on Arizona drowning cases.

Among her career accomplishments, Moore has taken home a television Emmy for Cultural Issues Reporting on the Navajo/Hopi Partition Land Act. She has also won numerous Emmy nominations for hard, soft and even sports reporting. However, Moore considers her highest achievement was on the day she received the prestigious Walter Cronkite Political Excellence Award for developing the Scripps Television stations' Democracy 2000 & 2002 program. Bob Morford, ABC 15's News Director at the time, asked Moore to head the project with one wish, "Try not to lose ratings," he said. "We not only did not lose ratings," says Moore, "We actually improved ratings between the coveted 5:00-6:30pm news block."

"She created, designed and executed the award winning program," recalls Morford, "Her efforts brought a great deal of notice and credit to our station."

Moore loves a challenge and is an adrenaline junky by nature. She ran 400 hurdles in college and more recently half marathons to raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She works part time for KTAR Radio while volunteering for her young son's elementary school and running a freelance media services business.


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