Shopper Takes Your Grocery List Digital

Shopper - Grocery List, Shopping List and Recipes (AppStore Link)
User Reviews
Shopper - Grocery List, Shopping List and Recipes
Developer: The Shopper Network LLC
Price: free Download on the App Store

shopper iphone appShopper - While I generally love to shop, I have to say, I hate making lists. I just do. I like to feel spontaneous and unfettered, and lists of any kind are generally the antithesis of that. With that disclaimer out of the way: as far as list-making goes, Shopper by MidCentury Media is pretty decent. There's a large database of items already in Shopper, organized by category, that make it easy to browse through and add items, or you can simply type in the products you want to buy and add them to the list.

Shopper also allows users to create multiple lists, so if you want to save lists with the ingredients for a specific recipe, or if you want to remember to buy some things at one store but other items at a different store, you can easily keep those lists separate.

In addition, Shopper lets you add in details for every item on your list. The price, any notes on the item — even whether or not you have a coupon for said item. Shopper seems designed to ensure that not only do you never forget anything, but also that you always remember what's on sale, which is certainly an added benefit for all of you list-makers out there.

Shopper offers lots of other nifty little features, like a tax calculator, the ability to add photos to your lists and the option to share lists via email, which could be handy if you and a spouse or a roommate are tag-teaming the shopping.

The only particular downside I found is that I'd prefer if the pre-existing items in Shopper's database were more specific. For example, there's an option for "Cookies" but I want to be able to choose from Oreos, Chips Ahoy or Pepperidge Farm Mint Milanos, you know? Despite my personal laziness on this issue, however, it's not really a crisis.

Overall, I'd say Shopper is a well-made, handy app, especially for only $0.99. There's a pretty major upgrade planned soon as well..

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  • Tanja

    I love Shopper. So far it does most of the things I want (the others will be included in the upcoming upgrade, per store price for one). Shopper is one of the surprisingly few existing shopping list apps that lets you add the price of an item (it's shocking how few grocery / shopping list apps do that) and then not only shows you the total of your list, but distinguishes between what you have in your cart and what you still have on your list.
    I found this extremely helpful for those few times I was tight on money and realised I needed to put an item back. Also, it remembers the price so I can see what I will spend while make the list at home (checking the fridge and pantry). For me, that is basically a must.

    Regarding the cookies: yes, the pre-existing list isn't too extensive (I liked that actually, as I think the items are US-centric? which doesn't help me much in the Netherlands). However, you can add any item you like and you only need to do this once for an item. You can also create a folder / category 'Cookies' if you like, and fill that up will all kinds of cookies :)

    Personally I like that the list isn't too extensive *and* that it doesn't have one of those online database checking things. They get in the way far me (probably because it checks a non-Dutch site).

    Done babbling now. I just really love this app. :)

  • Orez Ero

    As of January 1, 2010, prospective users should know that the app's developers inserted ads into a previously ad-free app that its customers had already paid for. There are now scores, even hundreds, of furious reviews for "Shopper" on iTunes -- it is no longer the app that this site reviewed earlier this year. What's more, support e-mail from the company suggests that it plans to charge its customers a second time in order to allow them to remove the ads that the app did not have in the first place -- a move that, in my opinion at least, resembles a Mafia protection racket in which marks are charged by goons not to be harmed further.

    Both the insertion of ads and the plans to charge customers a second time to have those ads removed bespeak untrustworthiness on the part of the developer. We've all heard stories recently of how Americans have had their credit cards cancelled based on shopping habits like the ones that this app seems to want to track and report to advertisers. Users should ask themselves whether they want to entrust their sensitive shopping patterns to a developer whose practices have already proven to be untrustworthy.

  • Dean

    Hi, strictly speaking the name "Shopper" belongs to another App of mine. Please search "shopper photo32" in the App Store.
    It's not another shopping list App but if you've had to calculate discounts and special offers in your head or sl=plit a restaurant bill as many times as I have then it might be very useful for you.