Froogle is an online store search engine
. It is still in Beta
, but it is already great. You can type in a few keywords
(for example, "CD Burner") and hit search
, and you will see, in a nice tidy
format complete with thumbnail
pictures, short description
s, and price
s, a list of things that Froogle thinks are CD burner
s. You may have some false results, such as burner
s for stove
s or CD-ROM drive
s, but in general things will go smoothly. You can search in categories
and specify a range of prices to narrow down your results. I think the only problem is that there isn't a unified payment system for all the stores that Froogle searches, although PayPal could simplify things quite a bit.
This could help smaller independent stores succeed in an online market dominated by giants like Amazon.com, which I view as a good thing, since it promotes competition.
If you want to try it out, the address is: