Handy price checker apps for you

PETALING JAYA: As Malaysians brace for price increases in essential food items such as chicken, eggs and cooking oil, local price checker apps may be handy to help find the lowest prices available.

The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry is encouraging consumers to download its Price Catcher application, which allows users to view the prices of specific items from various locations and make comparisons.

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For example, consumers can check the price for 1kg of chicken thighs and see how they are priced at different locations, such as grocery stores, supermarkets and more.

The prices will be displayed from the lowest to highest. Consumers will get information based on their own location data.

The app also allows users to view prices of goods from various ecommerce stores, though the choices are limited to only three platforms.

According to the ministry in a Facebook post on June 27, the information on the app is updated daily by its price monitoring officers based on checks at various locations.

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Price Catcher is free to download from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Another price checker app that consumers can consider is Hargapedia.

They can check for the prices of items based on specific brands – from online platforms such as Shopee to supermarkets like Jaya Grocer, Giant and Lotus.

The app will display dates to provide validity of the pricing.

The information will also be filtered according to data provided by users such as location, age and income level.

The app can also direct consumers to the online platform so that purchases can be made from the site or outlet.

However, the app does not indicate if an item has sold out. Hence, consumers will only find out once they have been directed to the shopping site.

Full price listings are also only available to users who register on the app.

Hargapedia can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Huawei AppGallery.

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