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Capping off SearchDay's shopping search week, here's a roundup of some of the web's most popular and useful shopping and price comparison search engines.

This list is by no means comprehensive. Rather, it focuses on large, popular shopping search services.

Similarly, this roundup focuses only on general purpose shopping search engines. There are countless specialized engines for product categories such as books, computer hardware and software, and so on. I'll take a look at some of those specialized sites in a future issue.

BizRate.com
http://www.bizrate.com/
BizRate allows you to search for products from hundreds of online vendors. Features include merchant ratings, reviews, tax and shipping information, as well as a list of your own most searches and recently viewed products.

Buyer's Index
http://www.buyersindex.com/
Offers search of more than 20,000 web shopping sites and mail order catalogs with over 300 million product offerings. Incorporates reliability indicators from The Public Eye and BizRate.com Buyer's Index also has information about the year established and a 20 word description of each retailer.

eShop - MSN Shopping
http://shopping.msn.com/
MSN Shopping is one of the most popular shopping guides on the web. Offers Buyer's Guides with tips and tools, editors' suggestions, and other features beyond the price comparisons offered by other shopping search sites.

NexTag
http://www.nextag.com/
NexTag is a shopping search engine that offers total price comparison (which displays tax and shipping), store ratings, product reviews, and photos.

mySimon
http://www.mysimon.com/
One of the original shopping search engines, now owned by CNET. mySimon was the creation of Stanford University student Yeogirl Yun, who later became the founder & chief technical officer of Wisenut, a crawler-based search engine now owned by LookSmart.

PriceGrabber
http://www.pricegrabber.com/
PriceGrabber offers user provided merchant and product ratings, product pictures and specifications, and pricing information with "BottomLinePrice" to factor in estimates for applicable sales tax and shipping charges based on the delivery address. Available in English or Spanish, including specialized product searches for retailers in Mexico and Brazil.

PriceScan
http://www.pricescan.com/
PriceScan's database consists of publicly available product and pricing information, including data from magazine ads, vendor catalogs, web sites, etc. Unlike most other shopping search engines, information is presented for both online and offline merchants, and PriceScan does not charge merchants for listings.

Shopping.com
http://www.shopping.com/
Shopping.com is DealTime, with a clean, sparse interface, with just a shopping search engine and a simple hierarchal directory. If you're a "power shopper" that likes DealTime, you'll appreciate Shopping.com's fast performance and uncluttered results.

Yahoo Shopping
http://shopping.yahoo.com/
Yahoo Shopping connects you with thousands of merchants -- traditional retail stores, name-brand catalog companies, small boutiques, and specialty vendors.

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The Shopping Search Week Series

Shopping Search Engine Week!
This week, SearchDay focuses on specialized shopping search engines, with an eye toward helping you make the most of your searching skills during the holiday gift buying season.

Getting Started with Shopping Search
Online shopping is both safe and satisfying, if you start by doing a bit of detective work on both the products you want to buy and the online merchants who sell them.

Inside DealTime's Shopping Search Engine
DealTime is one of the most popular shopping services on the web, despite the fact that it doesn't directly sell any products to consumers.

Shopping Search and Price Comparison Engines
Capping off SearchDay's shopping search week, here's a roundup of some of the web's most popular and useful shopping and price comparison search engines.

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