A Basket of Shopping Search Services

A roundup of other shopping search services worthy of your attention, with links to notable shopping search articles from the past year.


Major comparison shopping search engine for the United Kingdom and other European countries. According to the company, 16 out of the top 20 e-commerce sites in the UK are currently advertising through Kelkoo. Advertisers have the opportunity to reach customers in all nine European countries in which Kelkoo operates. (see links at bottom of the Kelkoo home page).


One of oldest comparison shopping sites on the Web, featuring the ability to search for products from thousands of merchants or browse by product category. An honorable mention winner for Best Shopping Search Engine from Search Engine Watch in 2002.

Buyer’s Index

Buyer’s Index lists information from thousands of mail order companies, web shopping sites, classified ad sites and other venues. Shows links to merchant ratings from BizRate (see above) and ePublicEye (see below).


Shopping search engine that pulls back likely product pages from across the web, rather than relying on merchant feeds. It sends your query out to one of four major search engines (Google, AllTheWeb, Inktomi or Teoma) but then should only list pages where you can actually buy a product you are interested in. Product reviews, magazine articles, discussions and opinions are filtered out. The site launched in September 2002.


Collects customer satisfaction reports from shoppers that purchase from online merchants. You can also comparison shop with rated merchants using the service.


Comparison shop in different categories such as books, electronics and sporting goods. Promotes itself as “unbiased” because it does not accept money from vendors to be listed, which is commonplace in the shopping search engine space.

Specialty Choices


Comparison shop for books across 40 online book stores from one place.


Catalog City allows you to Order free mail order catalogs or shop online.

Google Catalogs

Search through listings from thousands of mail order catalogs that have been digitized by Google. (Review: Google Launches Catalog Search, Jan. 7, 2002)


Find special offers, freebies and free trials available online.

If you are a merchant, this article in the subscribers area offers links and information for signing up for the advertiser programs offered by the major shopping search services.

Selected Shopping Search Articles from 2003

Going Shopping? Ask Jeeves for Advice
SearchDay, Nov. 4, 2003

As the online shopping search space continues to heat up, Ask Jeeves has entered the fray with powerful enhancements to its smart search capabilities that help in all phases of the shopping process.

Dealtime Relaunches as Shopping.com
SearchDay, Sept. 22, 2003

Shopping search and product review site Dealtime officially changed its name today to Shopping.com, marking another milestone in the fascinating journey of a storied domain name.

DealTime Launches ROI Tool
InternetNews.com, July 17, 2003

Shopping search engine DealTime is providing a new, free tool so that advertisers can track conversions.

DealTime Lowers Minimum Bid
InternetNews.com, June 16, 2003

Shopping search engine DealTime has lowered its bid prices to bring in more advertisers.

Shopping Search Engines Fuel Online Sales
SearchDay, June 5, 2003

Specialized shopping search engines make it easy for searchers to research and buy products — but they’re also a powerful and cost-effective customer acquisition channel for merchants. A report out of the Shopping Search panel at the March 2003 Search Engine Strategies show. A longer, more detailed version of the article that covers shopping search submission and optimization is available for Search Engine Watch members.

Espotting expands Kelkoo deal to 30 channels
netimperative, May 21, 2003

European paid listings provider Espotting has expanded a deal to place its ads in contextually-relevant sections of European shopping search engine Kelkoo.

The New DealTime
May 30, 2003

Why did DealTime acquire Epinions? As this story puts out, because consumer reviews are essential to the buying experience. Paid subscription required to view article.

Shopping Search Engine Users
BizReport, Jan. 29, 2003

A survey of 1,100 DealTime.com shopping search engine users in late-December 2002 found that the main reason for using shopping search services was to compare prices quickly (73 percent), followed by wanting to compare products (54 percent) and to find stores selling the products they were interested in (45 percent). Story also cites stats showing which search engines sent shopping search engines the most visitors: Google, Yahoo, MSN and AOL.

Will Froogle Be a Google for Shoppers?
BusinessWeek, Jan. 14, 2003

Google’s shopping search engine gets taken for a test ride, and while Business Week writer Alex Salkever acknowledges the service is still under development, he comes away far more impressed with competing services NexTag and PriceGrabber

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication’s search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

Yahoo UK drops Yell in favour of Thomson deal
New Media Age Dec 11 2003 2:50PM GMT
Yahoo Europe chief quits for ‘other interests’
Netimperative Dec 11 2003 2:50PM GMT
Mathematicians get fresh formula for web searches
Nature reg Dec 11 2003 1:54PM GMT
Berlin fences off domain hijacker
The Register Dec 11 2003 11:49AM GMT
Online ad revenues continue to soar
Silicon.com Dec 11 2003 10:23AM GMT
SEC rules could force Google IPO
Silicon.com Dec 11 2003 10:23AM GMT
LookSmart Expects to Lay Off Half of Staff
dmnews.com Dec 11 2003 7:27AM GMT
SEC rule may nudge Google toward IPO
CNET Dec 11 2003 0:41AM GMT
Web Users Have Spoken: Music File Swapping Service KaZaA Dethrones Dragonball As the Most Searched Term For 20
CPU Review Dec 10 2003 10:26PM GMT
In whose domain is the world wide web?
Asian Age Dec 10 2003 2:44PM GMT
Yahoo: Bill not enough
Boston Globe Dec 10 2003 12:48PM GMT
Do You (Bring Your Own) Yahoo?
Internet News Dec 10 2003 12:15PM GMT
Web giants vow to fight spam
Guardian Unlimited Dec 10 2003 10:49AM GMT
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