Finally An Answer To The Question: "Should I Buy This?" | Shopping & Services
The age-old question, “should I buy this?” is one that is asked year round in every corner of the country.
Shopping, specifically for clothes, is something that many people like to do with friends so that they can be provided with an outside opinion on their potential purchase.
But what happens to someone who is shopping on those days that friends and family can’t make the trip to the mall? Lots and lots of indecision.
Enter Shopptique, a brand new personal shopping poll smartphone app, and the brainchild of Georgetown graduate student Heather O’Shea.
O’Shea, who is currently an M.S. Healthcare Systems Candidate, came up with the idea on campus.
“I was inspired by a Georgetown event called Health 2.0 code-a-thon,” O’ Shea explained. “A code-a-thon is basically an all day event working with developers, graphic designers, consumers and government. Everyone spends the day developing ideas and apps to solve issues for health care. While Shopptique has nothing to do with healthcare, participating in the event and having our health app win gave me the confidence to try and invest in my own app idea. Shopptique came about through my daily texts to my family and friends asking their thoughts on my purchases. I am often an indecisive buyer so I decided why not develop an app that takes the hassle out of individual text messages and do a massive poll all at once.”
With this “confidence”, O’Shea steamrolled forward with the project, as she collaborated with app developers to flesh out her vision.
The final rendering of these early blueprints is Shopptique, which fully launched earlier this month.
So how does it work?
Users can take a photo of a potential buy, send it out via Shopptique to selected friends and family(hopefully stylish ones), and receive ‘yes’ or ‘no’ responses in the form of a pie chart along with commentary from the individuals.
Users can download Shopptique for free to test it out, or they can pay 99 cents to use it free of advertisements.
“It is easy, practical, and fun,” O’Shea said of her product. “Users of any age or gender can always use a helping hand when shopping for anything from clothes, furniture, home goods to gifts, etc.. Shopping is essentially a social experience and even if you're alone, Shopptique allows users to connect with friends and family.”
In short, those tough shopping decisions just got easier.