Online shopping has become a growing trend in South Africa as shoppers prefer to browse items in the comfort of their homes instead of heading out to malls to face long queues, big crowds and to play bumper trolleys with other shoppers.

These 5 apps may help with your online shopping, as you get fast and easy access in the palm of your hand.

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Price: Free

OLX is one of South Africa’s most popular universal free classifieds sites. It’s pretty easy to use and even lets you search for ads near you using your smartphone’s location. And if you’re looking to sell something for a bit of extra cash, you can simple take a photo of the item, add a description and upload it onto the classifieds.

OLX is available for AndroidiOS ,Windows Phone and BlackBerry World.

Rating: 4/5

bidorbuy

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Price: Free

See something you like on bidorbuy? Using the app, you can participate in online auctions or buy items at a fixed price. If you’re taking part in an auction, you can track live auctions so you know whether you’ve won the bid or have already lost out to another bidder. You can also contact auctioneers or sellers directly via the Q&A function.

bidorbuy is available for Android  iOS and BlackBerry World.

Rating: 3/5

PriceCheck

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Price: Free

Awarded BlackBerry app of the year 2013, PriceCheck lets you view and compare prices from different stores or sellers for almost any item you’re looking for. If you happen to be out shopping, you can compare the item prices by scanning the barcode and seeing how much the same item costs at other stores.

PriceCheck is available for AndroidiOSWindows Phone and BlackBerry World.

Rating: 4/5

 Gumtree

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Price: Free

Gumtree is another free classifieds service and works pretty much the same way as the OLX app. You can search for items on sale, services or even job opportunities, upload any of your own items you might want to sell and search for things in around your area.

Gumtree is available for AndroidiOS and Windows Phone.

Rating 4.5/5

Kalahari.com

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Price: Free

Shop the Kalahari online store using this dedicated app. Browse the store’s wide range of items, put it in your cart and if the total cost is under R250, it’s delivered to you for free. You can also compare prices by scanning barcodes to see if kalahari.com has something cheaper.

Kalahari.com is available for Android and iOS.

Rating: 5/5

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