Use Amazon’s Barcode Scanner to Easily Buy Anything from Your Phone

By Lowell Heddings on November 10th, 2011

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Sometimes you just want things to be simple, and whether you want to buy a book, DVD, or even products like shaving cream and dry goods, you can do it in a snap with Amazon’s mobile app. If you’re a Prime member, it’s free 2-day shipping as well.

To be fair, Amazon doesn’t carry everything, but they do carry enough different products at great prices that you can at least use them to price check. This is something that a number of us here at How-To Geek do on a very regular basis to buy everything from shaving cream to extremely delicious Kona coffee. (Combine that coffee with this burr grinder and this French press and you have my morning coffee routine)

For an example of how useful this is: I was at somebody else’s house the other day and had some tasty wasabi peas. Since I wanted some for myself, I just pulled out my phone, snapped the barcode, and ordered them right then and there from my phone.

Scanning Products the Easy Way

All you have to do is open up the Amazon mobile application (search the Market or the App Store for your Android or iPhone), and click the Search box, which will show the “Scan It” option on the menu.

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You’ll be presented with a normal barcode scanner, which you just have to point at the product.

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And just like that—you’ll see the item. On the left screenshot you’ll see a book, and on the right, some shoe polish. That’s right, Amazon even carries shoe polish.

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Obviously this isn’t a how-to article, but it’s something extremely useful that we figured we’d share.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/10/11
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