November 22, 2005, 12:00 AM

CNET.com lets shoppers check product availability in local stores

CNET.com, a site for researching high-tech consumer products, has launched a service that lets shoppers locate those products in their local stores, CNET said.

 

CNET Networks Inc.’s CNET.com, a site for researching high-tech consumer products, has launched a service that lets shoppers locate those products in their local stores, CNET said.

CNET.com, using technology from Channel Intelligence, integrates with store systems at several retailers to provide shoppers with a view of available products at individual stores. The CNET system also provides total pricing for products in each store, including tax according to a store’s ZIP code. Participating retailers include Best Buy Co. Inc., CompUSA Inc., Circuit City Stores Inc. and OfficeMax.

"While the vast majority of consumers research products online before they make a purchase, they don`t always want to purchase online,” said Candice Meyers, senior vice president of CNET. “With the addition of local shopping to our price comparison and shopping tools, we now give users access to qualified online merchants, as well as information on retail stores that stock the products they want, and tools that help them compare both options side by side so they can make an informed decision about where to buy."

In addition, CNET Networks has also launched CNET Mobile, a free service at Mobile.CNET.com, which lets consumers check prices, product reviews and consumer feedback from their cell phones.

 

 

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