Shopping.com Closes the Book on Back-to-School Shopping for Elementary Schook Kids, High Schoolers, and College Students

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Leading online comparison Web site eliminates shopping headaches by helping parents and students find exactly what they need, in less time.

Say goodbye to flip-flops and sunscreen -- say hello to backpacks, SAT study guides and dorm-room decor. Back-to-school season is around the corner, and Shopping.com, the leading online comparison shopping site, helps equip kids and college students with all the gear they need for the first day on campus. For busy parents (and stressed-out college kids), Shopping.com provides a quick and easy one-stop shop for all back-to-school goods, at the best prices available.

“Anyone who’s experienced the mad rush to gather school supplies knows how difficult it is to find, compare and buy everything from clothes to computer equipment,” said Shannon Clouston, Chief Shopper at Shopping.com. “With everything else parents and students have on their minds as they get ready for the new semester, it’s important to know they can dramatically reduce their shopping time by visiting Shopping.com for all their back-to-school needs.”

Starting a new school year requires a bewildering amount of supplies (no matter how old or young you are). Shopping.com offers 40 million products across more than 280 categories, as well as comparison-shopping tools that make it easy to cut through the online clutter. Shopping.com’s Chief Shopper offers ideas for useful, educational, and just plain fun items for students at every stage:

Elementary school

Arthur’s Back to School Day book: Are your kids afraid of that first day at school? Get them excited about their new adventure with this children’s classic, highlighting Arthur the chimp’s mix-up with his school lunchbox. Shopping.com merchants offer more than 26,000 books for kids of all ages.

Franklin Homework Wiz: This electronic speller and dictionary, designed for kids ages 6 and up, is much more fun than a printed dictionary – which means they’ll use it more often. It also includes a math tutor and a calculator. Consumers can find and compare more than 800 different types of electronic dictionaries at Shopping.com.

Embroidered jeans for girls: Embellished jeans are a hot trend for women and girls alike – and they’re also a practical purchase, since jeans are a tough year-round wear. Shopping.com merchants offer nearly two dozen embroidered styles at all price points.

MLB Youth Team t-shirt: Let your little slugger show off his or her favorite baseball team with these logo T-shirts for various teams. Shopping.com merchants offer more than 1,200 baseball-themed shirts for kids.

Firefly Cellular Phone: Designed for kids ages 8 to 12, the Firefly is made for children’s smaller hands, and has just five buttons instead of a regular phone keypad (parents can program frequently called numbers into the phone, and can set up speed-dial keys so that kids can call them easily). More than 240 cell phones of all types and for all ages are available at Shopping.com.

Middle school/high school

NFL backpack: Just in time for football season -- stow all of your child’s gear in this large backpack, while showing classmates who the top team is. More than 1,700 backpacks, in all sizes and shapes, are available from Shopping.com merchants.

SAT 1 for Dummies: Get a leg up on crucial tests with the Dummies guides. This latest edition covers the new writing section of the SAT, as well as the new advanced-level math questions. Buyers can choose from almost 200 study guides at Shopping.com.

Panasonic CQ-C3333U CD Player: For the budding audiophile, this car CD player is iPod ready, letting the high-school driver listen to tunes on his or her way to school. Shopping.com offers more than 2,600 in-dash car stereos to suit every music aficionado’s needs.

Olympus VN-1000 Handheld Digital Voice Recorder: Capture all of those study sessions and lectures with this pocket-sized recorder, offering up to 16 hours of recording time. More than 200 digital voice recorders are available at Shopping.com.

Crocs Cayman Shoes: These so-ugly-they’re-cool shoes are made of indestructible plastic and come in fashion colors, making them appropriate for everything from a rainy-day hike to a weekend football game. More than 250 Crocs-brand shoe products can be found on Shopping.com.

College

Palm Treo 650 Smartphone: Students who want to cut down on the gadgets they’re lugging around campus would love this combo phone, MP3 player, digital camera and Web browser -- what more do you need? Over 700 PDAs are featured on Shopping.com.

NCAA Sweatshirt Blankets: Show that school spirit in a sweatshirt-fleece blanket emblazoned with your school’s logo -- and don’t forget to bring it with you for keeping warm at homecoming bonfires. Nearly 120 NCAA blankets are available from Shopping.com merchants.

Crock Pot and Slow Cookers: There’s no reason to turn into a junk-food junkie just because you don’t have a full kitchen at your command. Slow cookers make it easy to create a healthy meal, without having to keep a constant eye on your food. Buyers can choose from and compare over 200 crock pots and slow cookers at Shopping.com.

La Crosse WT-5431 Projection Alarm Clock: Never miss that morning class again. This alarm clock projects the time onto a wall or a ceiling, and gets its time signal from the atomic clock in Fort Collins, Colorado, so it will always be accurate. More than 1,000 alarm clocks are available from various Shopping.com merchants.

Captio CollegeCase Organizer: Keep track of class notes, bills, job and spring break travel info with the Captio system for managing every aspect of university life.

About Shopping.com

Shopping.com, an eBay company (Nasdaq: EBAY), pioneered online comparison shopping and today is one of the fastest growing shopping destinations on the Internet. With millions of products, thousands of merchants and millions of reviews from the Epinions community, Shopping.com empowers consumers to make informed choices and, as a result, drives much higher conversion to sale and value for merchants.

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Jennifer Campbell

Access Communications for Shopping.com

(415) 844-6255

Dariana Lau

Shopping.com

(650) 616-6637

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