Online shoppers in Canada have a very difficult time getting relevant information because US merchants overpower search results. Many of these US merchants don't ship or sell to Canada.
Toronto, Ontario (Vocus) January 28, 2009 -
Wishabi today announced the launch of the first social shopping application designed only for Canadians. With Wishabi, Canadians can bring their Facebook social network to help them shop by finding deals, making recommendations and soliciting advice.
Wishabi also helps Canadian shoppers find the best deals from both Canadian and US Merchants with prices converted to Canadian dollars. For US Merchants, Wishabi automatically calculates exchange rate, shipping, border tariffs and brokerage fees giving users a total landed cost for all items. Wishabi also lets users see the total value Merchants provide such as return policy, retail locations, customer service and shipping.
For deal-savvy Canadians, Wishabi pays users for deals they find. If a user posts a better deal than Wishabi, they get paid. This approach of crowd sourcing allows Wishabi to find the best deals through Wishabi's community of users.
"Online shoppers in Canada have a very difficult time getting relevant information because US merchants overpower search results. Many of these US merchants don't ship or sell to Canada.", said Wehuns Tan, founder and CEO of Wishabi. "With Wishabi, Canadians can easily find the best deal on either side of the border, all in Canadian dollars and also get their social network on Facebook to help them shop. In today's tough economic climate, Canadians need to leverage their social connections and intelligent tools to help them make the right purchase decisions"
Wishabi also provides a personal shopping service allowing users to create a shopping wishlist from Merchants such as The Bay, Zellers, Home Depot, Toys-r-us, Future shop, Indigo and Costco. Once users list the items they want, Wishabi automatically matches the best offer from Merchants giving users a tailored Shopping list, customized to them.
The Next Generation of Canadian Shopping with Wishabi
- Canadian Relevant Information: With Wishabi, Canadian shoppers can easily see deals from all Canadian and US merchants with exchange rate, taxes, tariffs and shipping included. Wishabi uses its patent-pending deal rank algorithm to help users rate deals based on factors in addition to price such as the quality of a merchant, and popularity of items.
- Social Shopping: Wishabi users can bring their Facebook social network into Wishabi and shop with their friends. Users can recommend products, find and share deals and provide advice for products they find online.
- Demand Driven Shopping: Wishabi provides a personal shopping service to Canadians by allowing them to create a personal shopping wishlist. Once a user has created a list of items they want, Wishabi automatically matches the best offers giving users a tailored shopping list.
Wishabi is a Toronto based next-generation shopping application only available to Canadians. Wishabi makes it easy for Canadian consumers to find items in Canadian dollars from both sides of the border and allows users to leverage their Facebook social connections to help them shop. Wishabi combines crowd sourcing with automated systems to bring the best deals to Canadian consumers. Wishabi's founders previously worked for Microsoft and are graduates from University of Waterloo's prestigious computer engineering program. Visit http://www.wishabi.ca for more information.