App of the Week: Shopkick


I’ve seen Shopkick in the Market for a while now, and just recently decided to give it a try. I usually tend to ignore apps that seem to “promise rewards” and aren’t supported by actual stores. However, after downloading Shopkick I have realized that is not the case at all with this app.

Shopkick does several different things. First, the app sends you personalized deals from your favorite stores for the items you purchase. Secondly, the app awards “kicks” for visiting stores and scanning barcodes. Thirdly, the app lets you turn in your kicks for rewards. One of the main reasons that I use Shopkick is for the personalized deals. Thankfully, Shopkick is partners with Best Buy, and Best Buy happens to be one of my favorite stores. Whenever I open the app, I can just swipe through all of the different deals that Best Buy is currently promoting, and the more I buy and like things the more personalized it gets. This is also true for tons of different stores, all of which can be added to your Faves when the app opens. Faves is a big list of all of the stores that you enjoy the most. Shopkick displays all of your Faves and allows you to swipe between the deals that each store is having. Another thing that shows up in the Faves tab are ways to earn kicks. While swiping through stores to look at the different deals, you can also see ways to earn kicks. You can earn kicks by doing things like visiting a store, and scanning the barcode of different things within the store. As I mentioned earlier, kicks can be reedemed and used towards different prizes such as gift cards.

There is also the “Nearby” tab, which allows you to view all of the stores that support Shopkick that are in your area. This feature makes it easy to earn kicks by visiting different stores, and buying and scanning different items. Once you start adding more Faves and scanning more items, your deals list will display things that you and others like to buy. When you click on a specific deal, you have the option to “like” that deal. This allows you to use Facebook to share the different deals you are taking advantage of with your friends.

Once you start earning kicks by doing different rewards. These rewards consist mostly of gift cards to different popular stores. Once you start getting a large amount of kicks though, you can get rewards such as Coach hand bags or cruises. Of course, these require a ridiculously high amount of kicks, and so a more practical use would be gift cards.

Shopkick is an awesome app that really personalizes the way that we get deals and savings while shopping. Not only do we get to save money, but we also get rewarded for spending money at our favorite stores (Best Buy) and that, my friends, is full of WIN. All of these reasons are what make Shopkick this week’s App of the Week. You can get Shopkick in the Market now for free, and becoming a member is as easy as opening the app the first time. Check back to thedroidguy every week for another App of the Week by TheDroidBoy. Be sure to follow @thedroidguy and myself on Twitter @ElijahIsMe & @TheDroidBoy.

about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 16 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid and his since upgraded to the HTC Thunderbolt. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have questions? email [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @ElijahIsMe & @thedroidboy