Shopcade Review

Shopcade is a new website geared towards helping make your online shopping experience easy and fun, while bringing the social experience to the online shopping world.  It’s similar to the ever-popular Pinterest, and just as easy to use, but there are some key differences.  I took the site for a spin.  Here’s my review.

The Differences

One of the biggest differences is that Shopcade has a perks system, which you can use to change the way your board looks and, soon, to get rewards, like cool products.  The more your interact on Shopcade, the more perks points you get, and the faster you can earn rewards.  The being able to earn cool products thing, I’m pretty excited about, and that’s what I’m going to start saving up for.  I don’t particularly care much about changing the way my board looks though, with flashy backgrounds and whatnot–that’s just not my thing.  But if it’s yours, you’ll really like the perks points thing then!

Also, since it’s a shopping site, and not just a random, virtual pinboard like Pinterest, all of the items actually link to their original sources, where you can go and buy them.  Plus, it actually tells your right on Shopcade what an item’s price is, if an item is marked down, or even if it’s sold out.  That’s right, all of that info is right there at your fingertips, which is really neat!  Shopcade also offers exclusive deals on certain items or with certain retailers, which is a nice perk as well.

Shopcade has quite a few ways to break things down and shop.  You can follow trendsetters (people with the most interactions and items saved on their boards), specific brands (like Alexander McQueen, Dr. Martens, & Nikon, to name a few), and specific categories (like my favorite, shoes).  What I’d really like to see are categories for fashion trends, based on gender and season, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.  It would be cool though, to be able to see what’s on deck and in stock for the upcoming season, wouldn’t it?

Like Pinterest, you can create “boards” with specific products, like wishlists for certain events, or boards full of drool-worthy items you can’t afford, but just love to look at.  Moving items from one board to another is simple, and you can easily add one item to multiple boards, which is awesome.  Right now, I’m in the process of organizing my boards, but I already have a board for shoes, a board for crafting/DIY ideas, and a board for gadgets I want.

There doesn’t seem to be a way to add your own items to Shopcade, which is unfortunate, especially if your favorite brands aren’t on the site yet.  However, they are adding brands as the site grows, and I imagine more brands will jump on board as it gains popularity.  I’ve even noticed a couple new brands since I joined the site already, so yea.  Plus, not being able to add your own stuff means that the products all link to the correct sources, and you have that ability to track whether the item is in stock or on sale.  So it’s actually probably a good thing you can’t add your own stuff.

So Will I Use It?

Yes!  I will be using Shopcade alongside Pinterest, especially once the holidays come around.  While I love Pinterest and how “me” I can make it, as well as the freedom to pin my own items, I think Shopcade is great for some realistic items.  I probably won’t spend nearly as much time on Shopcade as I do on Pinterest, but I may actually be able to provide my mother-in-law with a Christmas list this year because of Shopcade, instead of saying, “um… giftcards or cash are fine” (which drives her nuts haha).  Plus, I think it will be a great place to go look for inspiration for my nieces and nephews, who are getting harder to shop for as they get older.

You can check out my Shopcade here.

Create Your Own Shopcade

It’s super easy!  You just link up with Facebook and that’s it!  Click here, or on the banner below, to sign up and start shopping, earning perks, and seeing what your favorite brands have to offer (and what’s on sale).  Start shopping for fall, perhaps, or maybe get a start on that holiday wishlist, eh?  It’ll be here before we know it!

Help Me Win… And You Can Too!

A quick click on the banner below gets me a vote, and the more votes I get, the more likely I am to win $100!  What’s more?  If you leave a comment on any item on my board, you are eligible to win $50!  So go ahead and create a shopcade board and then leave me a comment or two on mine.

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own, are honest, and were not influenced in any way by the compensation I received.

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