ALERT

[FREE DEMO] Deploy Your Enterprise Cloud in Minutes

Comparison Shopping Engine

Definition - What does Comparison Shopping Engine mean?

A comparison shopping engine is a type of Internet search engine that evaluates the prices of similar merchandise and suggests related links to users. Even though comparison shopping engine website owners do not offer the products themselves, they may receive commission if their efforts help turn a profit for an online store. The links suggested to users are based on searches they've already conducted.

A comparison shopping engine may also be referred to as a shopping search engine.

Techopedia explains Comparison Shopping Engine

The desired outcome of a comparison shopping engine is for users to follow suggested links and make a purchase from one of those links. The advantage of this for consumers is that they can compare merchandise prices without having to perform extensive searches themselves in order to decide where to buy a particular product. Comparison shopping engines are considered product-specific search queries because they're designed to link users to specific online storefronts.

Comparison shopping engines are employed by merchants who add items or upload their online catalogs to these shopping search engines. They do so by finding online portals designed for their industry niche, which only permit specific online storefronts or service providers to use their comparison shopping engines; alternatively, they may only allow certain types of products to be listed. Some comparison shopping engines are free for merchants, while others charge fees or commissions.

Techopedia Deals

Connect with us

Techopedia on Linkedin
Techopedia on Linkedin
Tweat cdn.techopedia.com
"Techopedia" on Twitter


'@Techopedia'
Sign up for Techopedia's Free Newsletter!

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

Resources
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems:
Learn the benefits and limitations of the 3 generations of IT infrastructure – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th...
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization:
Businesses today aspire to achieve a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) to enhance business agility and reduce operational complexity. However, the...
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.