May 15, 2009

IMshopping – A Virtual Interactive Shopping Experience


If you’ve ever missed the joys of human interaction during an online shopping session, IMshopping just might be your answer. But don’t worry: IMshopping isn’t your average, boring shopping website—not by a long shot. In fact, it seems they’ve kicked online shopping up a notch, offering an interactive virtual shopping experience using human guides available to answer all of your shopping questions.

The best part is that it’s ridiculously easy to use. Just ask your shopping question, enter your product category (electronics, clothing and books are some examples they give) and input your email address. The minute an IMshopping expert is available to answer your question you’ll receive an email with the answer and a link to your product.

In addition, you can ask the experts virtually anything related to shopping. From the specific (Where can I buy a medium blue polka dot dress for under $40?) to the vague (What should I get my mom for Mother’s day?). What’s great about IMshopping is that the experts will give their unbiased answers while still providing practical opinions. IMshopping also has a Twitter page, making an already convenient website that much more convenient for Twitter users.

Practical Uses:

  • Compare prices and get answers before purchasing that brand new Plasma TV
  • Discover new places to buy that hard-to-find pair of favorite sunglasses
  • Get new opinions and inspiration on gifts for your spouse

Insider Tips:

  • Use the wishlist to save any products you might want to buy later on
  • Add IMshopping to your toolbar and bookmark items from others websites visited
  • Check “Ask Facebook” before submitting questions to get your friend’s opinions first
  • Browse recommended items to find things you never even knew you wanted

What we liked:

  • Incredibly simple website navigation
  • Social networking features such as “Ask Facebook” and Twitter
  • Quick responses to the questions asked (many are answered within minutes)
  • Sign-up is painless

What we didn’t like:

  • Human guides does translate into the occasional mistake but we don’t think this is big problem


Company Info:

  • Launched: April 2009
  • Owned by SK Telecom
  • Headquarters: Santa Clara, California
  • Founded by: Prashant Nedungadi
  • Web site:


  • Free, supported by advertising


  1. marina

    Quite good and interesting site.I will definitely bookmark it 🙂

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