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It was probably only a matter of time. Google, the planet's most popular search engine, has now turned its attention to the most prevalent activity on the Internet (aside from viewing porn) -- shopping. As a Google fanatic, I was too excited to wait for the final release. Alas, after some unscientific research and lots of experimenting with the beta version, I have to report that Froogle definitely is not the best way to find bargains on the Net.
I visited Froogle, NexTag, Price Grabber, Deal Time, Amazon, Ebay, Cent and many other sites to purchase a Toshiba notebook, PDA, and Nikon digital camera. By far Amazon was the most trusted and reliable sources of merchandise on the internet. Froogle has a long way to go.... Also, the majority of stores listed on its website are not authorized factory dealers...
There seems to be a trend of e-shopping portals dominating online buying. Are consumers looking for reputable sites where they are comfortable entering personal and account information? Are e-portals the future of e-commerce, or will search engines still contribute to finding products online?