Table: Shop Till You `Bot
Imagine if a bunch of robots could scour the country to find you the best prices on office supplies, computers, and business books. Imagine no more. On the Web, an evolving breed of shopping `bots (short for, yes, robots) simultaneously search dozens of E-commerce sites and report back on the choicest deals. SHOPPING `BOT PROS JANGO BY EXCITE Forty-two categories from tea to satellite www.jango.com TV, some with product reviews. MYSIMON Searches 1,300 sites. Espouses indepen- MySimon.com dence, so as not to favor--or exclude-- particular merchants' offers. CNET Most sophisticated info, including details Shopper.com on shipping and handling costs, product guarantees, and service options. SHOPPING `BOT CONS JANGO BY EXCITE Confusing interface. No www.jango.com shipping or merchant info. Painfully slow. MYSIMON No shipping data. MySimon.com Limited office-product categories. CNET Limited to computers Shopper.com and tech gear.
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