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.