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Simple and elegant visual shopping with Modista

Visual shopping is the area I anxiously watch for the next break through. My latest discovery is Modista, a website built by two Computer Science Ph.D. students at UC Berkeley which allows you to browse several kinds of products from multiple merchants. The selection is limited to shoes, purses, eyeglasses, and watches and functionality is somewhat basic but there is something appealing in this simplicity.

Modista is essentially a matrix of products aggregated from different merchants and arranged by similarity. X-axis offers same items by shape while Y-axis - same color. Clicking on a product in the matrix makes your new selection current and populates the matrix with new similar products. The whole shopping experience is somewhat similar to browsing real store shelves where a virtual store assistant is constantly feeding you with look-a-like products.

The site works exceptionally well with shoes and a somewhat worse with other product categories. You can narrow your search by price, color, and a few other product specific characteristics (like size for shoes) and also add your selections to a ‘favorite’ list. This is pretty much it.

While Modista is one of the more elegant implementations of visual shopping, they are not the first nor the most advanced solution. That title probably goes to like.com who were the pioneers in this niche and grew tremendously every since (judging by my monthly reports). Besides the entire social aspect missing at Modista, like.com also offers some advanced shopping features like an ability to upload an image of your own product, or select a certain area on the product photo and base your visual search on that area alone.

I loved the easiness and visual aspect Modista brings to online shopping however when I showed Modista to my friend, the answer was ‘it causes flickering in my eyes’, so your mileage can certainly vary. ;-)

Popular price comparison sites – May 2008

This is May 2008 revision of the Popular Price Comparison web sites list. You can find the last month revision of the list here.

Just a few remarkable changes. like.com (23.68%) keeps advancing (first place for second month in a row) while calibex.com (-25.13%) lost a quarter of Alexa rank. Comparing to the data for May of last year, like.com moved from #26 to #21 while calibex.com moved from #16 to #18.

A new site has broken the 50K Alexa threshold, salescircular.com (-9.56%). It has a terrible design, tons of Google ads, and broken link to the FAQ page. I consider taking down the entry.

# Web Site Alexa Rank Page Rank Online Since
1 shopping.yahoo.com 1 (*) 8 18-Jan-1995
2 froogle.google.com 2 (*) 8 11-Sep-2001
3 shopping.msn.com 5 (*) 8 10-Nov-1994
4 shopping.aol.com 21 (*) 8 22-Jun-1995
5 shopper.cnet.com (info) 128 (*) (6.57%) 7 05-Jul-1996
6 shopping.com 375 (-8.07%) 7 03-Jul-1997
7 dealtime.com 480 (-2.78%) 7 07-Oct-1998
8 nextag.com 539 (-1.32%) 7 15-Oct-1998
9 bizrate.com 635 (-2.75%) 7 24-Apr-1996
10 (1) pricegrabber.com (info) 847 (-0.95%) 8 10-Mar-1999
11 (1) shoplocal.com 850 (-1.43%) 8 24-Sep-1998
12 shopzilla.com 1172 (-3.9%) 7 04-Jul-2002
13 epinions.com 1463 (9.8%) 7 12-Feb-1999
14 pronto.com 1849 (-2.78%) 7 01-Jan-2006
15 smarter.com 1923 (-6.36%) 6 28-Apr-1998
16 become.com 2765 (0.25%) 6 20-Jan-2004
17 (1) pricerunner.com 4655 (6.38%) 7 19-May-1999
18 (1) calibex.com 5123 (-25.13%) 4 02-Oct-2000
19 mysimon.com 6274 (-9.11%) 8 15-Apr-1998
20 thefind.com (info) 7026 (3.89%) 6 19-Oct-2006
21 like.com 7645 (23.68%) 5 22-Feb-1995
22 retrevo.com 8773 (21.74%) 6 10-May-2006
23 pricewatch.com 11591 (-2.44%) 6 26-Sep-1995
24 ebates.com 11818 (-1.21%) 6 29-Dec-1998
25 (1) dealighted.com (info) 20167 (8.54%) 6 09-Oct-2006
26 (1) sortprice.com 21038 (-8.35%) 6 15-Jan-2004
27 bestwebbuys.com 26021 (-5.43%) 7 06-Jan-1998
28 shopwiki.com 26325 (4.46%) 5 15-Dec-2004
29 jellyfish.com 34016 (-13.61%) 5 26-Jun-2006
30 pricescan.com 37229 (-4.52%) 6 03-Sep-1997
31 mpire.com 41928 (-17.3%) 6 01-Jun-2006
32 hawkee.com 67325 (-21.49%) 5 02-Jan-1997
33 (1) bottomdollar.com 74973 (13.96%) 4 04-Jul-1997
34 (1) streetprices.com 83261 (-0.31%) 5 16-Oct-1997
35 (1) salescircular.com 97877 (-9.56%) 5 09-Jun-1998

(*) Note: traffic stats for these sites is an aggregate of all traffic to the top domain (e.g. Yahoo.com or Google.com) and thus cannot be used to judge how popular this particular price comparison service is.