iPhone App scans barcodes for Consumer Reports

There are all sorts of uses for iPhone apps and some of them turn out to be invaluable and this new one, although it costs a little, could maybe save you money in the long-term. Consumer Reports, the well-known non-profit organization that gives unbiased reports, such as it not recommending the iPhone 4 earlier in the year, has now issued an iPhone App.

The Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper iPhone app is priced at $9.99 currently, rising to $14.99 on January 1, 2011, according to Jennifer Van Grove over on Mashable. The application allows users to scan barcodes on items to gain impartial ratings, recommendations and reviews from the Consumer Reports database.

The database can also give price comparisons and covers such products as electronics, appliances, car care, home and garden and more. Although the barcode scanning idea is not completely new, the difference in this app is the unbiased opinion, as opposed to say the MyShopanion App which helps consumers make a choice after interacting with social network friends.

It is a little bit pricey but compare that price with how much we spend on consumer products each year and it may well turn out to be a price worth paying. For more on this go to mashable.com. Are you tempted to get the Mobile Shopper iPhone app from Consumer Reports? We’d be interested to know what you think about this so feel free to send in those comments.