ShopZilla – Online Shopping Website

Introduction

Straight forward comparative shopping is the main goal on Shopzilla.com. This site is all about finding your product quickly, unhealthy comparing prices among the sixty-five thousand merchants and balancing between the lowest price and best supplier before buying. The look and feel of each page is consistent throughout the site. The two different shades of orange-yellow are original and work well together. The Shopzilla.com logo reinforces the purpose of this web site.

Form

The designers of this web site had the insight to give its customers a few options when searching for goods, recipe which indexes over twenty-nine million products. Customers can search by category using a standard “run of the mill” tabbed menu at the top. There is a handy search by keyword option that can quickly lead you to your destination. The search function also automatically spell checks your keywords. This can be as bad as it is good. Some manufactures misspell product names on purpose, such as using a “z” to make a word plural. On the left-hand side there is also a long list of more specific categories to lead you toward your destination. This list also includes the more popular products that are being search for. It does make for a long list in which you may have to scroll down a good ways to find your link.

The layout of the Shopzilla.com is simple and appealing, offering more than plenty of white space between the different sections. The page widths are set to 100% of the browser window so that all available screen real estate can be taken advantage of. This is important considering the amount of information that is available. Yet popular products on the home page are featured in only one column, which again creates a lot of scrolling down. The extra white space could be used to make a second column for featured products. The price comparison page is arranged in well thought out columns and rows that make it easy to spot the best deal.

Function

Straight forward comparative shopping is the main goal on Shopzilla.com. This site is all about finding your product quickly, comparing prices among the sixty-five thousand merchants and balancing between the lowest price and best supplier before buying. The look and feel of each page is consistent throughout the site. The two different shades of orange-yellow are original and work well together. The Shopzilla.com logo reinforces the purpose of this web site.

Conclusion

Overall, Shopzilla.com is a good web site scoring 8.17 out of 10. With a little bit of tweaking it could be excellent. Most products that I was searching for was easily found. I did find that a few products that I thought would be popular items were only listed with one or two merchants. Of course this didn’t offer much of a price comparison. This is understandable though, as new products surely take a little time before they are listed adequately. Quoting their slogan, Shopzilla.com surely is “The Smarter Way to Shop.”