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Online Shopping List with Swipe Card Printout

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129853D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 69K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a process by which users may generate an online shopping list of goods associated with a credit or loyalty/value card and print out a copy of this user-generated shopping list in their store. It encompasses a methodology whereby multiple users may generate a single online shopping list from remote locations. This is held centrally on a database and the list is printed out in-store when a printout device is swiped with the credit or value card associated with the account. It provides the user with the convenience of online shopping without concerns over online money-transfer or the store shipping inferior or dated products that the user would not otherwise purchase.

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Online Shopping List with Swipe Card Printout

Currently, online shopping has taken customer service to a level where customers may generate a shopping basket online and have goods delivered to their doors. While this is a valuable service, it does not address two intermediate problems. The first problem is the issue that shops allow for single users to generate a shopping basket, rather than multiple users, when in fact it is often a reality that multiple consumers (members of a family, tenants sharing accommodation) may wish to purchase goods under one account. The drawback of this is that these family members or tenants have to rely on communicating their shopping needs with one another, usually by writing a communal shopping list or contacting one another. While this is accomplishable, it is not always convenient as contributors to the list may be busy or otherwise not easy to contact. The second issue is that consumers will at times change their mind about what they wish to purchase, remember after the list is collated what they wish to purchase, will wish to evaluate products in person or will not trust online payment methodologies that online shopping sites employ. There is no solution to these problems, other than to shop in person, rather than over the internet.

    The idea proposed solves both the problems listed above by providing stores with an online shopping service whereby users may generate a shopping list from remote locations, each separately from one another, but under the one account. This means that anyone with an internet connection can request items for purchase under the one shopping basket for purchase by the person who visits the shop. Each consumer can browse online for items, add them to the shopping list and can be alerted as to whether multiples of items exist already, as may be the case with shared commodities (milk, bread, tissues etc). Each shopping list generated in th...