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Froogle (Search and Browse Items for Sale)

Froogle is a searchable and browsable shopping index tuned to finding products for sale online. Click on the Froogle link above Google's search box

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or visit froogle.google.com. Search results include price, brand, description, and, if available, a photograph. Note that unlike other online shopping services, Froogle doesn't actually sell things.

Froogle obtains listings for products from vendors and by scouring the web. When Google finds a page that appears to sell something, it feeds the information it collects to Froogle. Vendors don't pay to have their products included in Froogle's search results. However, they can purchase sponsored links, which appear along the right side of Froogle's results pages.

Froogle Home Page: Find products for sale from across the web.

You'll find a link to Froogle on the Google home page. Or go to froogle.google.com.

You can browse products by clicking on a category or you can search by entering your query in Froogle's search box. Interested in buying a watch for a child? Try searching on Froogle for [ watches children ].

Screen shot of what Froogle returned when searching for [ watches children ]

The results included the verb "watch" and pages selling children's jewelry. Study results to get ideas for more effective search terms. Consider searching for specific brands.

Froogle search box with [ watches children timex ].  

Screen shot of results from [ watches children timex ]

Search for specific types of watches.

Froogle search box with [ watches children teacher ].  

Screen shot of results from [ watches children teacher ]

Froogle search box with [ analog watches children ].  

Screen shot of results from [ analog watches children ]

When Froogle finds more than one product from a site, it includes the link "See all results from vendor." Limiting the number of results from a given site to just one ensures products from a single vendor won't dominate your search results and that Froogle provides pages from a variety of sites.

Want products with prices in a specified range? Enter a price range just above the results or fill in a field in Froogle's advanced search form. Access the advanced search form by clicking on the Advanced Froogle Search link next to the search box on a Froogle page or visiting froogle.google.com/froogle_advanced_search.

For more information on Froogle visit froogle.google.com/froogle/about.html.

Exercises

These problems give you practice with shopping on Froogle and Google Catalogs. For hints and answers to selected problems, see the Solutions page in the Appendix.

  1. Find 100% cotton comforter covers on Froogle.

  2. Find unbreakable 8 oz. drinking glasses in the price range $10 - $30.

  3. Tired of putting on sun screen? Find sun-protective clothing with Froogle.

  4. Find heated toilet seats with Froogle.

This page was last modified on Friday February 17, 2006.


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