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Living in America’s shopping capital has its perks, but it also comes with its fair share of trekking and schlepping--sometimes fruitlessly.

Enter Snapette, a free iPhone and Android app (and site) that lets you browse photos of products in your favorite stores, Pinterest-style, before running all over town to buy them.

Along with following your friends and fellow Snapettes, keep tabs on local boutiques and receive real-time notifications for sales, events and new items. Our favorite component has to be the “Buy Now” button, by which anyone with a quick trigger finger can reserve the latest hot commodity to hit your participating neighborhood haunt.

Need suggestions for starters? We’re following Tribeca’s Edon Manor for its killer shoe collection, Nolita’s Frock for its incredible designer vintage finds and Soho’s Helianthus for its funky accessories in stock.

Whatever you’re looking for--pouncing on major sales before the masses, snagging this season’s most coveted bag or simply streamlining your sprees--this app is sure to change the way you shop.

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