NexTag(R) Launches First Comparison Shopping Toolbar for Both Products and Travel

Free Toolbar Automatically Helps Shoppers Save Time and Money

SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ — NexTag(R), the leading comparison shopping website for products and services, today announced that it has launched the NexTag ToolBar, a free browser plug-in available to Internet users. The NexTag ToolBar, a browser-resident version of NexTag’s comparison shopping engine, enables users to quickly compare prices and search for the best deals on millions of products and services — including hotels, flights, car rentals, computers, electronics, clothing, home and garden products, and more. Designed to be completely Spam-Free and Spyware-Free, the NexTag ToolBar is available for download at and offers a truly customized comparison shopping experience.

“We believe the NexTag ToolBar is a major innovation that can automatically save people time and money when shopping for just about anything,” said Purnendu Ojha, CEO of NexTag. “With the NexTag ToolBar, a user can read a travel article, and without leaving the web page on which the article is located, compare airfares, hotel rates, and even prices for an underwater camera to take on the trip.”

The NexTag ToolBar is the first toolbar to provide a fast and convenient way to comparison shop online for a broad range of both products and services. Users can initiate a search on the toolbar or they can choose to be notified automatically with results when conducting a search on retail or travel sites. The NexTag ToolBar then returns a list of matching results from which a user can obtain detailed information on sellers, prices, product specifications, ratings/reviews, and even historical price data.

NexTag ToolBar key features include:

— Product Search: Users can conduct searches within the NexTag ToolBar
or automatically be notified with a list of highly-relevant results
within a single web browser, eliminating the need to visit multiple
retailer sites. The NexTag ToolBar enables users to view the full list
of search results or sort the list by best match or price.
— Travel Meta Search: Users can search and compare rates for hotels,
flights and car rentals. The NexTag ToolBar helps consumers find the
best deals across multiple leading travel service providers,
simultaneously. The toolbar presents a single comprehensive list of
travel options, ratings and rates for easy comparisons, representing a
major improvement over searching multiple travel sites individually.
— Customization: Users can easily customize automatic alert and display
settings. Results can be displayed within a left browser frame or
within the main browser. The NexTag ToolBar can also store a user’s
search history for quick access to common searches.

The NexTag ToolBar is currently available free of charge to users of version 5.5 or higher of Microsoft Internet Explorer.

About NexTag, Inc. is the leading comparison shopping site for products, financial services, travel, automobiles, real estate, education and more. At the core of is its proprietary Search And Match (SAM(TM)) technology that enables shoppers to quickly compare prices and find the best deals on millions of products and services. For thousands of merchants, service providers and individuals, NexTag is an extremely efficient sales channel with its highly qualified traffic and performance-based pricing. NexTag has been named a Red Herring Top 100 Private Company for two consecutive years, and has been ranked the #1 fastest-growing private company in the Bay Area in 2003 and #2 in 2004 by the San Francisco Business Times Fast 100. The company operates comparison shopping sites in both the United States ( and the United Kingdom ( NexTag is a privately held company based in San Mateo, California.

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