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shop around (for something)

To browse different stores, vendors, or selections to find the best price or option for something one wants to buy. They're offering the computer for $500, but I think I'm going to shop around a bit. I'm shopping around for a dress I can wear to Claire's wedding.
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shop around (for something)

to shop at different stores to find what you want at the best price. I've been shopping around for a new car, but they are all priced too high. You can find a bargain, but you'll have to shop around.
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shop around

1. Look for the best bargain, opportunity, or the like, as in This job offers only minimum wage so she decided to shop around for one with better pay . This expression alludes to looking in different stores in search of bargains or a particular item. [c. 1920]
2. Look for a buyer for, offer for sale to various parties, as in The company is now being actively shopped around. [Second half of 1900s]
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shop around

v.
1. To go from store to store in search of merchandise or bargains: We shopped around for the best price before buying. Don't buy the first pair of shoes you see; shop around first.
2. To look for something better: I think the receptionist is shopping around for a new job.
3. To offer something, such as a large block of common stock, for sale to various parties: They shopped the deal around for a couple of months but couldn't find a buyer.
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The charity also found seven in 10 (70%) people accessing their retirement pot under the freedoms are not shopping around for different products, meaning they potentially risk ending up with a poor value deal that does not meet their needs.
Ian Hughes from consumer insight firm Consumer Intelligence says: "Shopping around for car insurance has almost become a national sport, with people knowing they need to check their premiums every year to make sure they get the very best price.
Ofgem chief executive Dermot Nolan said: "The number of British households renting stands at nine million and counting, yet research has shown that this group is not shopping around for their energy, and missing out on savings of up to PS200."
A guide has been created - www.goenergyshopping.co.uk - to help cut through the confusion previously associated with comparing energy tariffs and in turn help people to start shopping around for their energy.
However, by shopping around for a better rate and switching provider, that annual income would increase by 6.8%, or PS71 to PS1,101.
Mel Duffield, head of research, National Association of Pension Funds The problem is that getting the right annuity is proving far too difficult and many are retiring without shopping around for the best income
Matthew Lloyd, Head of Life Insurance at Confused.com continued: "Men are happy to spend the time shopping around for lifestyle purchases they perceive as important, such as a car or television, but comparing life insurance quotes doesn't seem worth the effort for many.
So much for shopping around for an eighth of a point better price.
CANNY* In Glasgow Paul MacFarlane, head of operations, said: "In the ever changing financial landscape, consumers are increasingly shopping around for the best savings deals to make their money stretch further.
BRITONS could typically save themselves more than pounds 100 a year by shopping around for a better deal on their home insurance, a survey indicated.
A NORTH Wales-website business says drivers can save millions of pounds by shopping around for car insurance.
The average motorist with a four-year no claims discount could save more than pounds 125 by shopping around for their car insurance.
Richard Mauro, Lulu Guinness's executive vice president of sales and marketing, was familiar with 260 West 39th Street before he even began shopping around for a new showroom; while Mauro was with Joan Vass Knitwear, Heaner found him a space in the same building.
Ian Parker, managing director of Privilege Insurance, says: "Shopping around for car insurance can seem like a chore, particularly during the summer but customers should use it as an opportunity to challenge their existing insurer by comparing their renewal quote with the competition."