With the birth of online coupon and social buying sites, the retail industry has jumped the shark. Mainstream consumers with a penchant for lifestyle products & services and consumers who belong to the long tail with a slightly obscure taste are pampered alike by these websites. After the financial downturn, everyone of us have understood the value of money and group buying sites are making hay while the sun shines.
Arguably, a group buying site is the easiest business to hit the ground and running from day one. The concept benefits everyone in the food chain – the site, consumer and the business owner. Consumers benefit from lower prices by way of collective bargaining, the business gets new patrons and the site gets a cut from the sales. Looking for a way to figure the best among the mushrooming coupon and group deals clones? We’ve got you covered with this list.
Social Coupon Sites
Groupon is the mother of the group buying gold rush. Though not the first ones with to invent the concept of group buying, they have a cult following thanks to all the great deals. It is very common to have clones popping up when there is a successful business idea in play. However, you would be surprised how many copycats have blatantly lifted Groupon’s design. The intuitive design and a no obligation to pay till the deal size is reached are keys to their success. Groupon has customized deals for a number US cities and of late they have started international versions of the site too. A referral system that credits $10 when you introduce the service is also in place.
LivingSocial is a the daily deal group buying site that is often referred to as the main competitor to Groupon. Deals for more than 50 cities in the US and few other countries as well are announced daily. The site boasts to have a number of local experts on field to identify local attractions and offer value based to its visitors. Currently they are running a promotion for Visa card holders wherein they can gift a deal to they friend for free if they use their Visa card while purchasing their own deal.
Tippr promotes itself as a daily deals site and has a gorgeous looking & minimal design webpage to push deals on a daily basis. Offers are available in 25 cities across US and exclusive deals with discounts from 50 to 90% are offered to the newsletter subscribers.Trippr also runs regular referral credit contests on the Twitter account. So keep an eye on their tweets too.
Long before the group buying saga, there existed a fabulous email newsletter service that pushed deals and lifestyle tips. Primarily catering a male audience (they have a sister site for women) Thrillist deals comes in two variants. First being the usual citywide daily deals and the second being Thrillist Nation, which delivers deals on the best & hottest gadgets, service & gear online.
Open to deals in 8 cities, BuyWithMe is known for offering tiered sub deals. For example, you have a discounted price for a hair cut and a deeper discount for haircut plus facial. Sweet! They could definitely use a design makeover of their webpage considering how swanky their competitor sites are.
Yipit is active in 7 cities and is on the verge of launching in Denver, Las Vegas, Washington DC and London. They have multiple deals running per city any given day.
jasmere connects specialty web retailers with style-conscious consumers, and offers limited time discounts of up to 70% off. jasmere also offers a 10% referral bonus and every weekday gifts the featured deal to a Facebook fan page member for free.
AtCost offers deals in various cities across USA, Canada, UK and Australia. With AtCost, it is now possible for its visitors to easily add group buys, daily deals and flash sales directly on their own site blog or the Facebook fan page.
Dealmap is like a social aggregator of daily deals in your city. They collect all the best local deals from the largest number of sources and make them easy to find for visitors from the respective cities.
DealOn offers savings upto 85% on Restaurants, Spas, and Events in your locality. Listing offers from 38 cities across USA, DealOn also offers gift cards for you to surprise your friends & family.
With a cult following, Woot is more like a phenomena on the web. They offer only one deal a day and a new deal shows up the next day. They offer comprehensive insights and purchase patterns of the deals for all the visitors to see. Woot has now been acquired by Amazon and you gotta see the tongue in the cheek monkey rap they created to celebrate the occasion!
Newegg offers fantastic daily deals on all products PC related. All products listed have comprehensive technical specifications, descriptions and reviews. Visitors can also set price alerts for a particular item listing and will be alerted via email when the product gets listed at the desired price point.
unlike Woot, yugster offers its customers / visitors a flexible purchase plans. Visitors can opt to take a sneak peek of tomorrow’s deal today and can also buy older listings if the items are still in stock.
Shnoop is a daily deal site offering only one product on sale at a deeply discounted sale. However, they also give their visitors a a chance to buy the previous days item as well until it is sold out, just like yugster.
With an aptly selected domain name, 1 Sale A Day offers daily deals primarily in these five categories – general daily deal, Wireless, Watch, Family and Jewelery deals. Once the day ends, the product listed on the website is replaced with a new deal and the old deals cannot be availed like in the case of some of its competitors.
General Coupon Sites
RetailMeNot is a service that indexes conventional coupons (like the one we see in classifieds) from merchants and businesses. They have a whooping collection of coupons from about 65000 stores across USA. Just click on the coupon to copy it and get redirected to the page the coupon originally belongs to.
Sitting on a lucrative domain name, Coupons.com is a great place to find real world coupons and coupon codes. To save the coupons that you like, just check on them and they are automatically added to your queue. Once you have selected everything, you can get them all printed in a single click.
In addition to thousands of coupons and cashback offers from about 25000 retailers across the country, FatWallet also offers staff picked best deals for its visitors. You can also take advantage of their great price comparison engine to find the best deals.
With a nice little map marking all the local hotspots, 8Coupons lets you clip coupons for the best deals to eat, shop, drink and purchase stuff in your neighbourhood.
Even if you have not made up your mind yet on using coupons, the running ticker that displays how much money people saved by using MyCoupons definitely will. In addition to listing general coupons, MyCoupons also lists Gift cards available at discount rates.
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