5 Awesome Alternatives to Groupon
Don’t get me wrong. I love Groupon. Unfortunately for them (and “yay” for me), the market for this kind of daily deal offering is opening up, resulting in more deals, on more sites, and in more cities.
If glancing at one good buy a day is leaving you wanting for more, check out a few of the attention-worthy sites we mention in our latest My Life Scoop article — all destined to give the original a run for its money.
This is perhaps one of the most established of the wannabes giving deals on the same kind of offerings as Groupon. Hair salons, golf packages, food, and entertainment are the core deals to this rapidly expanding site. Living Social has been a front-runner in the female audience, being advertised on many women’s lifestyle sites and Mommy Blogs, and why not? The deals rarely see out, and many of them are extremely family friendly. Mini-golf, anyone?
Hot tip: Feel like seeing the site without dropping a dime? Check the bottom of the deal page for exciting places you can visit in your area. Some won’t cost a thing!
If the 24-hour deal makes you feel rushed (and caters to your weakness for making impulsive buys), BuyWithMe may be more your speed. The deals offered on this site usually last seven days, giving you time to chew on the purchase before you decide. While the cities offering deals are limited, they are growing quickly!
Hot tip: Don’t count that deal chicken before it hatches. Unless there is a minimum number of buy-ins for any group deal, it won’t be valid for anyone. Watch the progress of any deal you’re interested in to see if it’s popular enough to succeed. (And definitely don’t make concrete plans around any deal that hasn’t reached its goal.)
Many of the competitors that were researched require an email subscription before they’ll even show you a deal, and worse yet, some of them bait you to enter your email, select a city, and then tell you that your city will be “added soon.” If the idea of giving out your email or cluttering up your inbox for the promise of a deal doesn’t appeal to you, consider the user-friendliness of daily deal aggregates: 8Coupons. Not only does it list all the deals from the top sites (including Groupon, Tippr, BuyWithMe and others), it lets you search via map or zip code.
Hot tip: Some places in this world (like my town of 1,800) will never be on a daily deals site. 8Coupons gives us suburbanites some retail therapy with the sharing of deals at national franchises and small shops in the places we live. They aren’t daily 50% - 90% off bargains, but it sure beats paying full price!
Dying to see the other sites that made our "hot list?" Read about them all at My Life Scoop! Do you have a daily deal site that’s changed your life? Let us know why it’s earned a top spot in your email box!