With more than 115 million subscribers, Groupon is by far the largest of the daily deal sites. But it’s hardly the only one worth paying attention to.
Thanks to the daily deal revolution led by Groupon, hundreds of sites have started selling or marketing coupons and deep discounts for local merchants, national businesses, travel, and other products and services.
As we analyse the future of group buying, we’ve assembled a list of 10 solid Groupon alternatives worth knowing.
LivingSocial is the second-largest daily deals site after Groupon, and the most similar to Groupon.
It's worth checking out for a different selection of deals. And like Groupon, it also has instant deals.
Remember how amazing it was when websites like Expedia and Kayak first allowed you to search all of the airlines' fares and not just one at a time?
That's sort of what Yipit does for daily deals: Either via email or their website, you can see the best deals for your city all in one place, so you don't have to go through them all yourself.
A recent Yipit email for New York includes deals from Gilt City, Groupon, LivingSocial, ScoutMob, and Pulsd, which we hadn't heard of until now.
Scoutmob is great for two reasons:
It's looks nice and genuine, which is refreshing after all the boring stock photos that Groupon shoves at you. (And it gives you a better feeling for the atmosphere of the place you're going.)
And you don't have to pay for the deals in advance -- you just claim the specials, and pay when you redeem them.
There are enough deal sites for restaurants. This one has cool design stuff for your home, kitchen, and person.
Recent deals include Nooka watches, bamboo water bottles, and cool vegetable peelers.
The problem with the restaurants on Groupon is that you know most of them are going to be nasty, especially in New York. (Our experiences largely confirm this.)
savoured has somehow gotten good restaurants to participate. Use its site to book a reservation and get 30% off your bill, including booze.
Long before Groupon sold local daily deals, Woot offered one deal a day on an e-commerce product, usually something gadgety. It's still around, now owned by Amazon, and has moved into wine and shirts, too.
Recent deals include the Motorola Xoom and HP TouchPad tablets.
Travelzoo has been offering up travel deals for years, and it has successfully moved into the local deals market, too. It's not the prettiest site, but its deals are solid.
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