Are you still buying daily deals?

It feels as though we are now drowning in “daily deals.”

Groupon, Half Off Depot and Living Social struck gold, so others followed suit. You might now have as many as 30 alerts arriving in your inbox every morning if you’re trying to keep up.

In addition to the saturated market, I’ve heard other concerns about the daily deal process. For example, many of the featured businesses are relatively unknown, so each offer is an attempt to gain some name recognition and product loyalty. But from a consumer’s standpoint, it involves a risk to buy cleaning services, spa treatments or sushi from a vendor you’re unfamiliar with.

Some other complaints I’ve heard during the deal site era:

  • exorbitant minimums to get the discount (e.g. Restaurant.com)
  • lunches only, limited menu items or entree minimums; weekends excluded from some attractions vouchers
  • Businesses getting overloaded with those trying to redeem their coupons
  • forgetting to redeem vouchers

While some deal sites have been successful (Living Social is now even branching out to add real-time discounts to its offers), others are disappearing. (Has anyone seen anything from Spark Spree in the last month?) I’m sure some have dissolved for lack of a unique business strategy, although maybe others will rebound (Check out Savvy Like Me’s note to its audience.)

Here are some other deal sites in addition to those listed above. Which sites offer the best deals? What other sites do you check regularly?

Is anyone else in deal overload? What kinds of deals would you like to see more often?

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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11 comments Add your comment

Dealfinder

April 15th, 2011
7:34 am

Scoutmob has got to be the best. No advance purchase necessary, and return perks even after the initial use of the deal.

oh yeah!

April 15th, 2011
8:34 am

I’m glad scoutmob wasn’t even mentioned in this article, because it is nothing like groupon , restaurants.com , etc.

yowza

April 15th, 2011
9:19 am

I’m a fan of Bejool.com jewelry. Great deals and wide assortment from expensive to downright cheap! Good customer service…and who doesnt want a deal on jewelry?????

Allison

April 15th, 2011
12:33 pm

Groupon is great since they will refund your money if the business goes under while you have an active Groupon. It happened to me with a laser hair removal Groupon. I have stopped buying from Half Off Depot unless I know I am going to use the them immediately. They won’t do refunds after 60 days. Lost a few to businesses going under before the coupon expired. I think most are like that so I haven’t been buying them as much as I used to. I love scoutmob though. So easy to use since it is right in my phone and I don’t have to buy anything.

mystery poster

April 15th, 2011
2:45 pm

I had to limit myself to one site (I don’t want a zillion emails to search through every morning). So, I only subscribe to Groupon. I have seen other daily deals, like dealswarm, come up on webpages I’m surfing so I don’t feel the need to subscribe to them.

brandice

April 15th, 2011
6:43 pm

I like ScoutMob as well, u dont have to but anything and just give the code via cell. Just usedit last week for 50% off dinner last week at Noodle, very please with them. I have used Groupon to purchase a Fernbank Museum family membership and have used it alot and will renew. I have used Crowdcut as well, no problems. Have not purchased from resturant.com, too many restrictions and not very freindly

KC

April 15th, 2011
11:28 pm

I’d love to use Scoutmob but they don’t seem intent on making their app available for Blackberry users…..

DH

April 16th, 2011
3:25 pm

I regularly utilize Groupon, Living Social, and Scoutmob. I agree that Scoutmob is especially sweet since it’s free. Yipit will send you a summary email of the deals for your area for that day. Since it’s a summary of multiple sites, the email comes later in the afternoon. I also enjoy nomorerack.com.

You have to be careful, though. Some of the programs are scams. I usually check before signing up to see if there have been customer complaints about being able to redeem the discounts post purchase. You have listed several that I had not heard of until now. I will check them out. Thanks.

Leigh

April 17th, 2011
7:58 am

I only suscribe to Groupon and Living Social. I use restaurant.com and Half Off Depot sometimes. You have to read the fine print and make an educated decision.

For example, last week, we ate at Johnny’s pizza using restaurant.com. We had an order of garlic cheese bread, a large pizza, 3 beers, a slice of cheese pizza and an order of spaghetti. I paid $23 (including tip) after the restaurant.com certificate.

I don’t mind them adding the 18% tip. Some people won’t tip on the full amount, no matter how the good service is. The cert was $10 for $25 worth of food and we had a coupon code which allowed me to buy the cert for only $3 or $4 (can’t remember).

This past weekend, I went to look because I wanted to go to the Japanese Steakhouse. Their cert was $20 for $25 worth of food. Not worth it.

Read the fine print and make a good decision.

Ann

April 17th, 2011
9:27 pm

For home repair, maintenance and landscaping services, Kudzu offers daily deals and you can read the reviews of the provider before purchasing.

UGAGirl

April 18th, 2011
10:40 pm

I love them all other than the fact that some employees are not familiar with the coupon/deal and I have to debate with them what it means. For instance I paid $10 for $20 worth of merchandise from this one store in Little 5 points on crowdcut. I ended up paying $15 for the $25 dollar item. In essence, I paid full price. Not b/c I didn’t understand the deal, it was because I got so tired of debating w/ the person and the manager could not be reached on the phone. I’m not sure whether to avoid crowdcut or that particular store.