Daily deal sites have boomed since 2008 — new ones are still cropping up including the recently launched Atlanta-based Koopedia.com — but lately the going has been rough.
Not only have companies such as Groupon and Living Social reported third quarter losses, but the small retailers who utilize their services are becoming increasingly disappointed with the return on their investment.
Bloomberg/Businessweek recently wrote about the swell of small business owners who have soured on daily deals.
But for Bargain Hunters, where one door may close another opens. It didn’t take long for major retailers to introduce their own daily deals. Here are just a few to note:
Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day: Amazon also offers lightening deals at different times through the day and deals in various categories.
Home Depot: Find the “Special Buy of the Day” in the “Savings Center” tab at the top left of the homepage. Other deals are listed as well.
Target: You can visit the website to see the daily deals or sign-up for alerts to be notified via email of daily deal alerts. Deals last for 24 hours only and come with free shipping.
Sears: Sears has an online deal center which lists all in-store and online deals including a Deal of the Day. Sign up for email alerts. Shop your Way members get a sneak peak at upcoming deals.
Walmart: Get to Walmart’s “Value of the Day” from the navigation bar at the top of the home page. They also list additional deals on the home page.
For additional retailers with daily deals check out this list from MoneyTalksNews.com.
Do you prefer daily deals from retailers or from deal sites such as Groupon? Which option do you think offers the better deals?
– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog