A few days ago, I read a really good article on Mashable about the Daily Deals phenomenon. From a marketing perspective, daily deals seem to have completely overhauled the local advertising landscape. But is the market simply overcrowded? Are deals going away because there’s too much competition? I love me a good Groupon, Living Social deal or other, but sometimes they can get a tad, um, overwhelming.
I have had to start a running list to keep track of all of the deals I’ve bought. I may have a problem that requires a support group.
As consumers, we can choose from Deal Bug, Eversave, Muncharoo, PetSimply for our furry friends, Pick your Plum for craft supplies, and WeddingChannel/WeddingWire deals for wedding services, and literally hundreds more. Even Facebook wanted in on the Deals trend for awhile. According to the article I mentioned, they quietly sunsetted that program earlier this week, likely due to too much competition. For the most part, nearly any service you want from house cleaning to window washing can be purchased on a deal, if you wait long enough. Truth is, there are just a ton of deals to be had out there these days.
In a tough economy, is that so bad?
My main issue with all of these deals is that every single company wants to send you a daily email advertising what steals they have that day. Receiving that many emails is annoying. If you’re anything like me, you wake up and check your iPhone first thing, scrolling through emails for anything that catches your eye. This can be fun to an extent, but it gets pretty tired after awhile.
Enter a solution!
Instead of getting 1,204 emails every day with deals, I have simply bookmarked Deal Radar. This is a site that aggregates several of the top deal sites in the area. Currently, they monitor Groupon, Living Social, Eversave, Muncharoo, Blissmo, CouponMob, CrowdSavings, Everybody Buys, and PetSimply in Kansas City. They may work with even more sites in your area. All you have to do is go to their site, pick your city, and here’s what you see:
Pretty handy! Am I right or am I right!
Now, Deal Radar is not encompassing by all means. The deal sites have to pay to aggregate on Deal Radar, and some of them don’t want to do that. They’re missing a few that I’d like to see on there, such as the KC Star DealSaver. However, for the time being, it saves me from getting at least 7 emails a day from the deal sites themselves. And lucky for me, I’m a fan of a neat and tidy inbox.
All that said, there is one deal site that I’m happy to get emails from every morning, and that’s WUSLU. WUSLU is a newer deal service site that has a one-a-day décor deal. I found out about it through Thrifty Décor Chick and I am hooked. Their décor deals are really reasonably priced and shipping is always $5. They have everything ranging from light fixtures to baskets to frames to pillows. I just bought this super cute stand with cloche today:
I know, cute right?? I am thinking this will be so perfect for fall, I can see a little gourd having a cozy little home under there.
Happy Labor Day Weekend! We are cookin’ up a mighty fine project over here that I hope to share with you early next week!