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Group buying websites

Group buying websites offer products and services at huge discounts. Whether you’re into spa treatments or spring break vacations, there’s a deal for you somewhere. Once the minimum number of buyers has made a purchase you can expect to see some pretty heavy discounts.

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Overall
groupon has a rating of five  overall livingsocial has a rating of five  overall plum district has a rating of four  overall crowd savings has a rating of three  overall dealster has a rating of three  overall
Signup
groupon has a rating of five for signup livingsocial has a rating of five for signup plum district has a rating of three for signup crowd savings has a rating of three for signup dealster has a rating of four for signup
Variety
groupon has a rating of five for variety livingsocial has a rating of five for variety plum district has a rating of four for variety crowd savings has a rating of three for variety dealster has a rating of three for variety
Information
groupon has a rating of five for information livingsocial has a rating of five for information plum district has a rating of three for information crowd savings has a rating of three for information dealster has a rating of three for information
Purchases
groupon has a rating of five for purchases livingsocial has a rating of five for purchases plum district has a rating of three for purchases crowd savings has a rating of four for purchases dealster has a rating of three for purchases
Cancellation
groupon has a rating of five for cancellation livingsocial has a rating of five for cancellation plum district has a rating of three for cancellation crowd savings has a rating of three for cancellation dealster has a rating of three for cancellation
Incentive & rewards
groupon has a rating of five for incentive & rewards livingsocial has a rating of five for incentive & rewards plum district has a rating of three for incentive & rewards crowd savings has a rating of four for incentive & rewards dealster has a rating of three for incentive & rewards
Ease of use
groupon has a rating of five for ease of use livingsocial has a rating of five for ease of use plum district has a rating of three for ease of use crowd savings has a rating of three for ease of use dealster has a rating of three for ease of use
Help & support
groupon has a rating of five for help & support livingsocial has a rating of five for help & support plum district has a rating of three for help & support crowd savings has a rating of three for help & support dealster has a rating of four for help & support
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Telephone support
groupon offers telephone support livingsocial offers telephone support plum district offers telephone support crowd savings offers telephone support dealster does not offer telephone support
Email support
groupon offers email support livingsocial offers email support plum district offers email support crowd savings offers email support dealster offers email support
Live chat
groupon does not offer live chat livingsocial does not offer live chat plum district offers live chat crowd savings offers live chat dealster does not offer live chat
FAQs
groupon offers faqs livingsocial offers faqs plum district offers faqs crowd savings offers faqs dealster does not offer faqs

Group buying websites explained

What are group buying websites?

Group buying websites are also known as daily deal websites, because most of the deals available are offered for a time-limited period. So if the minimum number of deals is reached and it’s before the deal deadline - the deal is on! Look for a group buying website with a lot of variety and different deals each day so you’re sure to find something you like.

How does it work?

The website offers a discount deal or deals every day from a local or national business. Small-print gives you the details about where the deal is located and any conditions the deal comes with. If you want to take the deal you pay for it with your credit card. If enough people also pay for the deal, the deal is activated, your card is charged and you receive a coupon to print out or show to the business on your mobile device.

Key issues

Groupon – the leading group buying site – is now considered to be the fastest growing website of all time. Group buying websites have grown massively in popularity over the last few years and now most cities and towns have linked discounts. Although group buying websites help you to save money, it’s worth remembering that they also encourage you to spend more so manage your account like you would an online shopping website.

If you are a retailer or merchant you can offer your products and services to help gain access to a new set of potential long term customers. Access to a new group of customers is certainly a positive, but on the downside you will have to take a fairly heavy price cut. There have also been reports of businesses being overwhelmed by the response to a deal and struggling to meet the demand over a short period of time.

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