Sale! Price Off! Discounts! These words are enough to have any shopaholic’s eyes go big and heart palpitate with excitement. Yet, in today’s click and buy paradigm, deals could almost be easily found (that is if you know where to look).
Group buying sites have a value-for-money approach to online shopping. With all the stories regarding such sites—both positive and negative—it pays to do your homework first and learn more about the merchant. Do study the terms and conditions first. Ask for feedback from people you know who’ve subscribed to the site and made actual purchases of items being offered.
It also helps to involve your friends and family not just for the fun factor but also to stop you from making impulse purchases or to make sure that you do use the vouchers you’ve bought. (Won’t it be a waste if you don’t use that cheap massage or hotel stay only because you weren’t able to fit them in you schedule?)
Here’s this week’s Window Shopper roll call on top e-commerce sites—and the people behind them!—that would surely give you your hard-earned money’s worth.
1. Cash Cash Pinoy
This e-commerce website has been up and running for more than 18 months now. It established its premier brand through gaining the trust of its clientele—ranging from the A to D market. “You have first to understand your market, adapt your offer,” said Frederic Levy, chief executive officer of Cash Cash Pinoy. “We established our brand because people know that we are reliable and that they can trust us.”
Deals range from Phillip Stein watches to items from Uni Silver, travel deals from Athens to Boracay. In fact, Levy is proud to say that everything that can be found on the site is for him the best deal, “Is it a good product? Is it a good service? That’s the first thing. Is it something good? Now, let us try to make a good deal out of that something good.”
Cash Cash Pinoy is one of the top e-commerce or group buying sites today as it reaches out to the clients, Levy says, “we do not sell something that we haven’t tried and when there is a problem we fix it.”
In fact, he even shares a dilemma that the company encountered, “A few months ago, a restaurant closed, we refunded everything. Legally speaking we don’t have to, but we did. That was a lot of money. It’s etiquette”
So how will we ensure that group buying sites and merchants would run the deals? “There is a contract, we don’t run any deal, unless there is any contract,” answers Levy. The contract assures the clients that the merchant is bound by legal laws to deliver the services.
Even though ecommerce sites are not the ones liable for mishaps such as the restaurant’s closing, instances like this makes Cash Cash Pinoy a trust-worthy ecommerce site.
2. Deal Grocer
Deal Grocer has been known for its high-end deals—as their website did say they pick out only the best restaurants, resorts, clubs, wellness centres, and other lifestyle establishments. If you want to live the high life then this e-commerce site would bring you just that—at a discounted price. Deals range from designer gowns (Veejay Floresca) to a one-night only CCP play (Madame Butterfly), even a stay at luxurios resorts (say Misibis Bay or The Farm).
The fact that 50% of the global population earn less than US$2 a day (that cannot even buy you a Big Mac) is one of the reasons why this top group buying site continues to push for good treats. The company started in 2010, and gives value-for-money deals for travel packages to appliances.
“Our mission is not only to deliver irresistible deals and offers,” discloses the DealsTent team. “It’s to cater to your every need.”
DealsTent focuses on bringing fun, family-friendly offers for its consumers. “We strive to be different. We work well with merchants in devising product schemes and new takes on existing offers,” says team. “With DealsTent, you get the same deep discounts as you do with other group buying sites, but with products and services that really speak to the Filipino consumer. It’s not about offering the cheapest, most inexpensive thing out there – it’s about offering something that people can actually use.”
DealsTent may be a new player in the group buying industry , but it slowly and surely is making a name for itself through its numerous deals and promos. “DealsTent combs through the best merchants in the metro to give you exclusive deals to enjoy,” added the team. “We negotiate for hard to get discounts on hard-to resist deals from local businesses and provide significant savings to our loyal followers and subscribers. We hope to give you the absolute best the Metro has to offer!”
5. Metro Deal
Metro Deal keeps their customers happy simply by treating them how they want to be treatedand that is through great discounts and amazing steals. Buffet dinner cruise (sold 40,000 times), an eat-all-you-can buffet treat, a laser hair removal deal are some top notch items this group buying site know we want! Truly, you can live your city for less.
A player in the group buying industry since October 2010, DealSpot have outstanding offers which consumers “mostly take advantage of the health care offers, from head to toe, for men and women,” says Joy Labuguen of DealSpot Philippines.
“We make sure that our clients would have accessibility to the venues we present, as well as the option to choose the best offers of products, with guaranteed modest services,” Labuguen tells us. “Second in our list (of best selling deals) would be the electronic gadgets and As Seen on TV items, making it more attractive is that it usually comes with free delivery within Metro Manila, A proof is our high percentage of repeat orders, stable increase in referrals and positive community feedback.”
Dealspot is currently widening its market as it organizes offers for dining and travel deals. “We are focusing to present more dining deals within the metro: restaurants that would not only be sumptuous to your taste, but something that would dare you to savor the extraordinary. Also we are currently exerting our efforts to catch hotel and travel deals,” shares Labuguen.
“Awful reviews are what we limit to gain,” Labuguen adds. “You can easily contact our published numbers with any inquiries you have and even feel free to send us an email.”
Backed by an American Company with the same name and success, Get steals for cinema tickets, meals, massages and many more.
You think your savings was well worth it, well browse through buyanihan.com and be amazed at the discounts they offer—only 50% and above reductions. They go by a simple philosophy, ‘Offer unbeatable deals that Filipinos will not pass up and will share with everyone they know. Those who shop and have fun together, save and stay together.’