You must have been hiding under a virtual rock this summer if you missed being bombarded online by Groupon ads that displayed photos of delicious food – enticing you to click and sign-up for their daily social deals. Once I became obsessed with Groupon, I started to notice a myriad of other daily social deal sites explode onto the Internet scene.
A lot of the original daily social deal sites were based in the US and just targeted Canadian cities. However, I’ve seen a number of Canadian sites launch in the past few months. Most recently, TorStar Digital launched WagJag.com. I heard from a source at the company that they recently sold almost 14,000 burgers in a “Buy $5 for $10 worth of Burgers” deal on behalf of South Street Burger Co. Man, had I known about that deal, I would have definitely bought-in!
So, how does one find out about all of these daily social deals in the frantic, busy lifestyle that we lead? The solution – daily deal aggregator sites. I’ve discovered two daily deal aggregator sites based in the US and one of them has just launched in Toronto – DealGator.com. Yipit.com is another daily deal aggregator of note but they have yet to launch in Canada. These sites aggregate daily social deals from other sites based on your specified interest in deals like restaurants, spa/beauty, travel and more. I guess that the race is on to see who aggregates all of the daily social deals in Canada first? I’m excited to see what other sites will evolve out of this mass daily social deal site frenzy.
I’ve read a lot of articles lately that talk about whether or not the business model for sites like Groupon is sustainable – especially when it comes to negotiating deals with larger retailers. I’m sure there will be an eventual shake-up in this newly developed industry. However, I will enjoy the fruits (or cupcakes if they’re the deal of the day) of their labour in the meantime 🙂
7 thoughts on “The Race is on to be the Next Groupon Contender in Canada”
This industry is getting bigger by the day.
Check out http://www.dealbyday.com for a larger aggregator with more cities and more deals!
Enjoy the savings!
This just in – Yipit.com is now in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver!
Daily deals from various types of deal sites can be viewed and available all in one website. If you want to see them all, just visit http://www.GroupBUyUnited.com to save money and time on deals! 🙂
I love group buying but hate the spam — I’d HIGHLY recommend using:
It’s the ONLY Vancouver daily deal aggregator that is able to grab every single deal available to Vancouverites! Trust me, I actually counted and compared! Plus their format is very efficient — just like reading the classifieds! The only downside is that they’re not the most aggressive expanders and are currently only available in Vancouver, and I think Calgary… but at least they do make it a priority to nail down every single deal in each city before moving on!
It’s the ONLY Vancouver daily deal aggregator that is able to grab every single deal available to Vancouverites!
No, it’s not the only one. Try this one http://onespout.com/deals/vancouver – 37 deals at the time of posting for Vancouver (snapshot http://www.peeep.us/d9a197a9 ) . MiserMcGee has 0 (or 1 if we count the sponsored deal), here is the snapshot proof http://www.peeep.us/b827dce4
Thanks for this post. I definitely agree with what you are saying. I have been talking about this subject a lot lately with my father so hopefully this will get him to see my point of view. Fingers crossed!
I think http://www.dealbot.net is the best one I’ve found so far – clean interface and you get an e-mail every morning.