Meet The Dealer

September 21st, 2011 : posted in Site News by M Bryant

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Things have been happening so fast here it appears that we forgot to introduce ourselves properly!

In case you weren’t sure if the site was run by some large agency or just a pimply teen in his bedroom – you’re mostly wrong, on both counts!

The Dealer is run by two young entrepreneurs: myself, Morris Bryant, and Ruben Sargsyan. My brother, Cameron Bryant, jumps in sometimes with a blog post or two when he’s feeling charitable!

Morris Bryant

I’m an online marketer from the Blue Mountains and have been in the space [...]

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Crowdsauce and Deals.com.au launch on The Dealer!

September 21st, 2011 : posted in News by M Bryant

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CrowdsauceWe’re happy to announce that we’ve now added Crowdsauce and Deals.com.au to The Dealer!

You’ll see them next time you take a look at the deals page: sorted by category + cheap, as always!

Crowdsauce are a little more interesting than your standard daily deals site – they offer users the chance to request deals from merchants, as well as purchase deals that have already been requested + negotiated by their team.

The graphic below says it best.

We’re pretty excited to have an affiliation with them – just like us, [...]

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Stardeals becomes Groupon after domain settlement

August 11th, 2011 : posted in News by M Bryant

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Groupon.com.au Some weeks after reaching a settlement over the Groupon.com.au domain, Stardeals has relaunched on the domain under the confusing banner “Stardeals Groupon Australia“.

You’ve probably heard the Stardeals / Groupon story by now? Two opportunistic Australian brothers snatched up Groupon.com.au as well as the Australian Groupon trademark just months before Groupon began to move into the Australian market.

The brothers, Gabby and Hezi Leibovich, are behind Scoopon and Catch of the Day.

Groupon initially offered them $286,000 for the domain, which they accepted – though they later reneged on [...]

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Interview: Dale Reardon of Discount Lovers

July 18th, 2011 : posted in News by M Bryant

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Daily Deals in TasmaniaTasmanians will no longer be on the sidelines of the daily deals market.

Dale Reardon and his wife, two local Tasmanians, are launching Discount Lovers – a new daily deals site for Tassie. Read our interview below.

What’s the plan?

Our initial plans are to service Tasmania only.  My wife and I are both Tasmanians so have a close relationship with Tasmania and its lifestyle.  The future might see other regional areas that aren’t serviced by the big players but we’ll concentrate on being successful in Tasmania first.

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Guest Post: The Future of Daily Deals

July 15th, 2011 : posted in Commentary by B Marsh

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There’s no doubt that Daily Deals are here to stay, with daily deal providers sprouting up all over the place on an almost daily (pardon the pun) basis, so I thought I’d take the time to reflect on where we came from, where we’re at now & what the future might hold.

Where we came from…

In my opinion, it all started around 2004 with a popular website in the US called Woot!

Woot! provided one deal a day, everyday. The deal was almost always a product that would be delivered to you: no restaurants, no sky diving, just a [...]

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Niche daily deals sites

July 13th, 2011 : posted in Deals by M Bryant

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There are dozens of daily deals sites in Australia, and more launching every week. Perhaps the most interesting, however, are the niche sites that are popping up everywhere, selling everything from wine to designer clothing.

The benefits of niche sites, if they can sustain themselves with smaller audiences, are great for all – retailers get stronger conversion rates from more engaged audiences, while consumers have access to more qualified, relevant deals.

Here’s a quick list of some of the current Australian niche sites. We’ll be adding more as we find them – be sure to comment below if you know [...]

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Scoopon lays claim over the word “scoop”

July 7th, 2011 : posted in News by M Bryant

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BellabuyNiche group buying site Beautyscoop were forced to change their name to Bellabuy after Scoopon accused the startup of trademark infringement for using the word ‘scoop‘.

The co-founders of Bellabuy are two work-from-home mums who say they couldn’t afford to make an objection to Scoopon’s claims.

“We were told by our lawyer to get rid of the name. Scoopon eventually agreed to a 30-day period in which we had to completely rebrand our website and redo all our promotional material,” said one of the founders, who remained anonymous.

The founders estimated [...]

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Should you run a daily deal for your business?

July 6th, 2011 : posted in Commentary by M Bryant

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Should I run a daily deal?Daily deals are certainly a hot topic at the moment, particularly since the announced IPOs of both Groupon and Livingsocial.

There’s a lot of press about daily deals not being a fruitful or sustainable strategy for merchants, though mostly it’s very one-sided and ignorant of a very basic rule in marketing: not every channel suits every merchant.

Does it suit your business?

Before preparing a deal and negotiating terms with an operator, you need to ask yourself this question. Many businesses just aren’t suited to daily [...]

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Innovation in the group buying industry

June 29th, 2011 : posted in Commentary by M Bryant

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It seems everyone has an opinion on where group buying is headed next, as with every emerging market; and perhaps moreso online when trends can be even more short-lived or transform overnight.

No one can doubt that group buying is going to change. If you take heed of anything published by Groupon’s scorned enemy, Rocky Agrawal, you’d believe that the industry might actually topple, rather than transform. The latest article describes the potential for fraud, yet fails to offer an example. Isn’t there potential for fraud, and also concrete examples of fraud, in almost any industry?

Anyway, we’re [...]

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Half-price cinema tickets, Australia-wide

June 22nd, 2011 : posted in Deals by M Bryant

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Harry PotterWant to catch the new Harry Potter and save yourself $21? Go on, be a cheap date!

Spreets are offering 2x cinema tickets for just $18 – a saving of over 50%.

The tickets can be used at over 50 cinemas Australia-wide, including Dendy, IMAX, Palace, Cineplex, Ace Cinemas and several others!

Spreets ran this deal just a week or two ago and sold loads – it’s no wonder they’ve put it up again. If you missed out then, now’s the time to get [...]

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