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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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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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NZ Deals sites pulls out of the market

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

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1-DayOut.co.nz has pulled out of the NZ daily deals market less than a year after its launch.

The daily deals site was offering dining, activity and experience deals such as sky-diving. It was operated as a sister site to the prominent New Zealand products site 1-Day which sells three products a day at a heavily discounted price.

The daily deal model was not viable for their company, said Race Louden, Group Sales and Marketing Manager at 1-Day.

The company is continuing their work on 1-Day.co.nz, which only offers products. The markup on products means that deals are more practical [...]

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South African deals site taken hostage by developer

June 17th, 2011 : posted in News by M Bryant

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A developer in South Africa has accused a daily deals site, DealsOn.co.za, of refusing to pay him for his services by posting a note on their Facebook page.

The developer has named two people in charge of the site and contends that they owe him R2,000 – equivalent of about $276.

“Cheers Zane Briner and Aisling Kelly, and next time you decide to screw someone, make sure it’s worth it. Keep your site, and keep your lousy R2000. I can make the money back my saving on deals at Groupon and Dealio,” says the note.

The company have [...]

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Unnamed deals site takes out ‘for sale’ ad

June 15th, 2011 : posted in News by C Steele

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bid or dealAn unnamed Perth daily deals site claiming more than $22m in “retail commitments” is up for sale.

The seller also claims to own over 300 daily deals related URLs, including ColesDealDaily.com and several other branded domains.

The Financial Review ad claims that the site has been in development for over six months and has an “exclusive license agreements” to use a CMS from a company in the US. The company must be sold, it says, because a large creditor failed to pay “other related company”.

The group also claim [...]

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Coupons.com raises $200 million

June 9th, 2011 : posted in News by M Bryant

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coupons.comCalifornia-based Coupons.com announced yesterday that they have raised $200 million in funding from institutional investors, including several mutual funds.

The investment is said to value the company at around $1 billion. Techcrunch reported that sources close to Coupons.com said the valuation is based on an expected $100 million in revenues this year – twice their 2010 revenue. It’s possible that the company is considering an IPO.

“This investment will help fuel our growth, as we continue to revolutionize the multibillion-dollar coupons industry that, for decades, has relied predominately on [...]

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Groupon ‘wildly profitable’, says founder

June 8th, 2011 : posted in News by C Steele

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Days after daily deals site Groupon announced a $750million initial public offering, founder and largest shareholder Eric Lefkofsky announced that the daily deals site, despite currently running at a massive loss, was going to be “wildly profitable”.

The company had issued an internal memo earlier this month, according to Bloomberg, that request employees to ‘keep quiet’ about the IPO.

After these remarks Groupon may be forced to make a new prospectus and fillings before it issues any shares to the public.

The US Securities Commission limits what companies who are planning initial public offerings can say about their future prospects. [...]

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Group buying industry responds to Groupon concerns

June 6th, 2011 : posted in News by M Bryant

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Groupon IPOThere have been numerous concerns and questions about the sustainability of Groupon since the company released an IPO valuing themselves at around $20 billion. Moreso, the group buying model itself, pioneered by Groupon, has been re-examined for its long term validity.

The IPO revealed that Groupon lost $US413m in 2010 after aggressive customer acquisitions.

Local group buying sites responded yesterday maintaining that they are profitable, despite the huge losses of Groupon in the US.

Catch of the Day revealed that their site Scoopon is showing profits, while Deals.com.au founder Adam Schwab [...]

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