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  • Jul 8, 2011
    10:04 AM ET

    Why Groupon Competitors are Bad for Customers

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    As competition among daily deal sites heats up, the half-priced offers consumers have become used to seeing in their inbox each morning could soon start disappearing.

    Practically unheard of two years ago, there are now more than 600 sites offering a daily rotation of limited-time deals at local businesses, usually with discounts of 50% or better. The battle is fierce enough, reports The Wall Street Journal, that industry leader Groupon has been steadily losing market share, from 52% nationwide in April to 48% in May. In Boston, one of its bigger markets, Groupon’s revenue per subscriber dropped from $20 in the second quarter of 2010, to $15 during the first quarter of 2011.

  • Jul 7, 2011
    3:06 PM ET

    How to Buy Designer Jeans At a Discount

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    Designers are betting that the economy has improved enough to support new jeans priced at $200, $300 — or more. Savvy shoppers, however, can easily save 50% on those same pairs.

    Much of the high price tag on so-called premium denim comes from higher costs of manufacturing in the U.S. rather than abroad, according to a report in today’s Wall Street Journal. There’s also the allure of signature cuts or details, like elaborate shading that slims and elongates legs, and a hefty dose of brand reputation. “People are getting hung up on the hype,” says Kathryn Finney, the founder of TheBudgetFashionista.com. “It’s ridiculous to spend $300 on a pair of jeans.”

  • Jun 15, 2011
    5:28 PM ET

    A New Way to Beat Deal Fatigue

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    One daily email offer of half-priced deals on local restaurants, gyms and other attractions is exciting. Dozens of emails, as the number of sites making such offers multiplies, is overwhelming — and T-Mobile wants you to know that it feels your pain.

    The carrier launched a free Android app today that cherry-picks deals from LivingSocial and other deal sites, based on your location and interests. T-Mobile says the More for Me app will be available on other platforms this summer, with a free text-message option for flip-phone owners who don’t have access to apps. The app isn’t exclusively available to T-Mobile subscribers, although they stand to benefit most: the carrier plans to include offers on its own products and services.

    Sites that pull together offers from a slew of daily deal providers aren’t particularly new, nor are aggregator apps that match users’ location with the limited-time-only offers: iPhone and Android users can use The DealMap, and there’s 8Coupons.com for iPhone owners. But shoppers have gotten more interested as the daily deal market swells, says Jack Vonder Heide, the president of Technology Briefing Centers. “Consumers are overwhelmed, looking at all the emails,” he says. Aggregators provide a way to unsubscribe from the deluge but still get the deals.

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