The the success of TLC’s ‘Extreme Couponing’, and sites like Groupon and Living Social taking off, more and more sites are jumping into the free coupon and group markdowns competition. Each trying to attract consumers and loyal visitors while the coupon craze is hot, by providing different and innovative ways to find and use coupons and discounts.
Some of the newest contenders jumping onto the coupon bandwagon within the last few weeks include:
Glenn Beck, the controversial, conservative, talk show host from the Fox News Channel has started his own Groupon knock off. Markdown.com is reported to be launching two to three new deals a week for now.
Social behemoth Facebook has also launched group markdown service for Facebook users, called Facebook Daily Deals.
Freecoupons.com has renovated and relaunched their website. Their blog has been redesigned to better provide specific coupon announcements, weekly store matchups and shopping tips, and the site now provides a way for shoppers to share coupons with others in their community.
Google Wallet – introduced but not yet launched, is expected to be available this summer. You can read our report about this service here. Not only will Google Wallet provide a way to charge purchases with your phone, but consumers will also be able to use it to take advantage of coupon and customer loyalty benefits.
Stampede.It is a new group markdown site that specializes in digital goods, such as app, games, software and music.
Savingstar.com is a bit different. A user selects what coupons they would like to use on the site. Once purchased at the store, rather than take the coupon price off your bill, the money is sent to the user’s Savingstar account. Once the amount is $5 or more, the user can have it sent to their bank, paypal account or put on an Amazon gift card. So far, the following stores are participating: Piggly Wiggly, CVS, Rite Aid, Harveys, Kroger, Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, Food Lion and Winn Dixie.
Couponnetwork.com provides a software program for printing out free coupons, and also has YourBuck offers, which the site describes as a ‘dollars-off rewards on future purchases.’