The Five Best Group Buying Sites

Posted on 06/28/2011

There are dozens of group buying sites that offer shoppers different daily deals featuring deep discounts on everything from kids’ clothes to hotel stays. We researched available group buying sites to find the best ones depending on the type of deals you’re hungry for.

Best Local Deals: Living Social - With more than 300 locales, Living Social offers deals tailored to your neck of the woods. Many of the businesses featured on the site will be owned by people in your community. Living Social is also offered in a variety of countries including Australia, Canada and Ireland. Another feature that separates Living Social from the crowd is that after you buy a deal you receive a unique link to share with your network. If three people buy the deal using your link you get it for free.

Best Deal Search: Yipit - Since hundreds of group buying sites exist, it’s virtually impossible to keep tabs on all of them. That’s where Yipit comes in. Every day Yipit searches 567 daily deal sites like Groupon, Buy With Me, and Tippr, recommending the best ones for your city.

Best Charity Deals: Groupon - There are several group buying sites that are focused on helping charities, but most of them are still pretty small. Groupon however has more than 35 million registered users and serves for than 250 markets. At various times they offer deals that help charities raise money. Last year they helped raise $162,000 by collecting donations from Groupon users.

Best Kids’ Deals: Gaggle of Chicks - Gaggle of Chicks offers daily deals at deep discounts for kid-centered items. Recent deals include half off organic snacks, half off wall decals and 52% off customizable super hero capes for kids. Local deals are only available in Houston and New York City, but more markets are on the way. There are plenty of nationwide deals that appeal to just about anyone with kids.

Best Travel Deals: Jetsetter - Jetsetter may not fall perfectly into the group-buying mold, but it does offer flash sales with rates not found anywhere else. You must be a member to access this site, however membership is free. All hotels and resorts featured on the site are held to extremely high standards so you can be sure you’re not being duped by doctored photography.

By Alison Storm

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