Groupons are taking the country by storm! Last November, we wrote about the emergence of groupon sites in Manila
and the first few companies who have dipped their toes in that industry. Since then, a bunch of new sites have launched successfully and are offering good deal after good deal. It seems that we Filipinos really like a bargain (I do, for sure)
. Here are some of the current groupon sites-
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/biglaanglakad
|“Live your city for less.”
Officially launched in January this year. Like most groupon sites, you have to sign up to their database before you can grab your preferred deal. They’re expanding business and will soon offer deals to major cities such as Antipolo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Cotabato, Dasmarinas, San Jose Del Monte, General Santos, and Zamboanga.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LocalRoam
|“Explore your city.”
LocalRoam is the only groupon site that I know off that offered a free deal. A few weeks ago, they offered tickets to the 2011 Food Festival for free, all you had to do was sign up, get the deal, and print out your coupons. They’re also have a forum where you can discuss the deals with the community.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pakyaw.com.ph
|“It’s a big deal!”
Using a name in vernacular that means to “buy in bulk“, Pakyaw probably has one of the better names (plus it has a nice ring to it). You get a p150 referral fee, if you’ve recommended it to a friend and the said friend avails of a deal. They also have a forum where you can discuss the deals with your fellow Pakyaw-ers. The site says they’re still in beta but they’ve already had a number of (successful) deals.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001404763035
|“Sweet deals in the Philippines.”
Beeconomic is under the original groupon site- Groupons, but serves countries in Asia such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and of course, the Philippines. Like Pakyaw, you also get a p150 referral fee that may be used for any of their deals anytime. Pretty sweet.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/dealgrocer
|“Offering you a taste of the good life.”
They had a luxurious set of Valentine’s day promos that included a 40% off on a helicopter ride for you and your date. Their main branch is in HongKong and because they also cater to many different countries, you will be charged in US dollars for a deal. It’s nothing to worry about because you see the amount in local currency anyway.
6. Ebay Kuponan
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/eBay-Kuponan
The worldwide bidding store eBay has also joined this groupon mania by branching out and offering groupon coupons as well. They’ve called it eBay Kuponan, which means “a place to get coupons” in English. They basically offer the same services as the rest, but because it’s eBay, newbs to groupons feel secure that they’re not getting scammed.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ensogophilippines?ref=ts
|“Let’s save together.”
Last, but certainly not the least, is Ensogo. Like Beeconomic, Ensogo is not a local company, it started in Thailand and because of the boom in the industry, they’ve branched out to Manila middle of last year and have been churning out fantastic deals after another.
Having this many groupon sites in the country is great for those of us who like getting their money’s worth. Each site offers awesome deals everyday, and all you have to do is watch out for that one you’ve been waiting for. You’d have to visit the sites regularly to make sure you won’t miss out on any of the good deals. Better join all the sites so you get regular emails of their new deals.
(Read all about Groupon Mania in Manila! (Part 1) here.)
There might be more local groupon sites that I’ve missed, if you know of others, please leave a comment and tell us all about it. Enjoy coupon shopping!
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