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Most important, almost a third buy online using their tablets. You can find sales from more than online retailers. ComScore , which tracks online media, reports that more than half of the deals consist of free shipping.

Retailers also offered various price discounts. Other offers included free gifts with purchase. The increasing power of cell phones is driving that growth. The success of internet retailing spells doom for brick-and-mortar stores. In , former J. Those that do will serve the highest-earning 20 percent.

The falling popularity of group buying as an e-commerce model both saddens and surprises me and I never stop wondering what actually went wrong. In this article, I attempt to piece together all the findings that my research in this area has led to. When group buying was establishing a foothold, its popularity was largely attributed to social media. Since we gave credit, are we supposed to put the blame on social media too? Yes and no. The popularity of group buying eroded over time and social media was instrumental in that. When group buying was climbing the ladder of popularity, users on a row were endorsing it.

For them the idea was altogether new. They told their friends too. This is how the organic reach of campaigns run by Groupon, LivingSocial and Eversave grew by leaps and bounds.

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But the negative side of this hoopla became apparent as soon as the craze settled down. Then, users became unreceptive to even paid campaigns. So I think it would be correct to say social media bolstered group buying campaigns heavily, completely ignoring the fact that those campaigns involved very little organic effort. And then, when some users turned their backs on the daily deal offers and found interest in new e-commerce models, others in their contact lists did the same. Groupon made a similar announcement in Initially, I ruled out competition from small brands as the reason behind the two back-to-back announcements.

Even small brands could very well make their presence felt despite being bootstrapped with monetary deficits. That makes all the difference. All a brand needs to do, be it big or small, is reach out to the retailers and convince them about the viability of daily deal offers.

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An efficient sales team could easily pull this off for a daily deal site. They worked silently with on-board sales people and kept increasing the headcounts of local retail merchants in their lists. One retail merchant could work with more than one daily deal site, and consumers could purchase deals from multiple sites.

Opportunity was for everybody to scoop, not exclusively for top brands. Groupon gives customers credits for encouraging their friends to purchase deals. On occasion, the site offers deals to help charities raise money. The bad A Rice University study found that a third of surveyed merchants did not turn a profit with Groupon. Business owners complain online that Groupon customers are unnecessarily demanding and bad tippers, along with blasting the site for misrepresenting terms and extending deals for longer than agreed upon.

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Groupon is also facing a class-action lawsuit alleging that it deceived customers and flouted rules that cover expiration dates for gift certificates. The site spreads out payments over three months. Because of its size, Groupon can demand a higher share of the sales price and force merchants to cede a lot of control. LivingSocial The second-largest online coupon site, LivingSocial reaches about 26 million people a day, operating in 13 countries.

The good Unlike Groupon, LivingSocial makes good on the deal regardless of how many people buy it. Site staffers assist small business owners during peak redemption periods, such as right after a coupon is released or just before its expiration date. Customers receive perks for recruiting new users. Deals are shared through special web links and if three people sign up, the person who originally distributed the deal gets it for free.

Because LivingSocial is smaller than Groupon, merchants say they can exert more influence over the content of the deal. LivingSocial also has more favorable payment terms, cutting a check within 15 days of the deal ending. The bad Merchants complain online that LivingSocial salespeople are great until there is a problem. Others chide the company for letting customers purchase as many as 10 vouchers for a single deal and not capping deals as requested. Like Groupon, LivingSocial takes about 50 percent of all deal proceeds as commission.

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Woot Launched in by an electronics wholesaler and acquired by Amazon last year, the Texas-based Woot started by selling just one item a day, mostly tech-related. The site takes an irreverent marketing approach. The bad Online complaints against Woot cite broken items, slow shipping and bad customer service.

Eversave has a robust referral program, which offers new customers credit just for signing up and distributes bonus codes to existing customers. Businesses can donate a portion of deal proceeds to local charities. The bad Users are asked to provide personal information before accessing coupons. The good Longer deals provide maximum visibility for merchants.

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The site pays businesses within 30 days of the end of a promotion, and customers often exchange vouchers for store gift cards to be used at any time. BuyWithMe allows merchants greater flexibility in timing discounts. Businesses are involved in generating and reviewing ads, providing information about awards and other differentiators.

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According to BuyWithMe statistics, 87 percent of buyers spend more than the value of their vouchers and 90 percent are new customers. Similar to LivingSocial users, BuyWithMe members share deals and if three friends purchase the same deal, the deal is on the house for the original member.