Daily deals

Groupon Working on Global Consumer Deals

Groupon is working on cross-border and multi-country deals as the world's largest online daily deals provider looks for newer ways to build market share and help retailers broaden their footprint, a top executive said.

Where Bake Sales Meet Daily Deals: Welcome to Schoola.com

Here's one trend: School budgets are getting sliced year after year, leaving parents and PTAs struggling fill in the gaps. Here's another: Groupon-style daily deal sites are still extremely popular. Enter Schoola, a startup that funnels profits from discount deals straight into classrooms.

Starbucks Gives a Potent Caffeine Jolt to the Daily Deals Business

Baristas will be busier in the coming days: Daily-deals website LivingSocial sold 1.5 million $10 Starbucks gift certificates Wednesday. It's not just a testament to the allure of Starbucks; it's a sign that group-buying websites are alive and well despite Groupon's free-falling stock.

Amazon Works to Perfect the Art of the Daily Deal

The problem with most daily deal sites is that the bargains you're offered aren't necessarily the ones you want. That's where Amazon thinks it can gain an advantage, by leveraging its signature product recommendation technology.

Sorry, Santa: Tips for Unloading Unwanted Gifts

You love Grandma, but you're not feeling that floral jumpsuit she gave you. And that gift card from Omaha Steaks won't quite work: Auntie forgot you're a vegetarian. Here are a few tips to help you ditch this season's gifting goofs.

Forget the Fruitcake: Give Skydiving Lessons

Forget the material things %u2014 reindeer sweaters, clunky toys, stocking stuffers that end up as, well, stuff. How about a skydiving lesson, a spa pampering or a night at a cozy bed and breakfast This holiday season, a lasting memory is worth a thousand knickknacks.

The Groupon Backlash Has Begun

Daily deals services are multiplying even faster than savings-hungry consumers can track them. But this business model is deeply flawed: A significant fraction of those who purchase a deal never even redeem their coupons, meaning these so-called "promotions" are failures, for shoppers and retailers both. And merchants can suffer when deals are redeemed.

Last Week's Biggest Market Head-Scratchers

Wall Street can be fickle, leaving investors scratching their heads in bewilderment. Some of last week's biggest surprises, blunders, and flat-out boneheaded moves included Morgan Stanley's downgrading of Google, another step toward a LivingSocial IPO, and irrational exuberance with respect to Wendy's stock.

How to Ditch Daily Deal Fatigue

There are so many deal a day sites or daily deal components to other sites that a person could lose their mind -- or at least the better part of day...

Groupon Goes on Asian Buying Spree

Just as rumors swirl about a possible Google acquisition of Groupon, the rapidly growing two-year-old start-up made three recent acquisitions of its own.

Yelp Goes Groupon: Who Will Win in Local Deals?

Watch out, Groupon: Local reviews site Yelp has begun rolling out weekly deals in a number of cities. While the group buying site has a big leap on Yelp, there are many reasons why the latecomer could bridge the gap quickly.

Target deals designer duds

Target is really going upscale, offering big name brands for less on its Web site. And these aren't home-grown house brands either, but established...

The Darwin Awards 4: $3.99 at Amazon

If watching the mess that is our financial markets isn't quite giving you your daily dose of stupidity, Wendy Nortcutt is here to help with The...