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Why You Can't Resist Daily Deals

Groupon may have experienced growing pains, but the daily deal site's business model is gaining purchase -- and so are its shares.

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.

American Express, Twitter Team Up to Offer Daily Deals

American Express is making a bid to bring cardholders its own version of Groupon-like daily deal offers, joining forces with Twitter in an attempt to turn America into a "couponless nation." The program will undoubtedly offer good discounts -- but can it last in the long term?

4 Types of 'Social Shopper': Which One Are You?

In a digital era defined by sites like Facebook, Foursquare and Groupon, a new breed of consumers has emerged: social shoppers, people increasingly relying on the wisdom of the digital crowd to help them make their purchasing decisions. Sound like someone you know? Read on ...

Will Discount Deal Lovers Pay to be Groupon VIPs?

Active Groupon users now have a way to sweeten their relationships with the daily deals leader -- but it's going to cost them. Groupon is rolling out Groupon VIP, a program where deal chasers pay $29.99 a year for enhanced benefits on the site.

Why Groupon Will Never Be Great Again

On the surface, it appears daily deals purveyor Groupon is more popular than ever. It ended 2011 with 33 million active customers in 47 countries, and it's growing fast. But look closer, and there are signs that "Groupon fatigue" is kicking in.

How to Avoid 2011's Spending Traps in 2012

In 2011, shoppers were hot -- sometimes too hot -- for bargains, and a little too sensitive to the day's financial news. Savings gurus Jean Chatzky and JB Orecchia weigh in on the year's major spending pitfalls, and how to dodge them in 2012.

A New Deal: Could PayPal Out-Coupon Groupon?

There's a new daily deals player, and it's a company that's near and dear to your virtual pocketbook. And if you think the online coupons sector is too saturated for a fresh entry to make a dent, you're ignoring a few important things about PayPal.

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 Best Way to Play the Groupon IPO

Groupon's IPO is finally on track. The daily-deals leader will settle for a smaller offering than it had envisioned, but it should go public by the end of next week. But there are more ways than the IPO to bet on the Groupon flash sale model: Consider these dot-com smarties that are all over the niche.

Dump Groupon? Five Sites That Might Save You More

Do you really need Groupon or LivingSocial? If you answered "yes," you're among a shrinking minority. Really, Groupons are meant to entice us to try things we otherwise wouldn't. Couponing, though, is how smart shoppers cut costs on what they already buy, and these five sites can save you a bundle.

Most Expensive Groupon? The One You Forget to Use

As Groupon prepares for its IPO, here's a gentle reminder to the company's original public investors: the bargain buyers. If you don't redeem those Daily Deals -- and many of us forget to after we buy them -- they're just money down the drain for you, and pure profit for the company.

New Site Lets Shoppers Name Their Own Deals

Popular daily-deal sites, such as Groupon and LivingSocial, work with businesses to offer group discounts for shoppers. New site oBaz, which launches Tuesday, wants to reverse the model by enabling shoppers to ask for what they want.

Are Group Deal Sites Costing You Too Much Time?

A penny saved, they say, is a penny earned -- which explains the popularity of group-buying websites. But they also say that time is money, which is why you may be feeling like the daily slog through all those discount deals is becoming more trouble than it's worth. But there are ways to keep the bargains and take back your inbox.