Deal sites provide several products at a discount to the customers. These sites enable marketers to make more people to try their products as well as cover up for the low demand during off seasons. Customers who like the product can repurchase from them the company and recommend the products to others. The end beneficiary is of course the customer. You can try out a new restaurant, resort or a salon without burning a hole in your pocket. Lot of deal sites started their operations in India in the recent past. I have selected and reviewed the best 5 among them.
Below are the 5 best deal sites in India. Most of these deal sites have Android apps for easily buying the deals from you phone. Links to the apps are provided with each of the site.
Snapdeal.com is the deal site which made daily deals popular in India. Snapdeal has grown from strength to strength since its inception in February, 2010. It was initially started as a pure deal site, but has recently started selling all other products just like a full fledged Ecommerce website. But Snapdeal.com still offers the largest variety of daily deals than other players. Booking and claiming a deal is very simple. You will receive an SMS to your phone as soon as you book the deal on the site. You need to just show the SMS to the merchant at the time claiming the deal. There is no need to take any printouts of the vouchers. Snapdeal will collect a small amount to Snapdeal at the time of booking the deal. The balance amount will be collected by the merchant at the time of utilizing the deal coupon.
Link to Snapdeal Android App
Groupon.co.in is one of the leading deal sites in the world which entered the Indian market by acquiring the SoSasta.com in January 2011. It was intially called as Crazeal but later renamed as Groupon India. Groupon offers a very limited but high quality deals to its customers. It claims that it accepts a very limited number of deal offers it receives from the merchants. Groupon’s site has a clutter free interface and easy navigation from one menu to the other. Unlike other deal sites, a particular deal will be ‘on’ only when a stipulated number of customers book it. Groupon collects all the money at the time of booking the deal itself. It will send an electronic coupon which you need to take a printout for claiming the deal. Groupon India currently offers deals in 10 cities.
Link to Groupon Android App
Part of the Times Group which owns ‘The Times of India’ newspaper, Timesdeal.com is the latest entrant into the market. Just like Groupon, the website of Timesdeal also has a flawless interface which makes navigation a breeze. The site sells various kinds of deals in 10 Indian cities. Timesdeal doesn’t collect any amount at the time of booking a deal. It just sends an SMS with the deal code immediately after you book the deal. You need to pay the entire amount to the merchant at the time of claiming the deal. This option makes Timesdeal appealing for people who don’t like making payments on the Internet with their credit cards or bank accounts.
Dealsandyou.com is owned by the Sweedish Internet giant ‘Group Buying Global AG’. It entered the Indian market in 2012 by acquiring wanamo.com. Deals and You focuses on quality an offers just one deal per day in each of the segment. This helps it leverage on the group size and get better deals and discounts from merchants. You need to pay a small amount at the time booking the deal and the balance directly to the merchant.
Mydala.com was founded in the year 2009 and is one of the oldest deal sites in India. It also has the largest coverage across 40 cities and towns in India. Small towns like Guntur, Anand, and Jammu are also covered by the site. Though the number and variety of deal on offer are less than the others, it is good option for people living in smaller towns and cities. Mydala collects the whole amount at the time of booking the deal itself and issues a digital coupon to the customers.
Link to Mydala Android App