WagJag, Groupon, WebPiggy, Dealfind, LivingSocial, and the list goes on. Seemingly overnight and out of nowhere, collective deal sites such as the ones listed above seem to have sprung up, one right after another.
(They sorta remind me of that old wives’ tale about plucking out your white hairs: When you pluck 1 out, 2-3 white hairs will grow in its place! If any one of these deal sites shutdown, no one would bat an eye as there are plenty replacements.)
I don’t know about you, but my spam box is bogged down with the “deal of the day” from these various sites; yet I’ve barely dipped my toe in WagJag/Dealfind, so where are all these other messages coming from?
My foray into WagJag was unfortunately an unsuccessful one. After the uneventful registration process, I purchased my voucher for Hero Burger…or at least I thought I did. And when the deal ended, nothing happened, no confirmation email, nada. So I emailed WagJag to find out what went wrong. I wasn’t as concerned about getting 2 burgers for $9 as I was with my VISA details floatin’ ’round cyberspace somewhere and possibly falling into the wrong hands!
I can’t remember what the specific outcome was, but after their initial response, I never heard from WagJag again. Needless to say, I am still keeping a close eye on my credit card statements.
As with Dealfind, a friend emailed me to tell me about a dental voucher: $39 for a Complete Dental Check Up, 4 Dental X-Rays, 2 Unit Cleaning and Fluoride Treatment at Canadian Place Dentistry ($364 Value). This sounded like an amazing deal, especially since I don’t have dental insurance, so I snatched it up! I have yet to make my appointment, so I can’t say whether or not my experience with Dealfind was better than that of WagJag.
What do you think of these sites? Do you use them, and if so, which specific one(s) and why? Did you actually get any good deals? Or do you think it just makes you spend extra money that you’d otherwise save?
Don’t forget that Smart Canucks has it’s own list of Daily Deals available! If we are missing a Daily Deals site let us know!