Roundup of my Groupon and daily deals coverage

If you have experiences — good or bad — that you’d like to share, email dailydeals@agrawals.org. I also maintain a companion blog focused on sharing Groupon, LivingSocial and other deal experiences.

Start here

Analysis of the S-1/third amendment

Analysis of the S-1/second amendment

For businesses considering using Groupon

For potential investors

For consumers

My daily deals stories on TechCrunch

My comments in other media outlets

My series on local search

Groupon IPO at risk/Groupon in danger of collapse stories from other outlets

Other great resources on daily deals space

Originally published June 12, 2011; regularly updated.

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About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is an analyst focused on the intersection of local, social and mobile. He is a principal analyst at reDesign mobile. Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. He blogs at http://blog.agrawals.org and tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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14 Responses to Roundup of my Groupon and daily deals coverage

  1. Eric Sampson says:

    Hey Rocky, check out this article that mentions another class action case:

    http://www.sfbg.com/2011/06/14/groupons-secret

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  5. Sandy Ackerman says:

    Rocky, thanks for the ongoing “daily deal” coverage. I had been wondering why these companies are exempt from the rules that apply to merchant cash advance because the business model is similar, particularly those that are now offering the cash within days. Cash advances have proved to be disastrous for many small businesses. While they don’t use terms like interest rate, because the paybacks are based on sales volume, if one averages the projected payback dates the interest rates are astronomical, as are Groupons. Daily deals are an unsecured loan and I see risk for both the merchant and the consumer.

    That being said, gift cards sold by merchants are also exempt from the rules that apply to cash advance and the merchant receives the money within a few days. Gift cards are an advance against delivery of a product or service but the merchant isn’t giving away 40% to a third party.

  6. Matt says:

    Hey Rocky,

    Interesting collection. I think this industry is def going to get worse before it stabilizes into a long-term viable model. Either way – thanks for helping to keep the information organized!

    Check us out if interested – http://www/ddfs.org

  7. Matt says:

    Sorry! http://www.ddfs.org. Too much coffee this morning!

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