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Daily deal websites

August 8, 2009

Husband came home the other day going on about a new website called Deal Eater. He met the guys that started this site through work and it got me thinking – there seem to be quite a few of these ‘daily deals’ websites popping up about the place.

Whether it’s the so-called recession creating a need for us to shop more frugally, or the fact that it is no longer un-cool to clip coupons, that has created a market for these types of sites I’m not sure. Either way, it’s a good thing and they sure seem to be popular. Below is a summary of these daily deal websites operating for New Zealand consumers.

1-day – one of the originals, we have purchased of this site multiple times. There are three great daily deals, where you can purchase anything from chocolates to electronics, clothing to cosmetics and more. Most deals I’ve seen on 1-day are below half price.

Dealaday – similar to 1-day but with just one deal every day. In the past week they’ve had iPods, Bob the Builder playdough sets, weight loss supplements, NZ Car magazine subscriptions, scooters and digital cameras. Most of these products had 50% off the RRP.

Off The Back – daily loot with one main deal and two side deals everyday. This site is very community based; users can comment on products, mark them ‘hot or not’ and participate in the forums. These guys are on a mission to get to 100,000 comments – they’re currently at 70,878. Not bad for a site that has been around just 18 months.

Deal Eater – this fairly new website gives you daily eating/drinking deals in Christchurch and Wellington – Auckland will be added soon. There is one lunch and one dinner deal per region which are available for a 24 hour period. I’ll definitely be checking here whenever I can’t decide where to go for dinner.

Grabawine – with the name no doubt inspired by Air New Zealand’s Grabaseat, this website offers three wine deals every day, with each wine being sold by the half-case. I haven’t purchased from here yet, namely because I haven’t actually tried any of the wines they’ve had on sale. Perhaps I would be more swayed to make a purchase if there was a detailed description of the wines nose, acidity, notes, bouquet and other winey terms that I don’t understand but seem to sell me when I read them on a bottle…

FirstIn –  I had never head of this one but after a quick Google came across this site claiming to be ‘New Zealand’s original daily deals website’. It was started in 2004 so I guess this would be correct. Today’s deals on FirstIn are all electronics and because I haven’t seen it before I’m unsure if this is all they do.

Happy bargain hunting everyone!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. omer permalink
    August 10, 2009 12:14 pm


    Nice post. You may want to include as well.


  2. August 10, 2009 3:19 pm

    Thanks – hadn’t seen that one before. The mystery deal concept is pretty cool.

  3. Ricky permalink
    December 17, 2009 10:46 am

    Just found for anyone that likes LoneStar!

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