Dealies basically makes your discount seeking, bargain hunting, group buying, heck, even your overall shopping life easier. In less than a year the number of group buying sites offering big discounts on several products and services all over Metro Manila and some other key Philippine cities exploded, as of 02 May 2011 there are at least 39 group buying sites servicing the bargain hungry populace. Which is good since it gives the consumer more and hopefully better choices. Thing is, with 39 different group buying sites, each having their own sets of travel packages, restaurant discounts, etc., an average consumer will most likely be unable to exploit all available deal options, I mean, would you not rather spend the time you spend looking for discount coupons on different group buying sites on Facebook?
Some of you may be familiar with Groupon Beeconomic, MetroDeal (thanks to their Facebook fan pagestrategy which I think is pure genius), Ensogo, the newly launched but nonetheless epic Yugadeals, and BUYanihan, but have you heard of cheApipAy and DealsTent? Exactly (or not if you’ve heard of themalready but you get my point). Dealies intends to aggregate all the deals from every active group buying site, shopping club, etc., into one feed, so you don’t get bombarded with different deals from different sites. Dealies also wants to minimize the amount of email notification group buying subscribers get by giving them an option to select which deal category, group buying site, location, price range, etc., they would want to receive updates from. We hope to achieve these and more once we pass our beta stage.
Are you a group buying website?
Yes, but better. We are like the group buying website for all seasons.
What Dealies is offering is a one-stop site offering a clear and aggregated view of the deals, be it a massive discount on a spa treatment, a travel deal that will make you claim an entire year’s worth of sick leave, to an eat-all-the-chicken-joy-you-can offering at Jollibee (not that Jollibee will be offering that anytime soon). Dealies tracks virtually every available deal within the Philippine area of responsibility (yes, we plan to track those bargains and discounts better than PAGASA tracks those storms) and bring them to consumers in one neatly organized, easily navigable, and charming site. We help bargain hunters uncover countless specials you may otherwise not see (unless of course you have the superhuman strength of browsing through all 39 group buying websites in less than 3 hours). We do not provide the deals themselves, we just make it easier to find them.
Dealies also blogs about what’s popular each week in the different countries that we work in – a key factor in helping people navigate their way though all the different deals and find what they would be interested in. (We are also very user focused, throw us a punch and we’ll hug you back)
Is Dealies all about group buying aggregation?
We consider the group buying scene to be stable even after it is no longer ‘hot.’ However, we are also involved with private shopping clubs and will soon enter shoe sale aggregation, thus not limiting ourselves to just one particular market venture. We intend to provide our users with the services they desire now and the ones they will desire in the future above all, whether or not they remain identical. However that said, group buying daily deals remain our central focus and are, of course, the foundation of our website and we believe that they will remain a germane aspect of online shopping. So we see the green facade, but what is the tech behind Dealies? Dealies has a large international presence and we are packing some serious tech into this solution to scan all the deals sites in every country where we are present.
Our developers scrape daily deals from group buy websites onto our WordPress (yes, we use WordPress, go make fun of us now) which we use to edit and design the site. We also use PHP. and we’re running our website on the Cloud (Amazon EC2) and thus can manage even high traffic peaks easily. Cloud means that we do not have a single web server, we manage our website through Amazon and when traffic levels are high, we simply get more computing power from Amazon with a few clicks.
Who does the deals search on the internet, do you have human input or is this purely done withbots?
We scour the web to find group buying sites, that was for sure human input, but once we have a site’sdeal XMLs synced with our site they run automatically. But humans always have to watch out for newgroup buying websites to add to our site, they pop up every other day!
Dealies.ph is one of the more “labor intensive” sites we have as we try to customize to each market. The amount of special deals, bargains, mall sales and events in the Philippines calls for super human efforts,bots just can’t handle that, at least for now.
Who are the people behind Dealies?
Dealies is under Lempa 7, a Berlin, Germany based start-up involved in several e-commerce sites around the world. One of the founders of Lempa 7 created Studi VZ, the German Facebook which was ENORMOUSLY popular in Germany, until the last year more so than Facebook. However, Facebook sued them and they eventually sold it to them. Another founder created multiple link sharing databases which are not worth naming, but which were also extremely profitable. We like to think that we have major cred and hopes that the success of our other endeavors would spillover Dealies.ph.