3. Groop Swoop
Groop Swoop was launched in October and focuses on discounts in the San Francisco and East Bay areas. New deals pop up every day. Like many other sites, Groop Swoop requires a minimum number of participants to make a deal valid.
Available cities: San Francisco, East Bay area.
Past deals: $10 for $20 worth of Northern Indian cuisine; save 66% on two weeks of exercise boot camp training; $40 for a one-hour facial (save 56%).
Groupon, arguably the leader in social buying, boasts branches representing 49 cities (although a bit more than half are currently active). Groupon was launched in November 2008 and raised $30 million in financing in December 2009. Groupon features a new deal every day; generally, the offer expires at midnight. Also, if you refer someone to the site and he or she subscribes within 72 hours, you'll receive a $10 credit when the person makes the initial Groupon purchase.
Available cities: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Worth, Fresno, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New York, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Sioux Falls, St. Louis, Tampa, Toronto, Vancouver, Virginia Beach, Washington D.C.
Past deals: $45 truffle workshop ($88 value); $45 restorative massage ($100 value); $60 for a helicopter ride ($120 value).
LivingSocial is the company behind the Facebook app "Visual Bookshelf" and its self-titled social networking site. Last year, LivingSocial jumped into social buying, and now dishes up discounts of more than 50 percent for local restaurants, spas, hotels, sporting events and more.
Available cities: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C.
Past deals: 50% off sushi-making classes; 42% off Boston Celtics tickets; 55% off luxury bus tickets between New York and Washington D.C.