10 Social Buying Sites That Add Up to Savings
SocialBuy launched in beta just last week, and is offering deals in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Its daily deals feature products from such brands as PinkBerry, Sprinkles Cupcakes and other local retailers.
Available cities: Los Angeles and San Francisco. SocialBuy has plans to branch out to San Diego, San Jose, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Seattle and Portland.
Past deals: $25 for $50 worth of flower arrangements; $39 for a one-hour gondola cruise ($80 value); $25 for $50 worth of services at Lash Lab.
TownHog appears to be in its infancy as it boasts several cities, however seems as if San Francisco is the only city with live deals. (The site does say that it's in the process of adding additional cities, but it depends on interest in TownHog. The more people who sign up for it in a given city, the higher the likelihood the site will go live there.) Like the other sites, TownHog features discounts on fitness classes, spa services and more, and requires a minimum number of buyers.
Available cities: San Francisco, although more are promised.
Past deals: $45 for $100 worth of flower arrangements; half-off a spa pedicure; $30 for one month of unlimited yoga classes ($88 value); $20 for $40 worth of gourmet cream puffs.
Staff Writer Kristin Burnham covers consumer Web and social technologies for CIO.com. She writes frequently on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google (GOOG). You can follow her on Twitter: @kmburnham.