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Re: Groupon Taiwan

Postby bababa » 31 Jul 2011, 06:13

Lili wrote:Um... http://www.groupon.com.tw/index.php?cou ... =0&mt=3153

Is that supposed to be a steak?
Cause it looks like something I would feed my gerbil.
Or if one is to assume it is actually for human consumption, I'd expect it to come on a roll with lettuce, tomato, and provolone.

That's what Taiwanese-style steak looks like. Needless to say, I would try to find the restaurants offering non-Taiwanese-style steaks.
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Re: Groupon Taiwan

Postby Lili » 31 Jul 2011, 07:33

bababa wrote:
Lili wrote:Um... http://www.groupon.com.tw/index.php?cou ... =0&mt=3153

Is that supposed to be a steak?
Cause it looks like something I would feed my gerbil.
Or if one is to assume it is actually for human consumption, I'd expect it to come on a roll with lettuce, tomato, and provolone.

That's what Taiwanese-style steak looks like. Needless to say, I would try to find the restaurants offering non-Taiwanese-style steaks.

Someone let me know when Taiwan Groupon offers something more akin the this please:
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Re: Groupon Taiwan

Postby Adam_CLO » 31 Jul 2011, 09:27

LOL at the Groupon "steak". The getaway deals look like they could be good if they are genuine. Regular $10252 (now $4999) sounds suspiciously high.

I've noticed that some of the shops I go to regularly have signs on the wall talking about Groupon. That suggests to me that what I'm paying full price at the counter for might be available via Groupon for cheaper. Reminds me of when I'm in line for Cold Stone Creamery's expensive desserts and notice that I'm the only one in line without a 7-11 buy one - get one free coupon. :s
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Re: Groupon Taiwan

Postby Loretta » 31 Jul 2011, 18:30

My experience with Groupon was fairly short. Basically, as an advertiser, you need to have surplus capacity that costs you nothing to fill. So if you have empty restaurant seats and food costs are less than 25% of your total costs then can make sense to use Groupon to bring people in. Even if it ends up costing you a bit of money to meet all these new customers, it can still be a fairly cheap way to get your name in front of a lot of people.

Ditto for, for example, English classes or spa treatments. The cost to you of servicing the Groupon customer is very low, so you offer the deal to bring people in and hope that you can sell them something else later.

I'm not sure if it's a sustainable way to do business in the western world, but in Taiwan it seems that you're just giving away something for cheap to people who are unlikely to come back and spend real money. Taiwanese consumers love deals and discounts, and there is always another deal on Groupon so basically you get this group of people getting cheap deals for stuff at the expense of advertisers.

Not surprisingly, the result is that there's a fairly limited pool of advertisers offering deals. And basically they're all copying each other, or trying to out-compete each other in a race to bankruptcy. If you don't have deals on Groupon then you're not in the game, so everyone has to offer a deal even though it's killing them. Hence, the deals are not very good.

I have some friends who tried to create an alternative, using the same business model. It's at least bilingual, and some of their deals were a bit less ordinary, although it doesn't look like they're being very successful. http://www.yordoo.com/en/recent_deals
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Re: Groupon Taiwan

Postby lostinasia » 25 Jul 2016, 21:12

Idle curiosity several years later: what happened to Groupon? Is it still moving along, much more under the radar? Or was it a bubble that has now entirely disappeared from the shopping landscape? Is it any different between Taiwan or other countries? I heard tons about it four or five years back, but never hear it mentioned now.
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Re: Groupon Taiwan

Postby OrangeOrganics » 25 Jul 2016, 22:00

lostinasia wrote:Idle curiosity several years later: what happened to Groupon? Is it still moving along, much more under the radar? Or was it a bubble that has now entirely disappeared from the shopping landscape? Is it any different between Taiwan or other countries? I heard tons about it four or five years back, but never hear it mentioned now.


Groupon left Taiwan last year. Local companies like Gomaji are much better at serving this market.
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