I hear horror stories every day from customers and merchants who are fed up with Groupon and LivingSocial
Staten Island, NY (PRWEB) November 30, 2011
David faced a giant named Goliath, and won. CouponPages.Com has two Goliaths to contend with, but somehow they aren't worried.
"Why should I worry? Deal of the day sites are just a fad," says Joe Crescenzi, who founded the printable coupon site in 1996. "I hear horror stories every day from customers and merchants who are fed up with sites like Groupon and LivingSocial."
CouponPages is one of the oldest and largest printable coupon sites online. Unlike sites like Groupon and LivingSocial, that feature "Deals of the Day", all of the merchants on CouponPages are featured year-round and don't vanish when the day is over. In fact, some of the merchants have had their coupons on the sites for up to 10 years.
"A coupon is something that you bring into a merchant for a discount," says Joe Crescenzi, who founded CouponPages.Com in 1996. "Deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial don't distribute coupons, they sell discounted gift certificates and there is a huge difference, because people have to pay up front to get those discounts. All of our coupons are real coupons that people print for free and bring directly into local merchants. Unlike deal sites, we don't charge consumers for the discount and we don't take a cut from the merchant. Those sites actually take 50% of the sale price as a fee from the merchant... that's crazy."
CouponPages.Com is one of the only sites online that focuses exclusively on printable coupons from local merchants. Originally CouponPages only featured coupons in the north east and southern Florida, but they now feature printable coupons from local merchants in 650 cities, in 33 states, plus national offers good at supermarkets and national chains nationwide.
"Our formula for success is very simple. We support local merchants by providing a low cost way for them to distribute coupons to their customers."
"We know customers love coupons. We know customers will come back to a store more often if they have a coupon, and we know that customers are searching for coupons online. By providing a simple low cost way for merchants to distribute coupons, we help them increase business without big expense of mass printing & postage."
In just a few months, the site has grown from only 9 states to 33 states by recruiting a small team of agents who sign up merchants in their home towns.
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