CouponTrade.com Site Crashes with Launch of Shell Gas Flash Sale

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Online deal site hits capacity with a ‘flash sale’ launch of 50% off Shell gas.

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Our growth has been nothing short of amazing. We are at 200% growth month over month and are keeping strong. Being featured on Yahoo! as the ‘best deal of the day’ was a major highlight to the campaign.

Consumers expect to find great deals at popular stores around the holidays but an exclusive 50% off Shell gas gift card was a surprisingly high commodity, website CouponTrade.com quickly learned. The online savings marketplace was planning to launch a flash sale of Shell Gas Gift Cards for 50% off Saturday at 12AM midnight, but news of the deal caught fire and the deal was sold out while also taking the website down.

CouponTrade.com at one point in the evening received over 400,000 server requests in a matter of seconds and the site, to no surprise, couldn’t handle the traffic. The site was functioning again within 90 minutes due to the late-night efforts of CouponTrade’s engineering team and support from the engineers at Heroku.

CEO and founder, George Bousis, stated, “We were able to get our servers up as quick as possible without any additional problems and the remainder of the night ran smoothly.” Bousis decided to push another flash sale in place of the sold out Shell offer for any disgruntled users with a 50% off CVS gift card and a 20% off iTunes gift card.

Due to CouponTrade’s and Royal Dutch Shell's close partnership, the amount of gift cards available for the deal was undisclosed but was stated to be in the thousands and was wildly successful for both parties.

Bousis is thrilled and states, “Our growth has been nothing short of amazing. We are at 200% growth month over month and are keeping strong. Being featured on Yahoo! as the ‘best deal of the day’ was a major highlight to the campaign.”

For those shoppers who did miss out on the Shell deal, stay tuned as CouponTrade is partnering with other national brands to promote additional flash sales on gift cards. The site offers thousands of free online coupons and discounted gift cards on a daily basis. This week launches CouponTrade’s “Free Shipping Week” campaign. Expect to find thousands of free shipping offers for popular shopping brands across the web, just in time for Christmas.

For more information about CouponTrade, or to start searching for all the free money you can cash in on right now, visit http://www.coupontrade.com.

About CouponTrade Inc.
CouponTrade was born of economic necessity to put a new era of consumers at the center of the shopping experience, helping people become curators, deal-makers and facilitators to get the things they want at a price they can afford. Headquartered in Chicago, our one-of-a-kind online marketplace allows consumers to easily find working coupon codes, buy daily deal coupons and gift cards, and turn their unused discounts into cash. It is our mission to make sure free money is never wasted. For more information, visit http://www.coupontrade.com.

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