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|Wednesday, January 04, 2012|
A new survey revealed that most businesses that partnered with daily deal sites in the past would not do it again in the next six months.
After the poll results were released, Groupon's stock dropped by over 6%.
While the survey data show that three-quarters of the merchants polled plan on offering no more than one daily deal over the next six months, it doesn’t mean that Groupon or the daily deal market as a whole is hurting. The businesses surveyed aren’t necessarily suffering from the retail equivalent of “Groupon remorse,” or the regret some consumers feel when they realize how silly it was to buy a restaurant daily deal voucher when they already have a stack of unused vouchers. In fact, 8 in 10 of the merchants surveyed reported being satisfied with their participation in daily deal promotions.
More and more, though, businesses seem to carefully plotting if, when, and how it makes the most sense to go the Groupon or LivingSocial well as a means to drum up business in the future. Daily deals are costly to participating merchants: It’s been shown that only slightly more than half make money once the discount is factored in and the deal site takes its cut. This is the case even though a sizeable chunk of daily deal vouchers (perhaps 20% or 30%) are never redeemed.
Read more at Time.
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