I wrote the entry below on July 16, 2011. Four years later most of the daily deal sites have disappeared; sometimes their domains have been bought by others. The deals are no longer daily either, they now remain for days, weeks or months at a time. Still, a couple of other sites have been added to the survivors, and there are some good deals to be had. Here are the ones I use:
Similar variety of offerings than Groupon, but fewer offers.
The site that started it all
It often has flash listings for nice restaurants.
Still Around but Barely
Living Social: It’s still going but seems to specialize in getaway and shares many of its local listings with Groupon.
Gilt City: barely any listings for San Francisco
Plumdistrict: few for San Francisco, even fewer for the East Bay
I have to admit that I was a very late adopter of Groupon and other Daily Deal sites. I had checked out Groupon early, but as most of their deals were in San Francisco I had paid it no mind. But a little while ago I came across these sort of sites again and realized that many now have offering for the East Bay and even San Leandro. It’s also amazing just how many daily deal sites there are out there that cover the Bay Area, though East Bay deals are less common, there are still quite a few of them. Here are the sites I’ve found. If you know of others, let me know. And if you know of a service that aggregates all the deals into one daily e-mail, please let me know as well. You can see many (but not all) daily deals at Savvy Cities.
Got Daily Deals SFGate Daily Deals Google Offers Mamasource – children & mom oriented stuff Bloomspot – travel, food & relaxation Juice in the City
Goldstar – Event tickets