Consumers can forget about clipping coupons or waiting for the daily email from Groupon and other deal sites to score goods and services at a discount. A new deal site just launched that allows businesses to post their own daily deals for free and lets consumers search by city and category for the deals they want. It's called Hapnun.
Hapnun will feature daily deals from nearly 500 cities in more than 30 categories that include restaurants, concerts, events, automotive services, salons, hotels and more. Deal-hunters simply search for deals by city and category, and then tell the merchant they “saw the Hapnun deal."
Businesses can post one listing a day in each category. Listings will last until midnight.
The service, which is free for businesses and consumers, will be supported by advertising on city front pages and in each category page. Four ad spaces will be available for each city front page and category; city front pages will cost $40 weekly and city category ads will go for $21 per week.
"I've never met someone who doesn't like a good deal ," said J. Oehlke, Hapnun's founder. "When I was a business owner struggling to weather a tough economic climate, I realized that I didn't care so much how customers got to my door but just that we needed them in the door. I'll always have a soft spot for the small business owner who is wondering when their next customer will walk through the doors."
Hapnun recommends that business post deals offering between 40 percent and 90 percent off to get the best results. Because the service is free, businesses can afford to offer steeper discounts, Oehlke said.
What you won't find, she said, are "any animals that went on the ark with Noah," RVs, cars, boats and homes for sale or rent.
"We actually love Craigslist and highly recommend you go to their site to sell those types of items," Oehlke said.
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