When Groupon became all the rage, all sorts of Daily Deal sites for niche markets cropped up. Being that we all love a good deal, Jewish Daily Deal sites started to crop up as well. Four of them made their place in Toronto as well as Canada last year: ChaiBUY, Jewpon, Kosher Coupons, and Big Kosher Deals.
However, like all fads, this one died out, especially when the original Groupon. ChaiBUY apparently is the last one standing – er, on it’s knees.
Let’s see how they are doing today:
Jewish Daily Deal Site #1: ChaiBUY
ChaiBUY.com initially launched in Jerusalem, Israel and lasted for 3-4 months. After a marginal test run in Jerusalem (Israelis don’t look for a deal, they look to fleece), ChaiBUY decided to test its business in Canada. ChaiBUY.ca has proven to be a successful business B”H, has grown organically, and now has a stronghold in Montreal as well.
Facebook Page #1: http://www.facebook.com/chaibuy
Facebook Page #2: http://www.facebook.com/chaibuy.ca
Jewish Daily Deal Site #2: Jewpon
Jewpon is a daily deal website based in the United States. It spread its wings to Toronto and had a solid subscriber base. With the platform initially built on Agriya, Jewpon made the gutsy move to switch to WordPress’ GroupBuyingScript and risked alienating its subscriber base.
Today, Jewpon is focusing its deals in New York, leaving Toronto to the birds.
The site no longer exists. What a shame as that’s an end to our competition there.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/jewpon
Jewish Daily Deal Site #3: KosherCoupons.ca
KosherCoupons.ca launched last year in Markham with hopes of gaining a share in the Jewish Groupon world. They launched in early 2011 and much later on even received a Hashgacha from the COR. The site unfortunately folded shortly thereafter. The URL for a while pointed to a site with an ugly “Error establishing a database connection” message, implying that the database they’re pointing to is corrupted in some manner. Now the domain name is available for sale.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/KosherCoupons
Jewish Daily Deal Site #4: bigkosherdeals.ca
bigkosherdeals.ca launched in Toronto right around the same time ChaiBUY.ca launched and lasted for 3 deals. A one-man operation, bigkosherdeals.ca was built on WordPress and the domain was not renewed beyond one year. Right now it’s “parked” by securepayment.net.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Kosher-Deals/177742892281243