Group-buying — also known as collective buying or group-purchasing — offers products and services at significantly reduced prices on the condition that a minimum number of buyers make the purchase. Most of the time, these kinds of group buying websites offer discounts of more than 50%, which can rarely be seen at brick and mortar stores. This explains the increasing popularity of group-buying sites nowadays.
Here, we have shortlisted some of the best group-buying websites in Malaysia, for those of you who’re on a tight budget.
Note: Number of Facebook likes mentioned for each group-buying site are as of the 10th of March, 2015.
Facebook likes: 12,645,645
According to a report by Forbes in 2010, Groupon is not only one of the leading group-buying deal websites in the world; it is also one of the fastest growing companies ever. Groupon offers coupons for goods ranging from fashion items, travel packages, accessories, healthcare services and products, to corporate gifts and wellness, entertainment and gadgets.
According to Eunice Tan, a Groupon buyer, customers are also able to submit refund requests to Groupon if they’ re not satisfied with a merchant’s service. She mentioned that when she did so previously, she received a reply from Groupon within an hour, and they granted her a full refund.
Facebook likes: 51,454
MilkADeal was founded in 2011, and with over 50,000 likes on their Facebook page, the only weakness they have is not having a phone application. Despite this, MilkADeal is still a good place for you to shop at because they offer a wide variety of products, from slimming, beauty, baby and kids, to home and living. They also have a category called ‘Everything RM5’, which makes your online shopping experience much easier.
Facebook likes: 289,965
Previously DealMates and MyDeal, these two companies have since merged and rebranded themselves as ENSOGO — a combination of the words ‘Entertain, Social and Go’. With any purchase on Ensogo, buyers can also collect BPoints with their BCards (RM 1 = 1 Point).
Facebook likes: 5,921
Powered by Lelong.my, GroupMe is another buying site that offers deals of up to 80% off the market rate. The website is still relatively new, but they’ve already gotten over 1.5 million registered members. They have an extensive range of offerings such as fitness, fashion, children’s products, gadgets, and household products.
Facebook likes: 86,466
According to their official website, JackCow aims to provide a triple-win situation where Customers, Merchants, and JackCow benefit. And they seem to be keeping to their promise, too: they offer discount rates which range from 50% to 90%, providing buyers with deals across categories that include slimming, beauty, car accessories, and more. The only weakness is that they do not have deals from F&B outlets.
Facebook likes: 38,988
One thing that makes Hulala stand out from other buying sites is that they offer deals for designer products such as MCM, Ralph Lauren, Coach, and Michael Kors. Plus, with Hulala, you can also book hotels at cheaper rates.
Facebook likes: 319,501
If you are looking for branded fashion items, Grouptime is the best place to shop. They sell products from well-known international merchants such as MANGO, Kipling, and G2000, at prices below market rates.
Facebook likes: 38,110
StreetDeal is one of the subsidiaries of Asia Deal Group Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based company. The website offers many great deals ranging across categories such as F&B, fashion, home, office, garden, electronics and IT, travel packages and more. StreetDeal also comes with their own mobile app, available on iPhone and Android.