The Battle for Portland's Pennypinchers


Another day, another coupon site. Today sees the arrival of yet another "deal-a-day" website in Portland: Scoutmob. Its schtick is that you don't have to pay for the deal, just pull it up on your smart phone and go to the business within a certain time to redeem it—more like a virtual 50% off voucher than the "pay $10 get $20" model favored by sites like Groupon.It's actually not a bad spin on the ...   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 RUTH BROWN

INTERACTIVE: Daily Deal Calculator

Find out how much a local business actually makes off each Groupon you buy


This week's cover story, Cheat Local!, explores how local businesses get crushed buy daily deals sites like Groupon. As the article explains:"There is no upfront cost to the business running the promotion. Groupon typically keeps half of the discounted price, and reimburses half—so, $5 of the original $20 price of [an item]—to the merchant."Depending on the discount and the cut taken by the deals ...   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 WW Staff

Cheat Local!

Portland helped make Groupon a giant. Here’s how local businesses get crushed.

Cover Story
Ethan Powell and Tobias Hogan, two typical restaurant workers with more than a decade’s experience between them, wanted more. Two years ago they stepped out and took a gamble that has lured—and   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 COREY PEIN


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