This report is from a (sort of) competitor and so the opinion can be biased, the numbers nevertheless are interesting. It looks like deals at these deal a day sites, at least for local services, are not that hot.
Thumbtack is a marketplace for local service providers to bid on home improvement projects and such. It is similar to ServiceMagic, which I used in the past.
Lots of research has been done to see whether daily deals are a good deal for small businesses. However, not much research has been done to see whether daily deals are always a good deal for consumers.
Presumably this is because daily deals are always a good deal for consumers – otherwise nobody would buy them, right?
In most cases, that’s right. However, we’ve done some research into the sector of the daily deals industry with which we’re most familiar – the local services industry. And the data show that daily deals for local services – like handymen, house cleaners, or painters – can actually be bad deals for consumers.
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