Monthly Archives: July 2013

American Express Selects Presents: Huge savings on Tuesdays!

40% Savings on Tuesday

40% savings for American Express cardholders

HONG KONG – American Express Selects has partnered with the Press Room Group to present great dining offers exclusively for American Express cardholders.   From May 27 to August 31, 2013, cardholders can enjoy 40% discount on dinner every Tuesday at any of the 13 restaurants of the Press Room Group.  In addition, cardholders will receive 20% savings on dinner any other day of the week.

Press Room Group has the following restaurants which the offers apply to:

The Press Room The Press Room

108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan 2525 3444
The Pawn The Pawn

62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai 2866 3444
SML SML

11/F Times Square, Causeway Bay 2577 3444
The News Room The News Room

33 Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay 2562 3444
The Principal The Principal

9 Star Street, Wan Chai 2563 3444
Classified Classified

108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan 2525 3454
31 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai 2528 3454
Shop 313, 3/F, Exchange Square Podium,
8 Connaught Place, Central
2147 3454
Shop No.1, 1/F, New World Tower,
16-18 Queen’s Road Central, Central
2567 3454
5 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung 2529 3454
1-9 Lin Fa Kung Street West, Tai Hang 2857 3454
No.13 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley 2891 3454
Shop No.G08A, Stanley Plaza, Stanley 2563 3454

For more information, see the details at: https://www.amexselectshk.com/prgdining/en/index.html.

Looking for more savings on restaurant offers throughout Hong Kong?  Have a look at all of the food & drink deals available at Deals Hong Kong!

Group Buy Quarterly Round-up: Daily Deal Boomers Keep on Coming Pt 1 of 3

While it seems the daily deal sites in North America, Europe, and even as close as Singapore are under-going a consolidation period, it appears that more and more homegrown group buying sites are popping up in Hong Kong.  Is this kind of growth sustainable?  The quick answer to that would be “no”, but we know that the HK marketplace is quite a unique and resilient one.  I mean where else in the world (save for Tokyo) would you find so many people squished into such a tight little place; while playing host to a critical mass who idealize Western culture but are always a step behind?

Perhaps Hong Kong might be late to the daily deal industry, but let’s take a look at each of the important players to try to determine if the region’s group buying upswing will continue.

Aladindin (Languages: Chinese Only)  – Aladindin is a medium sized group buying site and is run by Topgo Technology Limited.  The majority of their deals are focused on products such as clothing, swimsuit, and leggings deals.  On average, one out of four deals that they offer is a discount on local fashion and it is rare to see any of their deals sell for over $100 HKD.

beecrazy

BEECRAZY (Languages: English & Chinese) – In North America, even the big dogs in the industry such as Living Social take a back seat to global deals giant Groupon.  However in Hong Kong, BEECRAZY is truly neck-to-neck with the Groupon machine.  Started back in mid 2010, we’ve watched them grow from a small website offering 20 daily deals a day, to a behemoth offering over 1,000 live deals.  They’ve been successful because they are able to tap into all the local markets, especially by using corporate merchants.  Their big marketing boosts have come from their ability to source everything applicable to the general HK public, from Broadway movie cinema deals to Hot Pot discounts at the most sought after restaurants.  BEECRAZY expects to bring its business to China and Macau for the next stage of their expansion.

buylabuyla

BuylaBuyla  (Languages: Chinese Only) – Opened in July 2012, BuylaBuyla is a small group buying website that offers a peculiar set of items to daily deal shoppers.  They usually have less than 10 live deals on hand, and what they offer can range from deals for Baby napkins to SD cards for your digital camera.

buynanaa

BUYnanaa (Languages: Chinese Only) – Buynanaa is a new daily deals site that has decided to jump into the foray.  Their differentiator is that they are offering many products with influences from nearby Asia such as Japan and Korea.  Much akin to BuylaBuyla and Aladindin, the price of the items that they sell are low, and rarely eclipse the $100 HKD mark.

cantongogo

Cantongogo (Languages: Chinese Only) – These guys are a super small group buying site and it is uncertain what their strategy is as they’re currently only offering 2 live deals.  However these 2 items are quite popular with the HK crowd in that one is for a moderately priced Coach handbag deal, and the other is for cheap ferry tickets to the nearby tourist destination of Zhuhai.  If they are able to source more deals like the ones that they have, they would actually have some staying power in the industry.  With Cantogogo, quality is not the problem, but quantity is what they need to work on.

couppie

Couppie (Languages: Chinese Only) – Couppie is one of the group buying sites in the upper echelon of HK when it comes to size.  On average Couppie boasts an average of 200+ daily deals and covers an ideal range of all categories from food & beverage deals all the way to travel destination discounts.  While the lack of an English platform hurts them, the main reason that holds back Couppie is the fact that their marketing efforts are questionable.  In my opinion it is hard to find Couppie being offered as a viable option for daily deals in areas where the Hong Kong group buying public are bound to look; and that is a real shame because with the right push, Couppie could be right up there with the best group buying websites in Hong Kong.

Join us next week as we profile more daily deal sites in Hong Kong – FunMart, FunShare, GoBuya, Groupbuyer, HoHoSale, and MamaIShop.

What are your experiences with the daily deal sites mentioned above?  Have you bought something from them and were happy?  unsatisfied?  Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments discussion!

The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Deals Hong Kong or any of its associated entities.

DealStove – A Daily Deal Aggregation App for your Android

If there’s anywhere in the crowded daily deals market where one would argue there is room for growth, it would certainly be in the mobile space.  It was not long ago when we were all still busy playing Centipede on our clam-shell flip phones and walkie-talkie Blackberries.  Nowadays we cannot go a few minutes without checking Android notifications and Whatsapp messages on our smartphones.  So, what is the best way to clearly present daily deals and discounts to Android users on the go?  One app that does it right is DealStove’s daily deal aggregator.

New Deals Everyday

The first thing that DealStove does well is publishing timely and accurate info about the deals that come out every day.  On top of presenting the deals that are new every morning, the DealStove app further helps us find what we’re looking for by categorizing the offers into expandable drop-downs.  The New Deals section of the app makes for a great companion with that morning coffee, breakfast, or commute.  The app gives everyone a great a way to start the day, by being one of the first people to buy that great deal.  It’s also extremely useful for those popular deals that have a limited number of vouchers available.

DealStove New Deals Screen

DealStove New Deals Screen

The Public Has Voted – Top Deals

Probably the next most embarrassing thing to overpaying for something is to miss out on underpaying for it.  Well the DealStove app has you covered here as well.  With their Top Deals screen, we can easily see what the hottest deals are at the very moment, based on the number of people that have bought them.  You can be sure a discount at a popular merchant such as Tim Hortons or Starbucks will be at the top of this list.  By checking this list regularly, the avid shopper will be sure to own the moniker of being the best deal seeker among family & friends.

DealStove Top Deals Screen

DealStove Top Deals Screen

Clean & Easy Interface

No matter what screen you’re looking at, all the important information we need to make a smart buying decision is presented clearly on the interface.  The app also makes it easy for us to share a deal because if a deal is that good, we really ought to let others know about it.  The filtering by category, deal provider and free-text search functions are just the icing on the cake for an app that arms your mobile with the ability to go deal hunting wherever you are.

If you have an Android device handy, give this free app a try and see how it can help you save tons of dollars by getting into the daily deal frenzy.  The DealStove app is actually a descendant of the Deals Singapore app, and previously the Deals Hong Kong app, so be sure to give those a try if you are in those regions.

What do you think about the Deals Aggregation app?  Is there something that you think can be improved?  Feel free to post about it in the comments.