8Coupons aggregates deals near you, but don’t count on immediate availability

Jun 6, 2011
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If your phone is full of deal apps, newbie 8Coupons is aiming to make your life easier, by combining most deal providers (the company claims to have every deal source out there) into its app for iPhone and iPod Touch. The result is a database of more than a half-million available deals, and counting, across […]

If your phone is full of deal apps, newbie 8Coupons is aiming to make your life easier, by combining most deal providers (the company claims to have every deal source out there) into its app for iPhone and iPod Touch. The result is a database of more than a half-million available deals, and counting, across the country.

8Coupons has some features I like, such as its iDeals tab that shows you deals in an augmented-reality format. I also like that you can view deals on a flat map or in list format, as well as filter offers by category — helpful if you’re strictly in a shopping or eating mood. 8Coupons promotes user interaction by allowing users to upload their own found deals in-app. The form is simple: You can take a photo if you like, then select the type of deal, such as coupon code, happy hour or free, its expiration date and a description of the deal. As you browse available deals in your area, you can give them a thumbs up or down, or leave a comment. Voting can be done anonymously, but to add a deal or leave a comment, you’ll need to connect via Facebook. Although the user activity shows promise, it should be noted that these submissions don’t seem to be vetted for accuracy.

What I don’t love about 8Coupons is the fact that many of its included deals aren’t available for immediate use. Yes, you can see offers from Groupon and Living Social, but you’ll have to purchase them via the in-line browser, and you’ll have to wait the normal amount of time for each to be activated. Although this isn’t 8Coupons’ fault, I have to wonder how much use these deals would be to people who are using the app outside of their own homes. I also found that the majority of deals available near me were exclusive to GrubHub.com, which deals primarily in food delivery (although it is branching out into pickup, too). Sure, it’s nice to know these deals exist, but they aren’t that helpful when out and about, and I’m not going to open 8Coupons while sitting on my couch looking to order Thai.

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