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Deal Sites Launched By MouthShut, IndyaRocks; Suggestions

Maybe we should be kicking ourselves for not registering DealNama.com...it's been registered by Rediff; more deal sites have cropped up over the last few weeks - the latest entrants include user review portal MouthShut and online social network Indyarocks. While MouthShut chooses to call its deals site DealFace, Indyarocks calls it DealYantra. DealFace currently offers deals limited to the city of Mumbai. However, it plans to expand to more regions by December 2011. Current deals include discount offers at Spas, dance classes, car wash and others. The site works more or less on the same principle of group buying, wherein the merchant gives a discount when a minimum number of customers opt for a deal. Unlike a lot of deals sites that let users book deals by paying a token amount, and making the remaining payment at the merchant, this one (at least for the current set of deals) makes them pay the complete amount online, sending deal vouchers via SMS or e-mail. DealYantra offers deals in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi/NCR, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune. There are some deals which can be booked by users from all parts of the country. Again, the site features spa deals, tattoo deals, and restaurant deals. DealYantra takes a part payment from users on the site and the remaining needs to be paid to the merchant. The site, to get more users has promised to offer the first deal free of charge. However, when we tried to get our free deal, we discovered that the…

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