Groupon promises cheap Web deals every day

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 December, 2010, 12:00am

Fancy a fast ferry trip to Macau, perhaps a bungee or sky jump from a tall building followed by a spot of lunch or dinner at Macau Tower for the bargain price of HK$369?

Well, now you can, thanks to an offer from online buying firm Groupon Hong Kong, which promises more deals in future, thanks to the power of the internet.

Typically, the Macau entertainment package is valued at HK$1,014, with the round-trip ferry ticket alone worth HK$344.

Groupon said the 64 per cent discount is possible because it harnesses the internet to muster the buyers needed to secure the wholesale price of products or services.

The package is the inaugural offer from Groupon, which plans to post daily specials on its website.

The website was formerly known as and was acquired by Groupon on December 1.

The company is teaming up with MSN Hong Kong and Sina Hong Kong to boost its consumer base, Groupon announced yesterday.

Members of MSN and Sina in Hong Kong can now access Groupon's daily deals on the two social media platforms.

Coming offers include a HK$269 Da Dolce cake for only HK$99 from December 17 to 19, and HK$98 for a massage or facial treatment at Angel Cosmetics valued at HK$620.

Launched in June, the website has gathered 280,000 subscribers, and has sold more than 173,000 group buying vouchers to about 70,000 consumers, saving them HK$28 million.

Groupon has opened a Sina weibo account under its old name uBuyiBuy ( ibuy), hoping that the Twitter-like service will give the brand more exposure among internet users.

Meg Lee, the general manager of Sina Hong Kong, said: 'Sina weibo has 50 million registered accounts, and 600,000 are in Hong Kong.'