As I was browsing through my Google reader this morning, I stumbled upon a blog post about the newly launched SLoupon. Even without clicking on the link, I’m already weary of the concept. I jokingly told my friends that the name reminds me of SLop Soup (aka pig’s soup). To date, I’ve only redeemed two Groupon purchases irl, both were for restaurant items. Anyway, SLoupon is NOTHING like the RL Groupon at all – which requires NO monthly subscription fee for shoppers. The appeal of Groupon is to buy something worth more, for a fraction of the cost.
With SLoupon, it seems like the only company benefiting, is SLoupon itself.
As a merchant:
You have to split profits with SLoupon
You’re selling at a discount
As a shopper:
You have to pay $350L month to join
You’re buying an item in a random color decided by the merchant
As a shopper, I refuse to pay a monthly fee to have the pleasure of giving designers my money!
Being a part of SLoupon, the first and only Group Discount System in Second Life, means being a part of SL history. <— Sorry SLoupon, that already happened years ago.
Read more about the site here and some merchant info here. It doesn’t seem that beneficial to me, cos most discount items are sold at $50L-$100L already, so with the price of $350L monthly, I expect to have items given to me (like My SecondBox) or buy several items from any of the sales/discount deals events without paying a monthly fee!
Do you think SL consumers will embrace this ‘concept’ ? I’m not generally a fan of paid subscriptions in SL, especially if I have to pay to join, and then pay to buy the items too!