Every day we’re pulling in around 500 new deals from various sites across the web. We only list offers from reputable operators, however sometimes what looks like a great deal is proven otherwise when you start to dig into the detail. Checking the validity of each and every offer just isn’t possible for our small team, so instead we’re inviting the community to become judge and jury.
From today, every member can post their questions and comments for every deal featured on Buyometric. Have you researched an offer? Then let the community know. Is it a good or terrible deal? Let the community know. Have you found a better price? Let the community know. You get the picture.
To access the discussion pages, click the “Discuss this deal” link on your Buyometric email. If you’re browsing the website, the discussion area will be very clear on each page.
To aid your detective work, we’ve also introduced some useful tools. For hotel and restaurant deals we’re now pulling in reviews from Yelp and Google Places. For products, you can easily share links to the same item on other websites so that other members of the community can easily see whether the price is the best available.
So how do we know who all the superheros are? Check out our new community pages for a weekly league table of the most active members of the community (you must be logged in to view this page). For each valid comment you’ll receive reputation points. The greater your reputation, the more we’ll let you engage with the website.
We’ve just launched a few new features that should make finding the right deal a little bit easier.
Order deals by price
The default order that offers are displayed in is relevance. This is an order personalised to you based on your past usage of the website (among other things – see Our learning curve to personalising your deals). Now you can reorder the deals by price. Click the price sort icon once and the most expensive are at the top. Click it again and the least expensive are at the top.
Find the nearest offers to you
Click the distance icon to see the deals closest to you. Initially we’ll use the postcode you gave us when you joined Buyometric to determine your current location. You can change this postcode using the form that appears a the top of the deals.
When sorting by distance we only display offers that have a physical location. Both price and distance sorting do not affect the type of deals we are showing you – the selection is still based on the category tags you have chosen.
View the location of a deal
For those deals that have a location you can now view where they are on a quick view map. Simply click the map icon on the offer listing.
These are all beta features, and may change as we watch how people are using them. Tell us what you think about them in the comments.
This is a word of warning about using group buying sites. That may seem like a weird thing for us to write about – after all Buyometric is a site which aggregates group buying sites, and we really want you to use them! But, just like in many areas of life, sometimes a badly behaved minority can give the majority a bad name. It’s worth exercising some caution in using group buying and daily deal sites, and that’s why filtering the sites with Buyometric can give you more confidence that you’re (most likely) buying from a reputable site.
The group buying sites and daily deal sites which we bring together on our site are generally trustworthy. We can’t make any guarantees (we wish we could), however if we get any complaints from our users, we will always follow them up, and if necessary, we’ll take the offending site off our website and out of our daily emails.
But we know some group buying sites can get a bad press, especially if you search through some of the online forums. Here are some examples of issues that have been reported with some group buying sites.
Firstly, a company can go out of business before you’ve had the opportunity to use their voucher. Obviously it’s possible for this to happen, but it’s a bit of a myth that companies participate in a voucher scheme only when they’re down on their luck. Many successful businesses also participate in very low priced daily deals, and they do this to introduce new customers to their business. However we’d advise you to be just as careful buying a voucher for a company’s services through a group buying site, as if you were buying the voucher directly from the company itself. It’s not always possible for the voucher provider to compensate you if the business does go bust.
Secondly, people have reported that it can sometimes be difficult to book in appointments (eg a reservation for a restaurant, or an appointment for beauty treatment) at convenient times because the business that has issued vouchers suddenly has huge demand which it can’t cope with.
It is worth bearing in mind that if you have very limited times available when you could use the voucher, the business may not have appointments at the times that suit you. However the main daily deal sites are very careful when setting up deals that they do not create demand that the business can’t cope with. If you do have a problem making a reservation, most sites (eg Groupon) will give you a chance to get a refund within 7 days of buying the voucher. Check the terms and conditions of the group buying site carefully if you have any concerns about this.
In reality, the number of issues we hear about through Buyometric is absolutely tiny (and we help to sell a lot of deals!). When there is an issue, it is usually a misunderstanding that can be easily resolved.
And it’s worth remembering, these sites (including the US versions) sell many thousands of deals every day. So although problems do occur, they are few and far between.
We’d advise you always to use these sites with your eyes open wide, to be an active consumer, complaining confidently if anything goes wrong, and knowing what your consumer rights are.
Using Buyometric gives you a measure of confidence as we monitor the behaviour of the sites we use – but as we don’t take your money, we are unable to offer any refunds directly. Please do let us know if anything goes wrong and we’ll always do our best to help you.
You can now change your Buyometric password to something more memorable. Apologies that it’s taken a little while to release this feature, but there is a story behind the delay.
We’ve always tried to minimise the number of times you’ll ever need a password to use our website because passwords are just plain annoying. Initially we thought that automatically logging members in when they clicked a link in our emails would solve the problem. Then we realised that some people don’t use our emails and instead come to the website directly every day. We tried to remember these people using cookies, so that we could restore their settings without a need for a password, but it wasn’t working very well.
The big problem is that most people expect to need a password. We’ve been conditioned to go to a website and log-in, and the absence of that process was confusing. So the number of emails requesting a memorable password has been growing every day.
As of today you can now set your own password via the Preference page. It can be anything between 5 and 20 characters long and can be used alongside your email address to enter the website.
Another cool way to enter the website is social media sign-on. If you have a Facebook, Google, Yahoo or Window’s Live (including Hotmail) account you can log in with that. It’s a very quick, painless process – just click on the relevant icon to start. You can even log in to an existing account with these new sign-on options, provided that the email address on your Buyometric account matches the one held by the social media provider.
We know that some of you don’t check your email every day. It might be that you work in the great outdoors and so you’ll only log in to check your mail at the weekend. Or perhaps you’re chained to a desk all week (like me) and the thought of checking your email at the weekend fills you with dread.
The last thing we want to do is send you emails when you can’t pick them up – particularly when most of the offers we send you only last 24 hours. That’s why we’ve introduced weekday and weekend only delivery options.
Weekday delivery means you’ll only get an email from us Monday to Friday. Weekend delivery means that we’ll send you an offers email on Saturday and Sunday. I never said this was rocket science.
To change your delivery options click the Preferences tab.