Monday, September 27, 2010

Kaloopa — It's Like Groupon, but Better. And Local-er.

Posted By on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 6:02 AM

It didn't take me or my friends very long to get addicted to For the uninitiated, Groupon is a web service that offers discounted deals on places to go, things to buy and meals to eat. In order for a deal to go live, a minimum number of participants must be buy, but I've never seen an offer that didn't " tip," so you can pretty much bet on the fact that if you bid you'll get the deal. I personally have already enjoyed two-for-one meals at Flyte, Miro District (RIP), ChaChah, Cabana, Gabby's, Miel, Zumi Sushi and several more local favorites. I'm also sitting on a stack of discounted Tayst certificates waiting for a night when I just don't feel like cooking, and would rather walk a block and let Jeremy handle dinner.

Now two local entrepreneurs, Brett Raymond and Kim Waner-Newman, are getting in on the act with their own local discount site, Though the structure of the site is similar to Groupon, Kaloopa is focused strictly on local establishments in the corridor between Nashville and Bowling Green. Another interesting twist to the model is that Kaloopa employs a deal meter instead of a tipping point concept. On Kaloopa, the more people that sign up for a deal, the better the deal becomes for each participant. So a $10 gift certificate to a restaurant that starts out at $5 might drop down to $4 after several hundred people join in the fun. This is to encourage users to tell their friends about the great deals.

Kaloopa also donates a portion of each deal to local charities through their Giving More donation program. The current beneficiary of this program is the Soles for Souls foundation. Kaloopa is just getting up and running, but they've already offered deals for spa treatments and photography packages, as well as discounts at Mere Bulles and McDougal's Chicken.

Today's Kaloopa deal is $20 worth of food for $10 (or less) at Anchor High Grill in Hendersonville. It's tough to beat half-price dining on the water. It doesn't cost anything to sign up for Kaloopa, so head over to their website and register. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter to find out what the daily deal is.

Just don't be like me and wait until the expiration date to redeem your deal, every single time. Now where'd I put that Otter's Groupon?

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