Spreebird is an application that finds daily deals in several cities and collects them on their website for viewing by users. These deals are generally in the form of discounts and users must purchase the discount online. These should not be mistaken for coupons, which are free and offer discounts. These must be paid for and the recipient receives an email confirmation of payment.
Spreebird is a daily deal service from Local.com. It utilizes The Deal Map to direct consumers to deals. It is very new and no traffic or historical data are available.
The application collects deals from a user’s location and aggregates them in one place. The goal of the app is to offer deals that are tailored to each user’s interests. It will be available for iPhone and Android soon. This sounds very similar to Groupon.
The home page indicates only Denver, Colorado; Orange County, California; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as locations, but once signed in, deals for the reviewer’s area were listed. In fact, a look at the site map revealed hundreds of cities.
For the first city viewed, four deals were listed. Each deal was a discounted service or restaurant discount. The “See Deal” button leads to the original deal listing, in this case, Double Take Deals (for all four deals).
These are NOT coupons. These are “deals” that a user purchases. For example, a user can purchase $30 of Italian Cuisine for $15 if they purchase and pay $15 for the deal. Each deal contains “fine print” that determines the expiration of the deal and any restrictions.
Another city yielded two deals, one from Double Take Deals and one from WowWhatSavings. One of the deals was to purchase $295 worth of steak for $125. The deal outlined the package and exactly what was included. There was no “fine print” with expiration dates or other restrictions on use.
Each deal may be shared via Facebook, Twitter, or email with one click.
It was noted during review that images only loaded 50%, so the full image could not be seen for each deal. Also, larger cities yielded more results. For example, Buffalo offered two deals, but Oakland had 28 deals listed.
Deals ranged from discounts in restaurants, sexuality classes, energy saving lighting, automotive services, massages, catering, facials, jewelry, hypnotherapy sessions, designer clothing, and more. Basically, any business can offer a discount. Savvy shoppers should be very aware of expiration dates for the offers, any fine print for use, and the reputability of the business.
It would also benefit the user to research the “regular” price of the service or product being offered to ensure that they are truly getting a deal. One deal offered a three hour introductory class at half price ($100). The business’s website, however, did not indicate any three hour classes at all. In fact, they offer nothing over two hours. Upon further investigation, SpecialDeals lists this deal as expired. Users should do their homework before committing to any of these deals.
Sign up requires either Facebook or Twitter access or manual registration. To register manually, users provide an email address, password, first and last name, zip code, and gender. Users are immediately taken to deals in their region.
Spreebird is free to use.
Based on this review, only users willing to research deals prior to purchase will benefit from Spreebird. Cities are still somewhat limited – though listed in the site map, no deals were found in some areas. To ensure the deals are legitimate, research is definitely recommended.