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The concept of collective buying or group buying from a supplier is not an entirely new concept, although it has been largely popularized and simplified with the advent of the internet, social media and the emergence of websites such as Groupon. The origins of collective buying can be traced back to China where small businesses would club together before approaching a supplier or retailer to make a group purchase on a specific product at a largely reduced price due to the bulk quantity of the purchase. This practice was known by the Chinese as tuango (pronounced twangoo).

 

Although Groupon is probably the most well known “daily deal” website, it was not the first nor is it the only one. The are plenty of other websites offering similar deals and the collective buying industry has become extremely competitive. Websites that have emerged recently that compete with Groupon are Swagbucks, Yipit, Living Social, Homerun, Tippr, Buytopia and TeamBuy. The first internet based collective buying platform was actually launched in the year 2000 by Paul Allen with the financial backing of Microsoft. The website was known as Mercata and was dedicated to offering high end electronic appliances. Customers or subscribers would click to sign up to buy a specific product. The more people that clicked to buy, the lower the price of the product would be. Unfortunately the venture failed and was shut down in 2001. Allen stated in an interview that he felt the economy was to blame for the failure, whilst others speculated that Mercata was unable to compete with the hugely popular Amazon.com, and the the public were not yet ready for the collective buying model. Unlike Groupon which states upfront what the discounted price will be, Mercata subscribers were not initially given a final discounted price, but rather notified as the price dropped with more signups for the deal. The fact that social media had not yet come into existence is also another factor which could have prevented Mercata from reaching its potential.

The business model for websites like Groupon is extremely aggressive and does not always favor the retailer. For example, if the offer is 50% off the retail price of a handbag, Groupon would take 50% of the remaining value and the retailer the remaining 50%. In fact what this means is that the retailer is only receiving 25% of the sales value of the handbag or product. It is not uncommon for suppliers to make huge losses when running campaigns with daily deal or collective buying websites. It is imperative that small businesses take their offerings into careful consideration before entering into an agreement with one of these daily deal websites. It’s possible to end up losing a lot of valuable time and money, which then needs to be weighed up against the the marketing value and exposure received through the campaign.

At Twangoo we will continue to review deals and offers on great services in all the major cities in South Africa, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria and Bloemfontein. Stay tuned to Twangoo and don’t miss out on an opportunity to save money or benefit from a great service or business.

May it’s time to cash in the chips and settle for a coupon ?

Gambling has recently been officially classified as a form of addiction in the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Ixande House, a rehab in Cape Town, focuses on gambling addiction as well as catering for various other forms of addiction including sex addiction, drug addiction, alcohol addiction and codependency. Ixande is a world class treatment centre that caters for clients and patients from all over the world including the United Kingdom (UK) and Holland. South Africa and Cape Town in particular has become a popular choice for international clients seeking treatment for addiction. There are many reasons for this :

  • South Africa is home to some of the leading experts in the addictions field
  • South Africa provides a relatively peaceful environment with abundant access to nature
  • The costs of addiction treatment is far lower than in in Europe, whilst the facilities are of a very high standard.
  • In many cases it serves the patient well to be removed from the toxic environment where their particular addiction thrives, and relocated to somewhere that is completely free of the triggers and reminders that help in sustaining their addictive behavior.

The difference between gambling and using coupons is quite obvious. When you gamble you are not guaranteed of any reward or return on your investment, whereas with Twangoo, Groupon and other daily deal type platforms, once you have bought your coupon, you’re guaranteed that you will get what you paid for. There’s nothing addictive about it.

Gambling, like drug addiction and alcohol addiction, is a disease that progresses over time. The time it takes for a person to get to a point where the addictive behavior has completely ruined their life, varies from person to person. Gambling addiction usually begins as a form of casual recreation, beginning with the regular purchase of lottery cards or placing bets on the horses and spending time in casinos. Most people are able to do this without it completely ruining their lives, but for those that are prone to addiction, it can quickly spiral out of control. Addiction is characterized by the need to make oneself feel better via some form of external stimulus, regardless of the negative impact it may have on one’s life. It is quite common for the gambling addict to also suffer from alcohol or drug addiction.

For those prone to addiction, gambling develops over time into an uncontrollable compulsion, where the person is preoccupied with thoughts of gambling and the highs that come from the occasional wins they may have. The gambling addict experiences brief periods of euphoria with the thrill of the win and large amounts of denial regarding the losses. Denial plays a big part in the progressive aspect of the gambling addiction as it is essential to the addict to sustain his or her addiction. The level of denial allows the gambler to take more and more financial risks, culminating in further losses and debt which only compound the compulsion. As the gambling addict’s life begins to spiral out of control, depression, alcoholism and suicide become very real risks. In many cases the gambling addict will begin to borrow and steal money to sustain the habit.

Ixande rehabilitation centres in Cape Town offer gambling addiction treatment for local clients as well as clients from the United Kingdom, Holland and other parts of the world by offering an inpatient program that focusses on getting to the core of the addictive behavior. The counselling staff at Ixande are professional and experienced in dealing with addictive behaviours like gambling addiction.

Please keep checking Twangoo for updates about our Ixande Coupons !

Discounted Sober House in Cape Town

Twangoo subscribers are familiar with the normal discount coupons and daily deals most companies offer. Scotswood Sober House Cape Town is not your average deal you might come across. Scotswood is a relatively new establishment that caters for people that are the road to recovery from a history in addictive behaviour and are looking for a safe and peaceful environment where they can build on the progress they have made whilst being treated fro addiction or alcoholism in a rehabilitation centre. For many addicts leaving the safety of a treatment centre can be quite daunting. For the first time, these people are expected to put to work the tools they have learned and remain abstinent from their drug or addiction of choice. Returning to their old life outside the safety of the rehabilitation centre poses many problems. Previously toxic relationships, old friends associated with drug use, stressful family relations and many other factors are things that could potentially lead to a potential relapse in addictive behaviour. Scotswood is located on a  beautiful property in Constantia in Cape Town and offers those that seek it, a sober living environment where they are able to get a head start on a new life, surrounded by like minded people. The Cape Town based sober house offers several amenities and can only accommodate a limited number of residents at a time in order to maintain a high quality of service. There are resident counsellors, weekly meeting held for the residents to discuss and share problems they may be experiencing. Besides being conveniently situated closley to nearby shopping malls and coffee shops, Scotswood is also close to several 12 Step meetings in the area that enables it’s residents to easily stay in touch the the support networks essential to their recovery. Scotswood are offering great deals over the next month for people that meet their minimum entry requirements. If you or a loved one are looking to safeguard your sobriety and continue on a path to wellness, head over to the Scotswood website and read up about all the amenities and facilities on offer for those that meet their minimum entry requirements. Alternatively call them directly on +27 (0) 82 575 3318 and find out what deals they have on offer.

Snap up a great Dentist Deal !

A lot of people seem to think that daily deal websites and other similar sites that offer vouchers and coupons focus mainly on restaurants, health spas and so forth. We often receive emails asking why we never have any deals that promote medical related services like doctors and dentists. So we decided to go out there and find you some! It is true though. It doesn’t seem to make any sense that there are never any great deals being promoted that fall into this category. Perhaps the doctors and dentists are all making too much money already and are not in any way struggling to find new customers, or maybe it is just something that they have never considered investigating ? Well, Twangoo has some great news for our readers and subscribers. Introducing, Dr P. Singh, a renowned Claremont dentist. Clearly Dr Singh is not your run of the mill dentist as he has agreed to be one of the first dentists to enter into negotiations with us. Dr Singh has his dental practice in Claremont Cape Town, where he has operated from for the past seven years. The dentist overs all the usual general dentistry as well as prosthetic and cosmetic dentistry work. The Claremont dentist offers crowns, implants, ceramic veneers, pediatric dentistry and much much more than this.

Dr Singh Dentist Coupon

Bargains and deals on dental work do not come by often so we urge our subscribers and readers to act quickly. The price of medical and dental services in South Africa is almost as expensive as it is in most European countries. Dr Singh is already one of the few dentists that offer quality work at affordable rates and is spoken of very highly by his existing patients. Many of these clients consider him to be the best dentist in Claremont, if not the best in Cape Town. Their testimonials can be read on Dr Singh’s website, www.drpsingh.co.za. On the website you will find all the details you need to make an appointment to see him, as well as find out more about the range of dental services he provides.

Discounted Treatment offered on Wellness Products

The amount of people suffering from psychiatric disorders like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and  Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is far greater than you would imagine. These disorders can seriously damage the affected person’s ability to conduct a normal healthy life. Addiction of any form or kind is another massive problem that thousands of people in South Africa struggle with. Most people immediately think of addiction to drugs or narcotics when the word addiction is mentioned, however this is not the case. Addiction comes in many forms and addictive behaviors are not limited only to substances, whether illegal or prescribed medications.

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We came across a fantastic online resource called Rehab-Search which tackles the difficulty in trying to locate the best possible treatment available to people suffering from any kind of addiction or obsessive compulsive related behaviors. Rehab-Search is a Cape Town based, free online service that really simplifies the process of sourcing the right rehab for you. There are many different forms of addiction and likewise there are certain treatment facilities that are better suited or much better at treating each of the disorders. Unfortunately this information is not easily accessible to somebody searching for treatment. For example, if you were to use a search engine to search for “drug addiction rehab”, you will be presented with literally thousands of options. Not all of these options are the same. Rehab-Search Directory specializes in dealing with each individual facility and determining where their strengths and weaknesses lie. Founder and owner, Francois Strydom, is uniquely qualified in that he has many years of first hand experience in dealing with addictive disorders. Although based in Cape Town, South Africa, the website has dealings with many international rehabilitation centers as well. Rehab-Search has compiled a comprehensive and detailed index of not only rehabilitation and treatment centers in Cape Town and the rest of South Africa, but also some of the most experienced and dedicated options available internationally. The list includes respected establishments based in Illinois, Florida, New Jersey and New York in the United States. There are also other options in several other countries including Canada and Thailand.

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Cape Town, South Africa, is one of the most popular destinations for patients from all over the globe looking for world class medical attention and treatment for addictive disorders. Cape Town is host to some the most professional and experienced rehabilitation centers in the world. There is a wide selection of facilities that specialize in treating eating disorders, alcoholism, sex addiction, drug addiction, online gaming, codependence and all of the other major addictive disorders. Rehab-Search is without a doubt your best starting point if you are looking for Cape Town based drug rehabilitation centres.

Be sure to head over to head over to the website to start your search for the best options available to you. Twangoo has negotiated massive discounted deals of up to 50% off with many of our partners. Discounts like this do not happen every day so be sure to check in and see where you can save by using the coupons on offer. Suffering from an addictive disorder is by no means fun and getting the best possible treatment available to you is without a doubt the most important factor to consider when searching for a rehabilitation centre.