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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Asia is often thought of as the storehouse and manufacturing source for the world’s product’s and commodities and home of the best business deals. The precision is manufacturing processes and the costs of skilled labor have made many Asian countries the number one choice for companies wishing to produce their products on a large scale. Many precision computer components are produced in Taiwan and Korea, whilst China is well known for producing a large portion of the worlds products. However, for the smaller business owner, dealing with companies in these countries can be difficult, the language barrier creates problems and many of the factories and suppliers will only deal with larger companies. That’s why Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand is becoming increasingly popular for small businesses to source and purchase products for their stores. Bangkok is a fascinating city, home to more than eight million people. Thailand is also a hugely popular holiday destination where hundreds of thousands of holiday makers flock to each year to enjoy the fantastic Thai cuisine and soak up the sun on one of the beautiful Thai beaches.
More and more small business owners and retailers from all over the world have discovered how convenient and easy it is to shop in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand to source products such as clothing, shoes and fashion accessories for their shops and stores. Bangkok is home to many wholesale markets, including the Pratunam clothing market, Bobae market, the floating market and the world famous weekend or Chatuchak market (Jatujak market). The weekend market has well over 8000 stalls for the business or store owner looking to find Bangkok wholesale suppliers. The market is open from early on Saturday mornings till after six in the evening on Sunday, every weekend. Millions of tourists and small business owners visit this market every year searching for bargain goods and wholesale suppliers. Many wholesale suppliers can be found here and here only, unlike other suppliers who may have regular stores in Pratunam and other markets in Bangkok. It is advised that if tou do plan to visit the weekend market that you take a few things into consideration. The market becomes extremely busy and congested as the day progresses, it also extremely hot and humid on most days, so it’s best to get there early and make sure you drink plenty of water while you explore. Unfortunately it is also a great place for pickpockets to do their shopping, so be advised to take care of your belongings. The market has several banks where you can change traveler’s cheques or foreign currency. Besides the abundant supply of food stalls, there are also some really fine restaurants where you can take a break from the chaos and enjoy a meal and refreshments while you recoup before venturing back out into the market.
These are some points to consider when dealing with wholesale suppliers in Bangkok. :
It’s a good idea to be able to speak a small amount of the Thai language, at the minimum you should be able to count and understand the numbers. It’s not hard and makes the world of difference when negotiating the price with a supplier.
Be clear before you enter into the negotiation with the supplier exactly what your highest wholesale price you will be willing to pay.
It’s often a good idea to place an order, leave a small deposit with the wholesale supplier and instruct them to deliver the goods to your cargo agent where they will receive full payment. This has two benefits for you. Firstly, if it’s the first time you are dealing with the wholesale supplier, you are safeguarded against the possibility of them not honoring the transaction. Secondly, should you decide you would like to reduce the order or change the order, you have a much better chance of doing this if its not already paid for in full.
Like any business, there are loads of things to learn when dealing with Bangkok wholesale suppliers, much of this can only be learned through trial and error and experience. Fortunately the guys over at the Thailandwholesaleguide.com have put together a course that condenses years of experience in dealing with suppliers in Bangkok and Thailand. The course is well worth the investment and is guaranteed to save you time, effort and money. If you’re looking for a kick-start, head over to their website and take a look.