Imagine yourself buying wholesale not mostly on hand products but on services and trips. Instead of lugging cart after cart with toilet paper and Dr. Pepper from S&R, you carry voucher after voucher of spa treatments, ballet classes and a 3D 2N stay at some resort in Palawan. Do you really need them? But try getting them at insanely huge discounts and you do not anymore want to sing, “The deal that got away.”

You can’t get much for how many hundreds of pesos lately but these group-buying sites are making it all trendy and hip. If you are looking for a cheap deal on your favorite restaurant in the city, you have an hour to spend jumping through a few hoops to get your almost-a-giveaway lunch. The 70% discount offer is only available until 200 transactions go through their system. And sometimes the offer is limited only to weekdays and happy hours. No rainchecks on these deals, Cebu.

For the disposable income bracket, deals such as trips to Boracay, Palawan and Cebu might be a trad more expensive to covet especially when the site requires you to pay this amount of money right away to seal the deal. on the other hand harnesses the power of acquiring deals all over Cebu that focused more on doing deals for Cebu small and medium sized enterprises.

“We want to really concentrate on Cebu because we feel that this is the market that we know best,” says Ingrid Espina, one of the owners of “At the same time,  we feel that this is an advocacy– to promote our home, Cebu to locales and travellers who use the virtual world want to appreciate the best of Cebu, on a budget.” Ingrid, along with Lorraine Dytian and Carla Go, launched last week and have already given away 55% off on a 1-month membership at Citigym and a 62% off on a 4-course beef meal from Anzani among others.

How to get started:
1. Register for an account
2. Choose preferred deal by clicking BUY NOW
3. Pay through Paypal, Credit card or direct bank deposit.
4. Confirmation will be sent to your email in a form of a voucher
5. Print and present to establishment along with valid ID offers products and services at really amazing discounts on the condition that a minimum number of buyers will be making that same purchase at a specified deadline. You hardly see an online group buying deal site that caters only to ONE city but take some of the best things in Cebu that are hard to afford and FIND nowadays then bring them back within reach. “We usually come up with a new deal every week, but are looking at increasing the frequency in the very near future,” promises Ingrid.

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