As group-buying is such a hot topic and recently Groupon has come to China, I visited several group-buying sites to see what they offer.

Many of the offering are heavy discounts on restaurants and hotels.  For people who plan to have dinner with friends or spend a night in another city, these could be helpful.  And then, there are a few spa, a few ski restores, some stuff animal, cosmetic, health food and so on.  Anyway, nothing I will call daily necessity.  But, if it is cheap enough, probably some people will give it a try.

Many of them also offer special promotion to boost usage.  For example, both Groupon China and Lashou are giving out “Red Pockets” to their users.  I got RMB2 from Lashou and RMB6 from Groupon.  Lashou also promise to count me in its next lucky draw – the winner can take home a Mercedes Benz.  No, you have not heard me wrong.  A real luxury car worth RMB 300,000.  (Click here if you want to register: http://www.lashou.com/?inviter=ic2hlcm1hbnNv) Last time, Lashou gave away a flat in Shanghai!!  A girl from Shenzhen won it.

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Sherman So

Author of Red Wired: China's Internet Revolution, the first book to completely survey the nature of China's internet. (http://redwiredrevolution.com/) She previously was the lead China technology reporter...