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New Triangle coupon site

Posted January 23, 2010

Twongo, a new savings site here in the Triangle, offers discounts that get deeper as more people take advantage of each daily deal, called the Big Deal. It's a pretty interesting concept that uses team buying to offer better deals.

Here's how it works: Businesses offer coupons for their products and services. The deals are posted daily on Twongo.com. If you find a deal you like, you agree to buy the deal at the posted discount. If enough people buy the deal, the discount gets bigger.  They even show you how many more people need to buy a deal in order for the discount to increase.

For instance, the deal of the day, as of Friday evening, is a restaurant certificate to Giorgio, the new establishment in Cary. The deal is a $50 certificate for $25. At this time, if 151 more people buy the certificate, the discount goes from 50% to 54%. Once the deal ends in 48 hours (according to the cool countdown clock on the deal page), your credit card will be charged for the highest discount it reached.  The discount won't be less than the one you locked in when you signed up for that deal. At that time you can print out your certificate and use it at the business. Sounds pretty easy.

This seems like a great way to try some new restaurants and services at a good discount.

Any restaurants or services you want to see on the Big Deal page?

I'll contact Twongo to let them know what certificates you want and maybe those businesses will be willing to participate. You never know!

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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 26, 2010

    That's strange bsshaw. I clicked the link and had no problem getting through. Have you tried typing it in - www.twongo.com. Maybe if you try to access it through Firefox instread of Explorer it may work. Anyone else have any ideas?

    FYI - the El Dorado $20 voucher is now at 55% off ($9) and if 57 more people get it, the price goes to 60% off. And in case you are wondering - I don't get a percentage of sales when you click through the link I provided in the above box - I just think it's a good way to get a good meal at a good price. If it goes to $8 for the voucher - it's a great price!

  • t0tAlChA0s Jan 26, 2010

    My computer locks up every time I try to go to the site. Tried cut & paste and still no luck =(

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 26, 2010

    Today's Twongo deal is 50-60% off a $20 voucher to El Dorado Mexican Restaurant. There are 6 participating locations including some in Garner, Cary and Raleigh. The discount is at 50% right now (you pay $10 for a $20 voucher) but if 33 more people buy a voucher, it goes to 55%. We do love Mexican food - may have to jump on this one.