Given how ubiquitous daily deal sites like Groupon and Living Social have become – there are nearly a dozen in Edmonton alone – it is difficult to keep track of them, let alone distinguish between them. The most recent site to be launched here, however, is distinct in one very significant way: it gives back to the community.
GoodNews.com works the same way as other deal sites – e-mails featuring discounts of 50-90% for local businesses are sent out to subscribers, and when the minimum number of people have agreed to the deal, it is activated for a limited period of time.
That said, Good News is different because they donate a portion of the profits from each deal sold to a local charity. The site started in Vancouver in July 2010, and since then, has raised over $30,000 for area charities; they are hoping for similar success here. The Edmonton Food Bank is their first partner cause in our city, and will receive 5% of all sales generated between January 25 to February 27, 2011.
To get you started, Good News is offering $5 worth of free credit that can be redeemed right away. Also, to help celebrate their launch, they have partnered with the Whyte Avenue location of Crepeworks to offer a $1 deal – not only will your purchased coupon nab you a crepe that would normally cost you $7, but the entire dollar will be going to the Food Bank (the current deal is a pretty good one too – $16 for $40 worth of food at Zaika – I already have my coupon!).
So – if you needed a reason to get shopping, here it is!