Update: We are now being threatened by the folks at Jungle Cents . It is not our fault your site sucks and rather than trying to levy legal action against us (which is a dumb pr move) use the money to make your site better. And, stop having your friends post comments to our blog. Seriously. We did update the post below thanks to our lawyers at Kramer, Levin, et. al. (Jungle cents please feel free to contact them directly. They are waiting for you. If you want, we will send you their direct contact.)
What: Jungle cents joins the flood of deal websites that offer you deals that you really do not want
Kathryn Says: I truly love a good deal and I love tools that help me find a good one. However, due in part to the success of sites like Gilt Groupe and Groupon, there has been a rise in sites purporting to give us “great deals” and great “online coupons”, but in reality give us regurgitated affiliate relationships.
Which brings us to Jungle Cents.
The site works like all the other sites: they feature an “exclusive” deal, you click to buy and the deal is sent to your email. These deals last a week (versus daily or hourly new deals posted to sites like Groupon). The “deals” may be through affiliate relationships , which would mean they get a percentage of each sale, get a small amount of money every time you click on a link, or some other affiliate/advertisement type relationship . There’s nothing wrong with this model, we use it sometimes on TBF and popular sites like RetailMeNot and Fat Wallet also use it, however we know that when you ONLY use affiliate deals, you’re not able to truly offer the best deal. We not saying that Jungle Cent ONLY uses affiliate deals, but we are saying that their site sucks. Case in point, Jungle Cents recently featured a $15 giftcard for $3 “deal” for the online store eModa.com, which would be a great deal if you actually shopped at eModa.com.
Furthermore the design of the logo is eerily (some might even say illegally) similar to that of the popular deal site RetailMeNot.com
Verdict: Don’t even waste your time. The site is pretty much a copycat of other sites like Groupon, Woot, and even Gilt Group- all of whom have better deals on things you actually want.
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