Portland gets another coupon site


Scoutmob has arrived in Portland, another deal-a-day coupon site piggybacking on the success of companies such as Groupon or Living Social.

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Scoutmob has arrived in Portland, another deal-a-day coupon site piggybacking on the success of companies such as Groupon or Living Social.

The company differs from other coupon sites in that you don’t have to pay for the deal, just pull up the coupon on your smart phone.

It’s actually not a bad spin on the concept—you don’t end up buying a bunch of deals you’ll never actually use. On the flip side, with no financial investment, recipients may have less motivation to actually follow through on visiting the venue and cashing in. Scoutmob seems to be targeted at a younger, geo-location-savvy, digital crowd—one that probably doesn’t want to be seen “clipping coupons” like their moms. The site is a lot more 2.0-chic than most of its competitors; the copy is a bit sloppy and lengthy, but it’s fine literature compared to some I’ve seen.

Still, it raises the question: just how many discounted spa treatments can one city handle?

Read more at Willamette Week.

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