Wicount is a new South African Web site that uses the power of group purchasing to offer a daily deal on things to do in Johannesburg.
Wicount is able to negotiate deals with Johannesburg businesses that are only possible by guaranteeing a certain volume of sales. Customers only get the day’s deal if the required number of people sign up that day.
“In this economy where prices are going up, people are really tightening their belts,” says Aaron Toys, founder of Wicount. “Wicount empowers its users, through group buying power, to obtain amazing deals on everything from restaurants, spas, sporting events and teeth whitening to dance classes, wall climbing, and so on. Wicount is a great way to find fun things to do without going broke and brings buyers and sellers together in a fun and collaborative way. It offers the consumer a great deal that they can’t obtain anywhere else and they deliver sales directly to the merchant.”
Wicount uses social buying (a minimum number of people must buy each deal for it to be available) to negotiate prices that aren’t available elsewhere. Wicount subscribers receive free daily e-mails alerting them to the offers and often use social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to share the deals with family and friends.
The site features deals on the best of Johannesburg’s restaurants, concerts, events, lessons, tours, spas, salons, retail shops, and so on. Wicount finds Johannesburg’s best experiences and offers them at discounts of up to 50%.