A study published by digital marketing outfit Platform-A found that 40 percent of Web users are interested in shopping with online coupons. Unfortunately, many online coupon schemes fail to deliver meaningful savings and should be viewed by cost-conscious shoppers with extreme skepticism. Loren Bendele, chief executive of online deal aggregator Savings.com, offers some of the deals he's seeing.
Shoes & Handbags
Piperlime is a Gap spin-off specializing in shoes and handbags. Web shoppers can save 15% off orders over $125.
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Free iPod Touch
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Urban Outfitters is offering 10% of all orders of its vintage-store chic clothes and quirky home furnishings to shoppers who click on a Savings.com coupon link.
Savings.com users can save 50% at Hanes.com on items like the Men's Outer Banks Sailcloth Jacket. Regular price: $60. With Web coupon code: $30.
Lord & Taylor
Web shoppers get 20% of already-marked-down items from luxe department store Lord & Taylor.
Outdoor sports enthusiasts can save 40% on orders for backpacks, tents and other gear from Backcountryoutlet.com.