Online coupons have become a common find, however some companies are finding a better, and more fulfilling way to offer these deep discounts. CauseOn provides significant savings to users who take advantage of their special deals, usually as much as 50% up to 90% off original prices. There is an added bonus to taking advantage of CauseOn deals: 20% of the revenue generated from the purchase of these deals will go to a cause of the buyer’s choice. While getting a great discount, users can also give a little back to support an organization, group or cause they deem important.Show more screenshots »
CauseOn made its first appearance in August of 2010. The site is considered a “group buying” company but with a “good” twist. Since CauseOn is so young, it is hard to say how it may change in the future. For now, the site remains true to its original mission: to help users save money while supporting a cause they feel passionate about.
CauseOn takes two activities and puts them together for maximum user benefit. This works by supplying users with the opportunity to take advantage of significant discounts. These sites are generally more attractive than other online coupons because the discounts are significant. Of course, the trade off is that you have to pay something for the discount, but it is generally a fraction of the retail value. CauseOn turns the “buying” activity into something very positive by donating a percentage of the profits to an organization of the buyer’s choice. It is a win-win situation for all involved!
The CauseOn website includes attractive images and a professional layout. The site is relatively easy to navigate, although a little more information could be made available. The site seems to focus on showcasing media outlets it was featured on as well as social networking websites it operates through. Information about CauseOn’s mission, their history, or other more personal company details are not as easily accessible. A press release provides most of it, but this could be better placed on the site along with specific directions discussing how CauseOn works. An FAQ would be an ideal addition.
Registering for CauseOn is very simple. The site does not offer many bells and whistles, but by keeping it simple the user can benefit with quick and easy navigation. Right on the homepage, new visitors can find the CauseOn email address form. Simply enter a valid email address (this is where special deals will be sent, so accuracy is important) and select a location from the drop down box. By clicking the green “Subscribe” button, you will be registered to receive special offer updates for that location. After submitting the information, a green message appears stating that the user must finish email verification to receive updates. This is very hard to read on some monitors due to the gray background.
How much CauseOn costs depends on how many special offers the user takes advantage of. Simply signing up is free and receiving deal updates also costs nothing. The site benefits from more users purchasing the current deal, so charging any kind of membership fee would be counter productive.
Serious bargain shoppers can go crazy over CauseOn’s special discounts. These are far greater discounts than most coupons or other types of offers can provide. Of course, there is some payment required up front as well. Anyone who enjoys going out and donating to a cause can also really appreciate the way CauseOn works.