Groupon Basics promises savings via bulk shopping

Groupon users can save some cash online by scooping up large quantities of household and personal care products.

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Need a 6-pack of Alka-Seltzer or 18 sticks of underarm deodorant? Groupon has a new service just for you.

Debuting on Thursday, Groupon Basics offers more than 100 items for your household, personal care, and health needs. You can stock up on vitamins, supplements, soap, shaving cream, lotions, tissues, napkins, and more. Only a couple of grocery items are currently available, but Groupon promises more on their way.

"We're putting the bulk buying power of Groupon to work for our customers, helping them save on serious quantities of the things they buy and use every day -- all from the convenience of their home," Aaron Cooper, senior vice president of Groupon Goods, said in a statement.

Here's how Groupon Basics works:

On a PC, sign into the Groupon website with an existing or new Groupon account (you can also sign in with a Facebook account). The site then displays a list of all products you can buy online with the Basics items automatically highlighted. On a mobile device, open the Groupon app, tap on the Goods tab, and then browse or search for specific products among the other deals.

Groupon Basics is available to consumers only in the continental US. Shipping is free with orders of $24.99 or higher. Unlike brick and mortal bulk shopping chains, no membership is required. Groupon also has an introductory promotion that rewards shoppers with 5 percent back in Groupon Bucks to use toward a future purchase.

"By adding this service to our marketplace, we're providing shoppers with great value and yet another reason to always check Groupon first," said Cooper. "Best of all, there's no membership or monthly fees."

Groupon shares rose 2 percent, or 15 cents, to $7.13 in trading on Thursday.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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