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    Best Groupon clone script under $1k - better than Gripsell/Gradlee?

    Hey guys, what's the best Groupon clone script under $1k? My fave so far is Gradlee, which is a more advanced version of Gripsell. However, it seems to be missing some of Gripsell's latest features, and plus I've been waiting for 30+ hours for an email reply... so I'm not so sure about it anymore. Other scripts I've reviewed and discarded due to lack of features so far are (in no particular order) AltraSoft, GroupScript, Groupon Clone, Wroupon, Coupsta and Couponic and Ndotdeals. So the question is: is there something better than Gradlee / Gripsell out there? Thanks!

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    No one knows?

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    Nope, good luck.
    This isn't a PHP issue, moving to general web building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElNoobo View Post
    No one knows?
    I tried couponic and lost money. Already have a few merchants to feature good deals but do not know which script shall I select. For now gripsel seems to be far ahead of others but I want to make sure that I do not lose another pack of green paper. Any idea what is the diff between gradlee and gripsel. Any idea about agriya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deals View Post
    I tried couponic and lost money. Already have a few merchants to feature good deals but do not know which script shall I select. For now gripsel seems to be far ahead of others but I want to make sure that I do not lose another pack of green paper. Any idea what is the diff between gradlee and gripsel. Any idea about agriya.

    hey deals, I'm looking for a good groupon clone script as well. What was your experience with Couponic like?

    Regarding Agriya, check out this thread...not very nice things are said about them and the Agriya company actually tries to explain what happened to all the angry customers:

    http://www.complaintsboard.com/compl...t=datea&page=1

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    Stay away from Gripsell , why...?

    Hi,

    Stay away from Gripsell, the sales dpt. answered (Denise) all our questions very fast.

    but there support...I don't know what I can say about there support, we are waiting for an answer sicne more than 2 days...

    There is a lot of bugs, they told us to upgrade to the last version 4.3.1, and more problems happer...

    Be careful with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chapito View Post
    hey deals, I'm looking for a good groupon clone script as well. What was your experience with Couponic like?

    Regarding Agriya, check out this thread...not very nice things are said about them and the Agriya company actually tries to explain what happened to all the angry customers:

    http://www.complaintsboard.com/compl...t=datea&page=1
    My experiences with couponic was bad from day one. After I made payment, my emails were not replied for more than 3 days. First I thought to open a dispute but then I got what I wanted, the script. Searching their template files was like a mess. Without documentation, this script was like a white mammoth in front of me. When asked for support, No response again.

    I had to abondon it after waiting for weeks to get reply for simple queries like where shall I change verbiage.

    Funny thing was that for one query "Logo image size if big and it does not show properly. I want to change the image CSS to adjust height and width. How can I do it?", they replied "Please clear your computer cache, delete history, and clear all cookies, turn on javascript support, it will look fine." LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onemagic View Post
    Hi,

    Stay away from Gripsell, the sales dpt. answered (Denise) all our questions very fast.

    but there support...I don't know what I can say about there support, we are waiting for an answer sicne more than 2 days...

    There is a lot of bugs, they told us to upgrade to the last version 4.3.1, and more problems happer...

    Be careful with them.
    gripsell terms conditions say support office time are 8 to 5 mon to friday... same old story of giants. they have 24x7 sales team and support team time in one shift. not the first one but good marketing strategy.. with the scale, they must shift to 24x7 support now. hope they read this forum and implement.

    had me in your case, I would have pushed all support queries on Monday.. LOL.

    Anyways, I like their scripts. impressed with the fact that their many clients are now crawled by yipit type websites. look at agriya's yipit clone, they crawl more websites built on gripsell than their own.. lol! what a irony. planning to invest.
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    anyone consider those companies where there are no upfront fees but they take a percentage of your gross revenue? U.S. based companies and they customize the site for you and continue to update the site with new features to keep up with competitors.

    BringLocal, DailyDealWorks, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chapito View Post
    hey deals, I'm looking for a good groupon clone script as well. What was your experience with Couponic like?

    Regarding Agriya, check out this thread...not very nice things are said about them and the Agriya company actually tries to explain what happened to all the angry customers:

    http://www.complaintsboard.com/compl...t=datea&page=1
    Agriya tries to resolve all complaints and problems which is why we're keen on following up on any complaints that are posted on various message boards.

    We find that the majority of complaints are due to 3rd party application problems for example Authorize.net, mailchimp, Facebook etc. Other problems include cron jobs not running, slow speed of the site, emails not sending etc. which can nearly always be traced back to the server.

    While Agriya accepts there will be bugs in any of our scripts (there are bugs in any script and we had to revoke version 1.0b4 of our group deal software due to bugs in new features we added) we do ask for cooperation and patience from clients which is not always forthcoming. As I mentioned above, so often the problems can be traced back to the server or 3rd party applications and it needs time to figure out what on Earth is going wrong.

    We had a client recently who was getting very angry and upset that the deals weren't being sent out when they were supposed to and wanted a refund because "the script was full of bugs". Obviously this is very frustrating for us because we know that it's working on the demo and for all our other clients. Eventually, after over a week of testing and looking we traced the problem to the server crons which were timing out due to lack of memory (they were using a master reseller account) and gave the client the necessary information on how to solve it. Problem solved but the customer still posted complaints about the software because they didn't move to a more powerful server

    Another example was that a client installed the script on his server and the software wouldn't send any emails; registration, notification, forgot password, daily deal etc. The client claimed the script was "full of bugs" and posted negative things about it. We discovered that the server was blocking the php sendmail function (something to do with MX records? I can't remember now and I'm not a developer!) so even a basic mail('caffeinated@example.com', 'My Subject', $message); function didn't send an mail because it was blocked.

    We have a problem at the moment where a handful of customers who are using the mailchimp API to send the daily emails are having their subscribers automatically unsubscribed. This has caused a headache because out of all the customers using mailchimp it's only happening to a tiny minority of the customers so it's like banging your head against the wall to figure out what's going on. The software doesn't have any unsubscription coding and it's not affecting most of the customers using the mailchimp API so it's a painstaking process to figure out what's causing the problem and whether it's a problem with our script or the mailchimp API. Obviously the customers that are affected by this are less than happy asking why the software is "full of bugs".

    Sorry to hijack the thread but the point I want to make is that I think regardless of which script you go with there are going to be some issues, problems and challenges that need to be overcome. The difference is in how that company supports you afterwards.

    Thanks,

    Peter
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    And surely, if all these problems being experienced by users of your software are due to such things as APIs or having set their stuff up on thier own servers, the cause of the issue is still with your company.

    Why do companies release stuff that isn't ready for market. (rhetorical)

    If anyone provides any product, it must work. if it doesn't the propblemlies with the company.

    If there are specific requirements of the software (just like the specs necessary for windows software being clearly displayed on the box), then those need to be explained properly even to the point of insisting such things are run on your servers.

    But I just know you won't do that because then you wouldn't be able to blame anyone else.
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    Hi Bazz,

    Quote Originally Posted by bazz View Post
    And surely, if all these problems being experienced by users of your software are due to such things as APIs or having set their stuff up on thier own servers, the cause of the issue is still with your company.
    See, this is the problem that software sellers have. I said that a minority of customers have problems but you've read it as all these problems being experienced by users of your software which implies you think that everyone will have a problem with one of the API's which isn't correct because the API's work when the correct data is entered.

    For example, Facebook Connect works for 99% of our customers, you can check it out on the demo and it works so why would 1% of our users have a problem? Most of the time it's because they've set up the FB application wrong or not copied the correct API keys.

    We had a customer this week that complained the friends importer wasn't working for Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail. He said the "script is full of bugs" but on investigation we found that he hadn't followed the instructions and created an API key. Once we created it for him and entered it in the database the script worked as it should have.

    I've mentioned to the product developers about having a robust system to check that API keys are being entered and they look in the correct format (length, character type, pattern etc.) but the problem with that is that it could bloat the software with unnecessary checking scripts. Do you think it would be a good idea to implement though?

    Why do companies release stuff that isn't ready for market. (rhetorical)
    While it's rhetorical I'd like to answer it with: because the market is the biggest tester of the product and it is tested on a scale that a company could never hope to do internally or in product focus groups. I'm sure Toyota tested their brake system a million times, Sony tested their Vaio batteries and as for Apple's v1 release performances...

    Thanks,

    Peter

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    My Recommendations to sellers:
    If you sell a car without breaks, definitely it is your problem.
    If your car consumes gasoline, inform buyers. They must not end up standing in queue for diesel.
    Until you publish help manual, customer will come back and ask where to turn on wipers and which side for headlights.
    If you find customer's queries and clarifications headaching and frustrating, move out of business. This business is not for you. Better, start operating a junk yard.

    My Recommendations to buyers:
    Most of the reviews are baseless. I checked demo and live websites of top 3 players. I found everything fine. That led me to believe, it is something to do with their customer or competitor
    Do not purchase a car, if you don't know driving. Or hire a driver to drive this car for you
    Do not buy a car without help manual or proper documentation
    Do not try your hand on script programming, if you don't know ABC of coding
    Do hire professionals to update script for you
    Do not jump to conclusion that script is buggy. There can be n number of factors

    I have hired professionals to set up my copy of script and am happy with the progress. Can say, things are going good and am satisfied with one of the product in the market.

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    I said that a minority of customers have problems but you've read it as *all these problems being experienced by users of your software* which implies you think that everyone will have a problem.
    Nice attempt at damage limitation but, actually, if you read what I wrote I hope you will see that I said something completely different.

    The term ALL referred to ALL of the PROBLEMS, not all of the people.

    which implies you think that everyone will have a problem with one of the API's which isn't correct because the API's work when the correct data is entered.
    Doesn't imply anything of the sort - it is perfectly clear if you read it. I don't do implication as people here know only too well, I think. My point is that you expect your customers to know intuitively, how to use your software. You expect the intuition to come from your customers but in fact, whomever in your company failed to make it intuitive, needs to be given another role. (not food I hasten to add). It's as binary as that. 0/1

    I have removed a substantial section of message because I am not going to tell you what you need to do. I hope sooner rather than later, someone will come along and because they will have built it correctly before releasing it, they will take your space.


    I'm sure Toyota tested their brake system a million times, Sony tested their Vaio batteries and as for Apple's v1 release performances..
    According to you, your APIs work correctly so, that makes your comparison pointless.

    I've mentioned to the product developers about having a robust system to check that API keys are being entered and they look in the correct format (length, character type, pattern etc.) but the problem with that is that it could bloat the software with unnecessary checking scripts. Do you think it would be a good idea to implement though?
    That's a very strange question. Do you know what you are doing??

    It seems to say that agriya doesn't know what they are doing, are not proficient in programming and because there are serious issues with their software it MUST be their customers fault.

    NICE. Nothing like a good blend of naivety, incompetence, insecurity and arrogance on a rainy day. lol

    Does that imply anything??
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    Thanks for your thoughts, Bazz, it's certainly something for us to consider! The reason I asked the question is because I'm not a developer so was putting it out to other developers to get their thoughts and opinions, it would give me a stronger case if I have a meeting with the product manager about it.

    Thanks,

    Peter


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