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In Istanbul, daily deals site highlights Turkish goods and culture

Work & Lifestyle

Hard on the heels of our story about Kuponomi comes word of yet another Turkish site focusing on “deal a day” opportunities. Rather than helping consumers sell their unused coupons, however, Saklisehir focuses on offering up daily opportunities to enjoy goods and services specific to Turkish and Ottoman culture. A creation of Turkish software maker Desnet Yazılım, Saklisehir (which means “hidden city”) features a little-known but locally focused good or service each day. Recently, for example, the daily offering was a sizable discount on jewelry made by a local store; other examples have included local spa services and tours. Whatever the item, a minimum number of participants much be reached by the time the offer expires in order for it to be realized. Toward that end, Saklisehir encourages participants to invite their friends, and each month it rewards the person who brings the most friends to the site. For the month of June, in fact, the site awarded one lucky user an iPad signed by none other than Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror. Is there any end in sight to the “deal a day” craze? Not that we can see, and the incorporation of a culturally specific focus gives it an interesting twist. How about setting up something similar in your part of the world? Spotted by: Selin Özsoy



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