Instant deals designed for mobile consumers on the go look like the next big extension in the deals space. LivingSocial told AllThings D that it is offering instant $1 “Walk In” deals for lunch in its headquarters city of Washington, D.C., as a promotion for its mobile apps. Users who sign up for the feature will see all deals within a half-mile of their GPS-enabled location. Users buy the deals right on their phones.
TipCity has a paperless system — users simply say “TipCity” to counter people. It works with restaurants on an account basis. Another site, GroupTabs, is a mobile app that provides discounts after thresholds are reached for a promotion (i.e., 20 people buying a margarita within a two-hour window). GroupTabs made a splash when it kicked off last August but has not been heard of since.