For starting a deals website, I would like to start by knowing how the deals websites operate( Example: Groupon.com ) in terms of profits. Let me put it in a clear way.
I noticed this. I went to the website, looked at a deal. It costed about $100 but was offered at $65. That means a discount of 35%. That's nice. Now when I tried to buy this deal via PayPal, on the whole transaction they did not charge me anything extra. So I pay $65 and I get to save $35 on the deal. Ok so far.
But here's the real deal ( & my question ). When I pay via PayPal, the business owners are going to be charged at least 2.9% + $0.30 ( = $2.185 ) as transaction fees. So the business has incurred a fees of $2.185 on my single transaction. Which means 100 such deals could cost them $218.5 out of pocket!!!! And I haven't counted all the deals that they might have listed on the website. This amount could easily run into thousands of dollars each day.
So my main question is:
1. How are these websites covering these fees? How can they offer the service for free, when they themselves are being charged transaction fees by PayPal?
2. How do they find partners to run the deals on their website? I mean, when they just started website, no one knew them and wouldn't place deals on their website. So how can companies like Groupon find affiliates or partners to run the deals on the website and convince them to pay the PayPal fees in return for advertising their deals?
I want to know this because I cant afford to pay the fees out of my pocket. If Groupon pays it out of pocket for traffic, good for them. I cant copy them.
Please advice. Thank you.