In a Nutshell: While often one of the most understated features of a retailer’s online checkout page, the “Submit Coupon” box is actually one of the most powerful, holding the potential for hundreds in savings. And now, thanks to Gumdrop by Goodshop, the coupon box just got even more powerful — and it’s using its powers for good. An easy-to-install browser extension, Gumdrop makes sure you’ll never miss a deal, automatically bringing over 500,000 of the best coupons from across the web right to your browser as you shop more than 45,000 sites. And because Gumdrop is a part of the Goodshop family, users can also make a difference while they shop, with a percentage of each qualifying purchase being donated to the cause most important to you.
Certain of life’s irritating coincidences tend to happen with such frequency they could be considered all but inevitable. For instance, it seems that one of the most effective ways to cause it to spontaneously rain is to water the garden. And if you want to practically guarantee you’ll bump into an old flame, just run a quick errand in your second-oldest t-shirt and dirty jeans.
Of course, of all the little moments that make us feel a bit like the universe is mocking us, some of the most irritating of all are the ones that appear to cost us money. A prime example? You’ll almost always find that amazing coupon for your favorite store right after you complete your checkout. No matter how great a deal you already scored, knowing you potentially missed out on an even better one tends to sting.
“When you get to that ‘Submit Coupon’ box, you don’t want to be the person who doesn’t have a coupon — not when you know there’s one out there,” said JJ Ramberg, Founder of Goodshop, a popular online shopping portal that allows customers to donate to their favorite causes with every purchase.
Though Goodshop has seen success aggregating coupons through its site and mobile app, the company is taking that technology to the next level with the new Gumdrop platform. An easy-to-use browser extension, Gumdrop tackles the missed-deal dilemma by bringing the best coupons from across the web right to your browser window as you shop with thousands of participating retailers.
“You no longer have to open another window or tab and search for coupons. With Gumdrop, they automatically come to you, on your screen,” said JJ. “It takes the annoying process of finding coupons — and gets rid of it. Now you can be assured that the best coupons and deals activate right there.”
To make it even better, as a part of Goodshop, Gumdrop allows users to not only shop and save, but also donate a portion of their purchase to their favorite cause — at no extra cost to them.
“The other neat thing about Gumdrop is, once you add it, you can select a cause to sponsor,” said JJ. “And a percentage of what you spend at thousands of stores will go to that cause. Really, the whole point of Gumdrop is to, A) help you save money, and B) help you support an important cause.”
Never Miss an Online Shopping Coupon Again
The Gumdrop browser extension may be just a few months old — but it’s growing fast. In fact, Gumdrop users have saved more than $133.9 million already. Part of the platform’s success comes from the quick install and simple, automated interface.
“Gumdrop is incredibly easy,” described JJ. “You simply go to GetGumdrop.com to download the extension. It takes about 30 seconds to add to your browser. Then, every time you go to an online store, you can have the best coupons and deals automatically activated for you.”
Gumdrop is compatible with all of the major web browsers, including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari. And yes, using Gumdrop really is as easy as it sounds. The gumdrop-shaped Gumdrop icon in the corner of your browser is always on the lookout for discounts — all you need to do is browse and shop your favorite online stores as you normally would. When you see the icon flash, you’ll know there is money to be saved.
“I think the real benefit to Gumdrop is just you will never miss a coupon again,” said JJ. “That’s the exciting part of it — it just makes getting that coupon so easy. You don’t have to search anymore.”
With a full complement of coupons from across the web, you won’t ever have to worry about settling for a sub-par coupon — or missing out on a deal entirely. The Gumdrop extension displays all of a store’s online coupons, as well as each site’s sales and deals so you don’t miss out on a thing.
Users can click on the gumdrop-shaped icon to scroll through the offered coupons and sales to pick and choose what works for them, or click the green “Activate Coupons” button to have Gumdrop automatically apply the best coupon at checkout. Applying a coupon by selecting it from the list or activating your coupons automatically will also make your purchase eligible for any associated donation.
Find the Best Coupons from 45,000 Stores & Counting
While the Gumdrop extension has coupons from many of the most popular retail giants, including Amazon, Staples, and Target, it also includes a variety of smaller and specialty brands, as well. Through Goodshop and Gumdrop, you can find coupons across dozens of categories, from beauty and books to toys and travel accessories — and just about everything in between.
In fact, you can find discounts and deals from more than 45,000 different retailers, and, according to JJ, that number is always growing. “New stores are added every week,” she explained. “And we have more than 500,000 coupons and deals, which are being updated all the time.”
Savings can be had in a variety of ways, with coupons covering the gamut from free shipping deals to store-wide discounts. The types and number of coupons available will vary by store, with some offering just a handful of discounts and others with dozens of deals.
You can even save all of your favorite stores, making it easy to see when a hot new deal or coupon is available by simply opening the Gumdrop extension and browsing the discounts. Gumdrop also keeps track of all of your donations, displaying how much you’ve raised for your sponsored cause.
As with the types of discounts, the portion of your purchase that will be donated is also dictated by the individual retailers. In general, donations will range from 1% to 5% of your purchase total but can go up to 10% or more. If it seems small, remember it all adds up. To date, Goodshop users have helped to raise approximately $12.7 million for more than 110,000 causes across dozens of categories.
“A cause can be anything,” JJ explained. “From a national organization, such as the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society of the United States, to a local organization, including your kid’s school or your local SPCA. It could also be a personal cause that you start yourself, like if you’re trying to raise money for health care needs, or if a friend’s house burnt down and you’re trying to raise money.”
Make a Difference with Your Purchase when Goodshop Donates to Your Favorite Cause
During some of life’s more irritating moments, it can be hard not to think the universe is simply laughing at you. What’s worse, many of those moments seem nearly inevitable — like your freshly washed vehicle turning into a birdie bathroom as soon as you put away the hose. Or seeing a targeted ad with a great coupon mere minutes after making an online purchase.
I’m convinced little is to be done about aerial avian attacks on newly clean automobiles, but the team at Goodshop has the missed-deal dilemma well in hand with Gumdrop. Even better, they’re helping that little coupon box use its savings powers for good — and good causes.
“It is nice to know that with the shopping that you are going to be doing anyway, you’re helping a cause,” JJ said. “It costs nothing for a consumer. In fact, they can save money with the coupons, and they’re making a real difference.”