Berkeley juniors start new website to offer deals

As the Internet continues to be popular venue for shopping, UC Berkeley students recently launched a new website that is designed to combine different aspects of online retail and to accommodate the needs of the student population.SnipCrunch.com — which was set into motion in early April and already reached over 100,000 page views — is a website that compiles special retail deals for its subscribers, according to co-founder and UC Berkeley junior Aditya Mahesh.“There are not many websites that you get the deals that you are interested in,” Mahesh said. “(SnipCrunch.com) puts everything in one place.”

Similar to Facebook, the members receive notifications for deals that they have requested and also recommends other deals that match their interests.

According to Mahesh, many of the deals come from online third party sources — such as Sony — and the site provides the respective links for those deals. However, SnipCrunch.com also offers deals for apparel and other merchandise that are exclusive to their site.

Co-founder and UC Berkeley junior Saleh Altayyar said that SnipCrunch integrated three different types of retail sites — forum sites that offer randomized merchandise, sites that show deals around local areas like Groupon.com and sites like JackThreads.com, which suggest merchandise based on certain brand names — in order to help students seek the cheapest deals.

Mahesh added that they are looking to expand the website to other campuses, such as UC Davis, Stanford University, UCLA and schools in the Boston area.

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