Co-Buying: The Infographic

Somebody is going to take a look at this video and make millions.  It’s a scene from a Chinese ‘Tuángòu‘ (team-buying) raid on a paint retailer.  The concept is super-simple – a flash mob of shoppers descend on  some poor retailer and demand a bulk discount. Would you stand up to the wild team-buying leader in this video???

The social commerce opportunity is to harness the energy, spontaneity of ‘Tuángòu‘ team-buying and apply it to e-commerce, or at least digitally-enhanced commerce.  Of course, online collective bargaining for shopping has a name – or had a name until the term ‘group-buying’ was reduced to a marketing wheeze from daily deal sites Groupon et al.

So here’s the concept rebranded as ‘co-buying’ and summed up an a clear and articulate infographic from smart UK start-up BuyaPowa (and supporting video). We’re big fans of this Tuángòu concept, and think collective price bargaining has a big future in social commerce – particularly in corporate purchasing departments.

Someone will make a killing out of this Chinese Tuangou concept when they get it right – what do you think?


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Paul Marsden

Chartered psychologist specialising in consumer behaviour, wellbeing and technology. Certified CX professional experienced in Design Thinking. A researcher, writer and speaker, Paul is head of Digital Insight at SYZYGY.

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Written by Paul Marsden