Checkmate is a savings/shopping company based in San Francisco. They have come up with a new piece of technology that seeks to compete with established players in the coupon space such as Honey and RetailMeNot. This coupon tool can be downloaded for free from their website and the business model does not involve harvesting or selling user data which is a breath of fresh air in what has become an industry rife with the abuse of user data.
The theory behind this new tool is that the main coupon apps have forced online stores to reduce the savings provided with online coupon codes, and in response, those stores are emailing personalized single-use codes to users instead. This is why the online savings provided by the more mainstream tools have drastically reduced in the last few years as noted by many online bloggers. Could Checkmate be the breakthrough tool to bring big savings back to the mainstream?
Checkmate securely links your inbox to your browser with one click and displays/inserts these codes in one click. It also provides an aggregated dashboard where you can see all of your savings and shopping habits in one neat place.
Checkmate also provides a tool that tracks user’s packages as they are shipping so a user can see when everything they have purchased is expected to arrive. Checkmate also hunts the internet for discounted gift cards and offers them to users as they shop, an emerging feature that does not exist in other online tools.
Checkmate assures on their landing page that privacy is one of their key features and has an entire page dedicated to explaining why linking your email inbox through their tool is incredibly secure. It appears as though the service goes through the Google and Microsoft backed API which is by far the most secure way that such a service can be provided.
Checkmate suggest in their press releases that this combination of deal stacking can save you up to 25% more than other coupon and shopping plugins. If this is true, it’s the breakthrough the online shopping world has been waiting for.