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5:23 PM, Jan 8, 2010   |    comments
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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) -- How's this for a deal? Seventeen dollars for 20 pounds of fresh, delicious Florida citrus. It's just a sample of what you'll find on Silver Spring start up, jasmere.com.

"People wanna find great deals. They wanna discover new products. They wanna save money, but they don't have a lot of time," says jasmere.com co-founder Katrina Emmerson Kugel.

Launched in December, jasmere.com is the latest addition to the deal a day movement. The site offers deals at 70% off and joins others like Buy With Me, Groupon and Living Social that push the power of collective buying.

Jasmere.com does it with a twist. Share more, save more.

Kugel describes how the citrus deal goes down.

"It started out as $21, but because of something we call social shopping, it went all the way down to $17."

And, jasmere.com doesn't believe in serving up leftovers.

"We don't just talk to retailers who have a warehouse full of stuff they couldn't sell. These are their best products, they wanna put their best foot forward."

Laura Bradford Godfrey sure does. Maybe you've seen her handbags carried by Desperate Housewives and featured in Real Simple magazine.

They normally retail for $155, but for 24 hours on jasmere.com, they will start at just $39.

The Roanoke-based designer and small business owner welcomes her chance to get some national exposure.

"They (jasmere.com) can reach out to so many thousand people and tell people where to find us, it's been really amazing."

You can even get alerts for products like these once a day. Then, in 24 hours, just like that it's gone.

"Everybody save, everybody wins," says Kugel.

And, speaking of saving, Kugel says if someone purchased each of their items in just the one month they've been in business, they would have saved over $1,000.

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