Shameless plug: Westword's Toke Daily Deals brings discounts on doja

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Question: Do you like paying less than retail for medical cannabis and cannabis-related merchandise? Yes? Well, hawdilly! You're just the person Westword is hoping will sign up for our new Groupon-esque Toke Daily Deal e-mails.

If you said "no," then la-tee-da. It must be nice to be in the 1 percent.

Yes, the folks in our advertising department have decided to join the wave of the future and throw our hat in with the other daily e-mail deals already out there. And while the idea is wholly unoriginal, these things can prove to be beneficial now and then for us penny-pinching patients.

Here's the skinny:


  • E-mails go out twice a week, each one with a new deal.

  • The deals are valid for two to three days and can't be used until day after purchase

  • Deals range from 50 percent to 90 percent off retail.

  • Free to sign up for and no red-card required

  • The Toke Daily Deal will not only offer discounts on medical marijuana, but also head shops, grow stores and occasionally cannabis-friendly restaurants.

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I want to make it clear here that I'm not shilling for any of the advertisers here, merely telling you where you may or may not find a worthwhile cannabis-related deals here at Westword. I have made a point to never pay much attention to the MMJ advertising in our paper anyway, as the dispensaries that received less-than-favorable reviews and have since pulled their ads can tell you. I'm like the honey badger: I don't give a shit.

That said, I can appreciate a good deal when I see one. that's why I'm subscribed to no less than two other medical marijuana daily deal sites. Like a Ganja Sy Sperling, I'm not only the Westword medical marijuana critic; I'm an actual medical marijuana consumer, too. If the offer on Toke Daily Deals is worthwhile, I'll take it. If not, I won't. Pretty simple.

You can sign up for the Toke Daily Deals by clicking here. (Or not -- because, as I may have mentioned, Honey Badger don't give a shit.)

More from our Marijuana archives: "Medical marijuana: Health department registry stats show 5 percent decline in red cards"; "Bank of Denver to close all medical marijuana accounts: Cherry Top Farms bust a factor?"


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16 comments
Kermugeon
Kermugeon

Sounds like the mmcs' just care about money, while disabled people suffer, what happened to patients first? The reason the patient use any discount coupon is because good quality medicine is priced way above their medicine budget, as far as I'm concerned the feds can close the mmcs', then we can get back to the patients & not the state, or money grubbing mmc owners, you have ruined what the people wanted in the first place. Good riddance.

Cedrick
Cedrick

Damn... Village Voice Media has their hands in everything from Prostitution to Daily Deals on Medical Marijuana and their classifieds site still can't perform as well as Craigslist. 

Good idea, but I don't think tokedailydeals is going to perform well at all.  The reason why is because MMJ Kush already offers daily deals and the companies don't have to share in the revenues so it's basically FREE!  You don't have to pay to get the coupon either so you pay when you redeem the coupon which means that the company offering the deal gets their money up front. 

MMJ Daily Deals.com was the first in the Denver Metro area, but couldn't seem to figure out that by offering deals for free would have meant that everyone after them would have to do the same if they want to try to compete.  Now mmjdailydeals can't even offer deals from their site anymore when they supposedly have over 15,000 subscribers.

For all of you who don't seem to understand just look at the alexa rankings of each site and it becomes easier to tell who is going to win this battle.

Snow is falling!
Snow is falling!

As an owner of an MMC, it's nice to see the opinions of representatives from 3 other well respected MMCs commenting on this post. We have yet to do a daily deal and go back and forth as to whether or not SWAC's opinion would prove to be true. I tend to agree with Verde (Ian) and Natty Rems (Ry).

How many true cannasseurs (aside from Billy boy here) really take advantage of daily deals? I know I have yet to use a single one. I might just take you up on yours!

If you're looking for a killer daily deal, I'm guessing you wouldn't appreciate the quality of the medicine that we put out. I've shopped at Natty Rems and although I don't speak for Andrew/Ry/G etc., I have to think the the crew over there would feel the same way about their meds, too.

Sidebar:SWAC, do you shop at other shops because you like their meds? Ian, do you? I've seen Ry in mine, so I know he does. Don't read into the question too much. No ulterior motives in getting you to answer. Just wondering if you do and if so, where do you like to go?  Anywhere where you have seen a daily deal in the past?

Southwest Alternative Care
Southwest Alternative Care

"SWAC, do you shop at other shops because you like their meds?"

I encourage our employees to shop around, both to benchmark best practices and frankly as a litmus test to see how we stack up. From what I can tell, they don't do it all that often ( I figure, if one's employees spend most of their dollars at centers other than one's own that's a bad thing). I don't pay too much attention to other daily deals because honestly I assume they are low quality which is an arena we don't really try to compete in. 

Snow is falling!
Snow is falling!

Ry and SWAC, I appreciate your responses!

Oh, and Westword....I am thrilled that you have such an open view of MMJ in Colorado. You certainly seem to be the authority in local media when it comes to MMJ issues.

You definitely know how to profit off the movement, too. I don't blame you one bit for making a buck but I'm disappointed. REALLY disappointed to see you blatantly rip off one of Denver's hardest working and well-known smokers.  Paul "Tokin Daily" should receive royalties for any deals you do. He's had his Tokin' Daily show for 2+ years. You're creative at Westword. Why rip off his name to promote yourselves?

Ry Prichard
Ry Prichard

I really think if you're already a center with a name and high-quality meds, something like this will just cause you to sell your product at far too cheap a price while mostly attracting patients who are bargain shoppers only.  Speaking as an MMC employee, those aren't really the customers you want to attract, because it's near-impossible to 'upsell' them on a higher-quality product or something that's new to them.  Providing quality medicine to low-income patients is of course something important to myself personally and it's great when MMCs are able to offer something of quality for shake-like prices, but in my experience, the true budget shoppers literally do not care about quality and will go wherever is cheapest (unfortunately).

I don't do a ton of shopping at MMCs these days, but unless I knew the center participating is a quality center like SWAC beforehand, I (as someone who cares more about quality than price yet normally can find both) would be very unlikely to participate in these deals.  I'm far more likely to try a new restaurant with Groupon/LivingSocial than I am to try a new center with an MMJ daily deal, just because I'm so much pickier about MMJ than food in general, in part because there's so much other important information missing from 90% of MMC websites and the deals themselves. That skepticism is especially present if they're doing a deal on a specific strain only... those just make me NERVOUS knowing what goes on at many MMCs and gardens around the state.

Best of luck to anyone participating in these, hope it gets you some new faces in the door and that you can keep them.  I just wouldn't hold out much hope for the return business aspect, just based on my experience.

One other consideration is that there is a rule against selling medicine below cost... I'd be careful that's not happening with these deals.  "Cost" is quite the variable in this industry, where some grows have 25 lights producing 1 oz. per plant with a tiny staff, and others are 150 lights producing 4 oz. per plant with an army of employees, but some of the deals I've seen probably would not pass that test...

Southwest Alternative Care
Southwest Alternative Care

"One other consideration is that there is a rule against selling medicine below cost... I'd be careful that's not happening with these deals.  "Cost" is quite the variable in this industry, where some grows have 25 lights producing 1 oz. per plant with a tiny staff, and others are 150 lights producing 4 oz. per plant with an army of employees, but some of the deals I've seen probably would not pass that test..."

Yeah we considered this when doing the deal as well. Such a stupid rule (we still follow it). In virtually all retail industries there are products that end up being sold below cost for one reason or another (excess, low grade meds, degradation over time, etc). I understand and appreciate the desire to not price gouge but this seems like a waste of time. Also how do you calculate cost? Entire MBA classes are taught on cost accounting. Good luck MMED

Southwest Alternative Care
Southwest Alternative Care

Ian & Ry, you make great points. But not every daily deal exists to move old, bottom of the shelf meds.

We'll be participating with a 1g water extracted hash and 1g flower deal (for $15) in the very near future. We see daily deals as a way to introduce new patients to the quality they can find at Southwest. I guarantee the medicine in our deal will be top of the line. We won't make much on the deal but hopefully we'll just keep spreading the word about what we're doing here.And I agree, Westword is about as late as they can get. 

Joe Darsee
Joe Darsee

more mmj spam in my email lol i dont think so , this is just a rip off of every other mmj deals website and auto-mail device, plus this is  a total rip off of my man tokin Daily, check him out on youtube, been doing mmj a lot longer than westword lol, way to be way behind on this westword, real classy guys

Ian Williams
Ian Williams

Bah! Pfhhh...

Great, so now all the stuff in town will be mass produced so it can compete with the bottom of the drying rack prices that have occurred since the 70:30 sent all the pro-grade farmers running for Michigan and ignited a price war between the over-saturated survivors, leaving us with the number-crunching industrialists that treat it like field tobacco rather than a fine wine. 

I can't say I'm surprised, it's not common to be educated on the fine art of Cannabis, but Will, tell me it isn't so!

Nothin' against the Westweed folks for this, I saw it coming too, and business is business is always the bottom line, but damn...not a good omen for the Cannaisseur in the Mile High City.

More cheap, prechopped, quick cured, machine gnarled, yield-based genetic muck that keeps makin' everywhere I go smell like a mini forest fire.

Sad. I wanted Denver to be the Napa Valley of Cannabis, not the Tijuana of Midees and P.K.

We will spend the extra dollar on a good microbrew, but we can't even spend less than NORMAL prices on a fine harvest of choice herb?

Ah well, ya get what ya pay for. Make sure to check for mildew, the farmers probably didn't have time. 

Ry Prichard
Ry Prichard

Meh, daily deals have been happening all over the industry since Kushcon last year, Westword is just uber-late to the party.  I don't think this is a harbinger of any kind, just another ad company thinking that they can jump on the Groupon train and make a few extra bucks.  The centers that participate are generally newer ones looking to make a splash and sign a few extra patients (assuming they come in and the shop isn't total garbage) while moving product quickly.  

Some grows are SO rocking that they literally can't sell enough weed in their storefront and have to go to these type of bargain bin deals to clear out inventory of a strain they have too much of, make sure they're under their patient count limits, etc.

Shit weed for low prices will always be out there -- and those bad shops won't gain any traction or business by participating in these types of things really, because they already get all the price vultures and are just giving it away cheaper, at even smaller margins.  The shops that will benefit are ones that actually have something of quality and just don't have great advertising/web presence... if you get 50 people into your center but have shit meds and none come back, then you're just left paying Westword for the deal/promotion and giving your meds away at cost...  If you're actually decent, then theoretically a few of those people will come back and pay full price.

Like real Groupon, I haven't heard that these have been altogether positive for businesses -- most just get cleaned out on product and then never see the customers again because those customers are participating in another Groupon-like deal at another center across town... price vultures will always remain price vultures and will not show loyalty except to shops in their immediate vicinity who meet their cheapness guidelines.

William Breathes
William Breathes

I can tell you it isn't so, but then I'd be lying to you.

fwiw, I was told the deals would also be at local head shops. If you roll like I do, then discounts on papers now and then isn't that bad...

thanks for commenting Ian. I appreciate your thoughts.

Ian Williams
Ian Williams

" I'm like the honey badger: I don't give a shit." Cheers to that.

David Howell
David Howell

change you name this is gay the name is already in use!!! so bugger off it All About Music Artist Mng!!!

SeanStewart
SeanStewart

WOW.....

I guess this is pretty legal that it is taken into deals and discounts....But for those who would like to sign up, check first details :)

Maybe i belong to those who know a little about medical Marijuana..But i think that this is an interesting one so i think this should also be included at daily deals at Crumblrr.com!!

http://www.crumblrr.com/

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