I used – to love – group buying. There was a time when group buying was new! Fresh! Revolutionary to the way the consumer spent their hard earned dollars! For me, I think it was last summer? Now, I get 10 emails a day and even stuff by snail mail telling me about new group buying services that’re available. When did it change from the technique that’ll change the way to do commerce to the technique that everyone has to do better than the next guy?Like most others, I started with Groupon. I’d signed up after discovering it from a friend (or an article – or was it a tweet?), and it didn’t actually snare me in until a deal came up that was relevant to me. I was happy with my purchase and had a good time doing whatever it was that I was doing (dinner? Kayaking? Or perhaps it was the one I bought for paintball?)Now, you may not know this, but I work in IT. So when the Internet provides us with something new and flashy, we tend to talk about it. Soon after I’d shared my Groupon experience, I was being told about the TeamBuys, Dealiciouses and WebPiggys of the world (among many, many others). Heck, I even got one today from CentrSource and Canada Post — yes, the POST OFFICE — informing me of local deals of which I could partake.