Jerry Thompson has been writing for Lake Country Echo since we first began. We decided to reprint this article since many of you will be shopping online while this COVID-19 crisis runs its course. This was originally published in our September, 2018 edition,
Robert Delena spoke with me one day and asked what I knew about Honey. My response was “Huh?” I had never heard about Honey, and as he spoke, I rapidly became more and more skeptical.
It sounded like a coupon app and, at least the ones I tried out, had suspected spyware embedded in them or their coupons were not accepted anywhere.
I searched for and found the joinhoney.com website, and it had minimal upfront information. Another red flag in my book. But I kept digging.
Then I discovered the privacy agreement. I thought “This will be revealing.” (Picture me snickering and wringing my hands.) I found it written in English I could understand. I read nearly the entire statement.
The first section is a letter from the founders, and it states, “We do not sell personal information about anyone who uses our services. Ever. That wouldn’t be fair.”
It also told me that Honey will collect information on products you are looking at, codes you enter and the websites you visit. It will not record any information regarding usernames, passwords or financial in any way. They have more than 8 million members and a thriving community.
Ryan Hudson (co-founder) was out buying pizza with his family in 2012. Money was tight and wished he had an easy way to find a coupon for it. Frustrated, he thought someone should do something about this. He realized he could be that someone. He partnered with George Ruan and Honey was born.
Snopes.com says they are a legitimate entity and not a scam.
How it works
If you want to check out Honey for yourself, then go to joinhoney.com and sign up. Install the extension into your favorite browser(s) (I did it for FireFox and Chrome). You will need to log into the extension. Then when you’re shopping online, you add items to your cart. When you are ready to check out click the coupon box or the orange “h” near your address bar of the browser. Honey will appear and offer to try the coupon codes it found and checks them all for you.
I used it on wish.com. Honey found 11 coupons and tried them all for me. It worked just like it said it would, however, in my case, it did not apply a code that would save me money.
The limitations are that it will not always find a code that will save you money.
Honey does not work with every website. The software works well on major sites like Amazon and Target, but not all.
The app does not run on mobile devices. You need to use a desktop computer. They are working on a mobile version, but as of this writing, it has not been released.
In conclusion, I’m a fan. I do the majority of my online shopping on my windows based laptop. In my test, it performed as advertised.
I look forward to saving a few bucks during my next online shopping trip.