Sciddy.com is an application for adults aged 50 years or older to find businesses that offer discounts on food, entertainment, services, travel, and more to seniors in cities across the US.Show more screenshots »
Sciddy was launched by Dirxion LLC, a digital publishing company, in April 2011. There is no available information on site traffic at this time. It is currently in beta testing.
Rather than purchasing discounts like Groupon, Sciddy is dedicated to finding businesses that offer discounts to seniors in their neighborhoods. The site is quite new, so there are not too many discounts listed yet. They are asking users to report discounts to them as well as asking businesses to add their deals for seniors to Sciddy.
During testing, some categories showed no discounts available. Those that did show discounts simply indicated, for example, “Senior Plan”, and a link to the general website. Others said “Discount Available”, with no details and only the general link. Tim Hortons, for example, says “10% off”. It does not indicate whether this is off of an entire order, a cup of coffee, or anything else. The link to the site doesn’t clear up the confusion. It would be helpful if the discount “description” was linked to an explanation of the actual discount.
There is also no information on redeeming a discount. There is a notation of the age one must be to utilize the discount – Tim Hortons says 50+ - but there is no printable coupon or indication of what to do with this 10% off information. Seniors may struggle with this.
Some businesses indicate that those over a certain age may be eligible for a discount, but it “Varies by Location”. Another confusing offer from Wendy’s states: Must be 55+ to receive a 10% discount on your order or special drink pricing, depending on the location. McDonald’s says that the discount varies by state as does the age requirement and that MOST stores participate.
It appears that the responsibility for finding out if any of these ill-defined discounts actually exist falls on the seniors. Apparently, they must ask at the store, salon, theater, restaurant, or auto shop if they offer a senior discount and then provide proof of age for those that have a specific limit on it.
For the purposes of this review, a senior was asked to look at the site. She was given basic instructions and then asked her thoughts about it. She stated that she couldn’t figure out how to “print out the coupons” or find some of the stores she frequents. She wondered if she would have to show her ID “like being proofed” to get 10% off of her cup of coffee and whether it was “worth the hassle”. She liked the idea of knowing of places that offered senior discounts, but was uneasy with having to come out and ask in every establishment whether they have a discount or details of how it works. She says that it is tough enough being a senior without embarrassing herself. She would prefer a printable coupon for a more “discreet discount” for the places that were not specific in their offerings.
In addition to those concerns, she wondered if all of the staff at the business would know what she was talking about – especially those with discounts that vary between locations. And really, the bottom line is that many seniors are simply not tech-savvy.
No registration is necessary to use Sciddy. All that is necessary is the type of item and location, as well as the distance the user is willing to travel.
Sciddy is free to use.
Based on this review and the input of a senior, unless the 50+ person is willing to ask about specifics at each business, Sciddy is of little use. In fact, since they have to ask anyway, why would they need to consult Sciddy in the first place? Many places offer senior discounts. Sciddy may not be the best way to find and use them.