Catch Of The Day boss Gabby Leibovich: Click Frenzy collapse was positive for the industry

Gabby Leibovich: “They didn’t have any great deals.”

Catch Of The Day founder Gabby Leibovich has said that rival online retail firm Click Frenzy “was not ready” for the volume of people who surged on to the site last night, causing it to crash.

Despite thousands of Australians missing out on the mega-sale – which offered up to 90% savings on products from 180 retailers – Leibovich said the collapse was “positive” for the retail industry, because it showed strong consumer demand.

He told Mumbrella: “First, I’d like to credit Click Frenzy for an amazing PR campaign. Everyone got behind it. But in the end the volumes of traffic were beyond their control. They just weren’t ready for it.”

Catch Of The Day sites, which include daily deals platform Scoopon, regularly crash, Leibovich said – “which is always positive”.

“We are coming up to our seventh Christmas and our sites have crashed many times in the past – and it keeps surprising us. But it means people have been talking about your deals and there’s strong demand – which is always positive.”

Leibovich added that Click Frenzy had failed on two counts yesterday. “Unfortunately, the service was not there. And frankly, they didn’t have any great deals,” he said.


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