How to block discount extensions such as Honey?

Jay_JUNKbrands
Shopify Partner
7 1 2

Hi all,

 

Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but has anyone figured out a way to block apps like Honey from automatically scraping and/or applying discounts? It's become a big problem for us recently, and I can't seem to find anything via Google about how one could block something like this.

 

Thanks!

 

Jay

Replies 72 (72)
DougieSilkstone
Shopify Partner
9 0 1

Hey! It's been a while but if anyone's looking for a solution here, https://getbenson.com/ just launched in Early Access, and it's free for September. 🍯🚫

getgrizzly
Visitor
3 0 0

Hello there! Curious if you have found a solution yet. I am beta testing a solution that will block coupon extensions for ALL Shopify merchants (not just PLUS stores). If you want a free demo email me at jonas@getgrizzly.io

jordanatveeper
Shopify Partner
19 0 0

Hey @tammyengage , have you solved this issue for your store?

We've actually built an app that stops Honey and other coupon extensions/sites from working and sharing your VIP codes.

https://apps.shopify.com/veeper-app
https://www.veeper.com/

Coupon Blocker™: Blocks auto-applying coupon extensions at your checkout.
Campaign Links™ + Scripts: Replace your coupon codes and inject offers into your pricing. No coupon codes = No leaks.
Smart Discounts™: Apply the smallest discount that gets each customer to convert - boosting AOV by net 14%.

Let me know if you'd like some more info!

emccaleb
Tourist
3 0 1

I would LOVE that! 

 

scott_slinker
Shopify Partner
5 0 0
Hi, we financially guarantee to block discount code browser extensions in
Creator and Influencer campaigns. Would you like to learn how to get
started?
getgrizzly
Visitor
3 0 0

Hello there! Curious if you have found a solution that meets your needs. I am beta testing a solution that will block coupon extensions for ALL Shopify merchants (not just PLUS stores). If you want a free demo, email me at jonas@getgrizzly.io

DillonH
Shopify Partner
9 0 0

Hey - not sure if you found a solution to this yet or not, but we just launched KeepCart.co - we're adding a few more stores to use it for free if you're interested. 


Best of luck with your store.

jordanatveeper
Shopify Partner
19 0 0

Hey @emccaleb , have you solved this issue for your store?

We've actually built an app that stops Honey and other coupon extensions/sites from working and sharing your VIP codes.

https://apps.shopify.com/veeper-app
https://www.veeper.com/

Coupon Blocker™: Blocks auto-applying coupon extensions at your checkout.
Campaign Links™ + Scripts: Replace your coupon codes and inject offers into your pricing. No coupon codes = No leaks.
Smart Discounts™: Apply the smallest discount that gets each customer to convert - boosting AOV by net 14%.

Let me know if you'd like some more info!

PaulNewton
Shopify Partner
6338 578 1343

Unfortunately there's no oneshot fix for this, while it would be nice to hope such services would be required to only use sites that have opted in not likely going to ever happen.

Since opt-in only is anathema to such business models, practically there are way too many companies that benefit from tools such as honey, or similar such as ad-blockers.

 

A better tactic may be getting them to provide a clear way for you to clearly indicate which coupons are allowed for sharing.

Similar to how for SEO google et al respect the robots.txt file.

 

Also really make sure you cannot turn this to your advantage such as setting up automation to not-fulfill such orders, informing them with the proper messaging and getting these prospect to to take an action that's beneficial to you(such as tweeting) , etc.

Such as leaning into it , similar to what @TrueGrit did, such as making positive messaging(twitter hashtags, heyhoneyfindusonfbforbiggerdeals,etc) , or making ridiculously bad discounts to make needles in haystacks( $0.01 off $1000 order,etc)

 

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cleanmatt
New Member
8 0 0

We have a solution that I think might interest you - send me an email to matt@clean.io or hit us at www.blockdiscountextensions.com

cleanmatt
New Member
8 0 0

My bad folks - I inadvertently put the wrong link in here.  The correct one is:

http://www.blockcouponextensions.com/

Or, just send me an email @ matt@clean.io and we will be happy to help you save revenue, improve your margins, and get control of your user experience on your website.

 

megalag
Visitor
2 0 2

Hi guys!

 

I am currently working on an investigation into browser extensions which exploit affiliate attribution and damage margins for small ecommerce owners. If you're interested in sharing your story, I would love to hear from you!

 

Please private message me here so we can talk via email. I have a large audience, and plan to make a lot of noise on this issue.

Thanks

DougieSilkstone
Shopify Partner
9 0 1

Hey @megalag - Wanna chat about this still? Hit us up at doug@getgerald.com

JAYTAY
Tourist
9 0 12

Has anyone figured out how to do this without the apps robbing the bank. $300 a month....ouch. 

DougieSilkstone
Shopify Partner
9 0 1
getgerald.com starts at 30usd a month 💪
getgrizzly
Visitor
3 0 0

Hello there! Curious if you have found a solution that meets your needs. I am beta testing a solution that will block coupon extensions for ALL Shopify merchants (not just PLUS stores). If you want a free demo email me at jonas@getgrizzly.io

jordanatveeper
Shopify Partner
19 0 0

Hey @JAYTAY  have you solved this issue for your store?

We've actually built an app that stops Honey and other coupon extensions/sites from working. We also start at $59/month and are the only app that still works!

https://apps.shopify.com/veeper-app
https://www.veeper.com/

Coupon Blocker™: Blocks auto-applying coupon extensions at your checkout.
Campaign Links™ + Scripts: Replace your coupon codes and inject offers into your pricing. No coupon codes = No leaks.
Smart Discounts™: Apply the smallest discount that gets each customer to convert - boosting AOV by net 14%.

Let me know if you'd like some more info!

BULeggings
Visitor
2 0 0
Yes please! Just signed up.
DillonH
Shopify Partner
9 0 0

Hey BULeggings - not sure if you found the right solution yet or not, but we just launched KeepCart.co - we're adding a few more stores to use it for free if you're interested. 


Best of luck with your store.

dennish
Shopify Partner
4 0 0

We ended up building a shopify app for blocking honey, capital one shopping, retial me not and other discount code extensions. https://apps.shopify.com/vigilance 


Coupon code leak email alerts are also a feature of the Vigilance app.

dennish
Shopify Partner
4 0 0

We handle blocking honey, tagging orders with injections and provide email alerts on when/where your coupon code leaks.  

https://apps.shopify.com/vigilance

jordanatveeper
Shopify Partner
19 0 0

Hey @Jay_JUNKbrands, have you solved this issue for your store?

We've actually built an app to stop Honey and other coupon extensions from working.

https://apps.shopify.com/veeper-app

Coupon Blocker™: Blocks auto-applying coupon extensions at your checkout.
Campaign Links™ + Scripts: Replace your coupon codes and inject offers into your pricing. No coupon codes = No leaks.
Smart Discounts™: Apply the smallest discount that gets each customer to convert - boosting AOV by net 14%.

Let me know if you'd like some more info!

InitCommerce
Shopify Partner
2 0 0

Hi,

 

I have spent a lot of time (an embarrassing amount of time) thinking about discounts and discount extensions, and how to solve the issues stores commonly face against coupon leakers that likely brought you here in the first place. Like many others here, I too have an app designed to help with this. 

 

As you can tell - this thread is now 4.5 years old and still getting responses.  Why? I'd say this is because this is an incredibly "hairy" problem and difficult to solve.

Free tip: Honey can be dealt with pretty much instantly by emailing them at partners@joinhoney.com. Just make sure to email them from an email address that uses your store's domain. They will try to get you to give them an exclusive code like "Honey15". This might be useful for measuring the percentage of your audience that uses the Honey extension - though the code often spreads to other (but not all) discount extensions as well, making the data hard to understand. If you persist - they will delist your store completely from Honey.

Other extensions tend to be trickier.