For years AppSumo has been the go-to platform to buy lifetime deals on early stage SaaS companies by a lot of users. They created a Groupon for software and created a market of highly engaged buyers who enjoyed lifetime access to the promoted software for a one-off price.

SaaS founders who were on a low recurring revenue and needed a quick revenue boost found AppSumo super helpful. The deals that AppSumo listed drove a lot of excitement among their customers.

But a lot of things changed in the last few years.

Due to the rising competition in the lifetime deal space, AppSumo’s sales were affected. Their response to this was they wanted to be the only platform where SaaS founders launched deals. So they started saying YES to every founder that wanted to launch with them. This diluted their vetting which used to be their core expertise.

This led to buyers having a sour experience more often on their purchases because AppSumo launched everything they got. It turned itself into a Walmart of software deals.

At any given point almost a thousand deals are active and listed on AppSumo. Founders who have created a SaaS out of a CodeCanyon script are listed on the platform.

And that’s why somewhere in the transition AppSumo lost its soul. That’s why we felt it’s important to list some alternatives to AppSumo that people can check out.

Some of the AppSumo alternatives are:



(We mention the hidden gems ? on top of our list, to give them more exposure, over the already popular ones)


Prime Club

Prime Club is a platform that specializes in launching established SaaS companies with developed MRR. The community has the highest success rate on their lifetime deals. The community has launched deals like BigMarker, Landbot, Crello, Integrately etc.


Pros

✔️ Strict rules for members that keeps the culture of the group respectful

✔️ Vetted Deals

✔️ High level of transparency

✔️ Good engagement 


Cons

❌ Doesn’t launch very often


Best known for

Prime is most famous for launching a lifetime deal on Spyfu


Stacksocial

The oldest competitor of AppSumo is StackSocial. Whilst Stacksocial predominantly offers deals on electronic products and branded goods/services, it also has a dedicated section for digital products and services. Stacksocial also offers regular giveaways and freebies, and it offers discounts and lifetime deals for software products and services. Stacksocial also has many robust tools for skill-sharing. 


Pros

✔️ Robust affiliate marketing program

✔️ The lifetime deals on StackSocial are really cheap

✔️ They have great VPN and Anti-virus deals


Cons

❌ The founders generally don’t make good revenue with StackSocial

❌ They don’t seem to get involved with protection of deal terms


Best known for

Stacksocial is best known for deals on VPNs and Anti-virus solutions.


Pitchground

Pitchground probably has the most identical model to AppSumo. The platform aims at launching multiple SaaS companies and promoting them with ads and affiliates. Pitchground has grown really fast since their launch but is yet to be proven for their quality of deals. 


Pros

✔️ The deals stays for a longer period

✔️ Good opportunity for affiliates to make passive income

✔️ Has a Facebook group to be in sync with other members


Cons

❌ Buyers typically complain about their refund policies

❌ The vetting is almost like AppSumo


Best known for

Pitchground is best known their aggressive promotion through ads on Google and Facebook. Their deals are popular among the affiliates who go out of the way to promote PitchGround’s deals for the commissions.


SaaS Mantra

Saas Mantra is a platform created by one the most regular AppSumo customer who also happens to be a software enthusiast. The community has gained popularity for launching exclusive deals. Although it’s a credible platform their deals have either been really good or really bad. Deals like Hyperise have been really good but the platform has also launched deals like FunnelBake and LeadCart who have hurt their reputation.


Pros

✔️ Reliable founder

✔️ Community culture is respectful

✔️ Not bombarded with deals


Cons

❌ Unlucky/bad deal vetting

❌ Not aggressive with promotions


Best known for

SaaS Mantra is best known for understanding the tech of their launches.


SaaSWiz

SaaSWiz is an emerging platform that has gained some visibility recently due to their unique deals. The platform culture goes back to the old AppSumo model where they launch very few deals. But the deal quality is decent. They are backed by a Facebook community that has a good amount of engagement.


Pros

✔️ Conversations about all lifetime deals

✔️ 30 days refund policy 

✔️ Active Facebook group to engage and understand lifetime deals


Cons

❌ The purchase infrastructure is new

❌ The frequency of deals is low


Best known for

SaaSWiz is best known for launching few deals but the quality of the deals is yet to be proven.


The best AppSumo alternative

Our take? LTDF probably is the most reliable platform to buy lifetime deals if they improve the frequency. Pitchground is another great option as they have a good range of deals.