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Winklevoss-Backed Shopping Tool Hukkster Shuts Down

Hukkster co-founders Katie Finnegan and Erica Bell sent an email to users today saying that they hope their story "inspires all of you to challenge the status quo."
From left: Hukkster co-founders Katie Finnegan and Erica Bell
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Hukkster, the online tool that alerted shoppers when items went on sale, has shut down.

Co-founders Katie Finnegan and Erica Bell sent an email to users on Friday announcing the closure and thanking their customers "for shopping with Hukkster over the years and supporting us in our mission to save you time and money on the brands you love."

The email includes a link where users can request links to the products they saved at Hukkster with the promise to "do our best to get you this in a timely manner."

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The Hukkster website has been replaced by a landing page telling users that after 27 months, 822 days and more than 1 million hours worked, "it's time for a nap."

The website also shared a few facts about the Hukkster business: It worked with 315 retail partners (including Nordstrom, J. Crew and Bloomingdale's), had 300,000 "happy shoppers," sent more than 887,000 sale alert emails and saved customers more than $39 million.

Finnegan and Bell founded Hukkster in 2012 and were backed early on by Winklevoss Capital, the investment vehicle for the Winklevoss twins, better known for their lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg over the founding of Facebook.

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"We started Hukkster with nothing more than an idea and had the opportunity to build our dream team and make our vision a reality," the duo wrote in their email to Hukkster customers. "While we're sad to say goodbye, we hope our story inspires all of you to challenge the status quo."

Hukkster and Winklevoss Capital did not respond to a request for comment.

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