I’ve decided to continue featuring Groupon deals thanks to all your feedback on the daily deal site. I realized that for every one of you who has used Groupon, like Punam, who is buying Groupon deals for a trip to Chicago,Toronto, and Vegas, there are many more who don’t get it. The always-shrewd Diane says:
Not knowing anything about Groupons, I was surprised to see so much enthusiasm. To get an idea of what a Groupon is, I looked at the one in Los Angeles. Question: When a site tells the “value” of its offer, how do you know that really is the value without shopping around? Like anything for sale anywhere, they can say whatever they want about something’s worth.
Great question Diane! I like that you get to the heart of the matter – is the deal a good value? Here’s how I evaluate a Groupon. If the deal is a credit (like this discount on organic food, I check out prices on the seller’s website. Are these prices a good value to me? If the Groupon is for a specific service, (like a hair or skin treatment) I would check how much this package normally goes for on the seller’s website and compare the cost of the service at another salon of similar quality.
Is there some way to look at the ones that are online deals. I find them at different cities but I end up with lots of emails for different cities. I would like to just see the online deals. thanks for your help
I don’t know of a way to only get the national deals, which is what I assume you mean when you say “online deals.” All Groupons are purchased online, but some are redeemed in store and others are redeemed online, making them nationally usable. I’ve asked Groupon about this and they seem to prefer releasing national deals through their local sites. You can always comment on the Groupon feelings board.
Susie. A asks:
I like Groupon too, but the only problem I have with it is they dont take Paypal, as other sites do not either, so I do not frequent them.
Groupon currently only accepts credit cards, not Paypal. I agree with you Susie, it would be a nice option to have!
I see their ads all over the place”¦and others talking about them”¦I don’t use them”¦I can’t remeber why I put them on the DO NOT USE list”¦I would have to go back and read their terms and policy”¦I have friends who do”¦so keep them”¦I know the reason has something do with their way the terms are written
To each their own, William. but I can say from experience that Groupon is very often a great deal and the vouchers are easy to use. The terms are spelled out clearly before you buy. The expiration dates are usually at least three months out, and the site encrypts your credit card info when you make a purchase. Got more questions? Read the Groupon FAQ page. Or watch this video on my secrets to taking advantage of Groupon.