Groupon, Livingsocial and other such deals have sprouted all over the internet recently, taking over the ad space on a multitude of sites and inexplicably claiming your friends as their zombie-like adherents. But what’s the idea? Are these deals worth your time? And how do you use them?
The idea behind Groupon and such concepts is that you purchase a coupon for a deal that is briefly available to you.
You make a huge saving, and the company offering the deal basks in a similarly large amount of publicity. Then you enjoy your deal and pay for it via your coupon.
The hope is that you will be so pleased with the results of your Groupon – be it for a haircut, a night out or a weekend away with the missus – that you will continue frequenting the establishment your Groupon was for even when you have to pay full price, as the Groupon has allowed you to understand the greatness of the company in question for a very low price.
Groupons are not a scam, and they are certainly worth your time and money. Signing up for Groupon deals and similar organisations allows you to keep track, on a daily basis, of the deals available to you on that specific day which are relevant to your area.
The savings you stand to make are reasonably amazing to absolutely mind-blowing. A £12 in- and outside wash, wax and valet of your car was up for £4 the other day, offering a huge saving. Similarly, you can see yourself saving hundreds of pounds on weekends away, golfing lessons, dinner cruises, and similar experiences.
If you sign up with a website such as Groupon.co.uk or LivingSocial.com you can expect them to send you daily emails
with updates about the deal available that day. You can then choose whether or not you wish to take advantage of that deal and purchase your voucher right away.
It may seem tedious to comb through these emails every day in pursuit of something you might already need, and obviously there is the risk of impulse-buying something you don’t necessarily find yourself in need of. But if you take the time to figure out whether a deal suits you, you stand to save literally hundreds of pounds on a single deal.
So get over there and sign up now! The savings you’re missing out on could be enormous, and if you’re willing to keep an open mind you may even find yourself discovering new and exciting activities under the guidance of a Groupon voucher you hadn’t expected to buy!