Watch Out For Groupons With “Reservation Required”

Watch Out For Groupons With “Reservation Required”

Reader Aaron is annoyed at Groupon. He bought a voucher for a local restaurant: a sushi place, to be exact, but the type of business doesn’t matter all that much. What does matter is that he paid for a voucher, which required that he make a reservation at the restaurant through Groupon’s app. This wouldn’t be a problem if he could get a reservation. [More]

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Groupon’s “Salebration” Leads To Confused, Voucherless Customers

Groupon is running a shady deal, readers told us. They recently sent a 20% off coupon code to customers, promising 20% off a local deal. Neat. Jenny nabbed three $12 vouchers for a local store, spending only $18. Yet her 20% coupon only got her a discount of $1.20. She was disappointed that it was only taking ten percent off, and complained to Groupon and to us. The deal, it turns out, wasn’t shady at all. [More]

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Groupon Self-Service Lets Companies Design Their Own Deals

If you could design an entire daily deal campaign for your company without talking to any pesky salespeople, would you? Most people prefer to minimize the number of pesky salespeople in their lives, which is why Groupon’s new self-service deal tool might be a great idea for even small businesses than the ones that Groupon usually works with. [More]

Groupon Waits Until Now To Admit It’s Not Shipping Nexus 7 Purchased On Black Friday

Groupon Waits Until Now To Admit It’s Not Shipping Nexus 7 Purchased On Black Friday

Hey, remember that debacle in 2011 when Best Buy waited until a few days before Christmas to cancel many orders placed during the Black Friday frenzy? Groupon doesn’t. They offered a great deal on a Nexus 7 tablet through their Groupon Goods site on Black Friday, and kept promising that it would be on customers’ doorsteps by Christmas. Then they canceled the orders. [More]

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What Are America’s Most Damaged Brands Right Now?

How mighty brands fall. Bad leadership, bad planning, a run of bad products: any of these can damage a brand in a short amount of time, and it can take years to recover: if, indeed, the brand recovers at all. What brands are the most battered in the United States right now? 24/7 Wall Street rounded them up, based on which publicly-traded major companies are currently dealing with aggressive competition, reputation disasters, and a lack of direction. [More]

Bank Of America To Do A Really Bad Job Of Offering Online Deals

Bank Of America To Do A Really Bad Job Of Offering Online Deals

Because between the existing glut of daily deals websites is apparently not sufficient, and because we aren’t already inundated with complaints about Bank of America, the nation’s second-largest but most-reviled financial institution has decided to branch out into the online deals business with BankAmeriDeals. [More]

Bakery: We Lost At Least $19,500 In Groupon Deal

Bakery: We Lost At Least $19,500 In Groupon Deal

The biggest complaint from businesses that were unhappy with their Groupon experience is that too many people take advantage of the discount without spending money on anything that would make the company a profit. And while we’ve heard about some pretty bad cases, this story of a UK bakery’s experience with Groupon really takes the cake. [More]

Groupon Gets Into Real Estate Deals

Groupon Gets Into Real Estate Deals

In a move that some will say is an example of the flexibility of the Groupon model, and that others will point to as a shark-jumping moment, the online deals site has partnered with a Chicago-area real estate firm for its first ever venture into the home-buying market. [More]

Groupon Gets Into The Movie Ticket Business

Groupon Gets Into The Movie Ticket Business

With Facebook getting into the movie rental business and Netflix deciding it should start producing TV shows, Groupon has decided to get into the entertainment biz too, offering its first deal on movie tickets for a new theatrical release. [More]

Groupon Sued Over Expiration Date Issues

Groupon Sued Over Expiration Date Issues

Online coupon site Groupon.com now finds itself the subject of a lawsuit claiming the expiration dates on its deals violate existing gift card laws regarding expiration dates. [More]

Groupon & FTD Offer Refund For Controversial Valentine's Day Deal

Groupon & FTD Offer Refund For Controversial Valentine's Day Deal

Amid allegations that FTD jacked up the price on flowers being sold through a Groupon promotion, both companies are offering a refund to peeved customers. [More]

Conan O'Brien Presents Newest Groupon Ad

Conan O'Brien Presents Newest Groupon Ad

Apparently, not all of Groupon’s controversial ads were shown during the Super Bowl. Conan O’Brien unearthed an ad for the site you may have missed. [More]