Social Gifting App Bills Itself As The Anti-Groupon To Gain Fans

Social Gifting App Bills Itself As The Anti-Groupon To Gain Fans

In an attempt to harness the backlash against daily deal sites like Groupon, new so-called “social gifting” companies are trying to garner fans with a different kind of mobile merchandising. Instead of giving yourself the gift of a deal, apps like Wrapp allow users to give e-gift cards to popular retailers. [More]

Groupon One-Ups Young Earth Creationism, Claims Earth Is 400 Years Old

Groupon One-Ups Young Earth Creationism, Claims Earth Is 400 Years Old

“Groupon is bad at math!” the subject line of Amber’s e-mail to Consumerist proclaimed. I expected to see a poorly-calculated coupon discount or something else related to actual deals. But the error is even weirder than that. Groupon’s Earth Day deals page trumpets that the company is celebrating the planet’s 400th birthday. They offer no explanation for where this number came from, or why it’s missing approximately seven zeroes. [More]

Should Restaurants Be Able To Restrict Diners To Pricier Groupon Menu?

Should Restaurants Be Able To Restrict Diners To Pricier Groupon Menu?

Getting a great deal using online deal sites that issue vouchers for local businesses can be pretty sweet. But by now, many customers are finding out that there are plenty of trials and tribulations involved when it comes to redeeming deal vouchers, as businesses scramble to keep up with the onslaught coupons. [More]

Would You Pay $12,500 To Visit The Wreckage Of The Titanic With A Groupon?

Would You Pay $12,500 To Visit The Wreckage Of The Titanic With A Groupon?

We thought Celine Dion put the nail in the coffin so far as the cheapening of a historical event with “My Heart Will Go On,” but this new offering from Groupon goes to show that we’re not done profiting from the tragedy of the Titanic. For just $12,500, you can visit the final underwater resting place of the Titanic’s wreckage. [More]

Glut Of Online Coupon Companies Leading To Confusion For Consumers & Merchants

Our inboxes fill up every day with press releases announcing some new online coupon site that claims to “out-Groupon Groupon” or some such nonsensical boast. But with all these new businesses jumping on the bandwagon, it’s both consumers and merchants that are paying the price. [More]

Groupon Trying To Figure Out If Anyone Wants To Pay Them To Be Called A VIP

Customers who use Groupon for free to grab vouchers for special daily deals know that once that deal is expired, it’s gone for good. But if you could pay a fee to have access to closed or sold out deals, and buy in to other deals sooner than everyone else, would you? That’s what Groupon is trying to figure out with a new trial VIP program. [More]

Groupon Figures It's Not Important To Use A Photographer's Actual Pictures To Advertise Photo Deal

What started as casual curiosity about a Groupon deal for a photographer in the Dallas area offering boudoir photo sessions turned into a full-fledged fight when a group of photographers realized the company had stolen an image from one of them. Because of course, don’t you want to see an example of a product that you won’t actually get if you buy the deal? [More]

Customers Pitch In To Save Business Almost Ruined By Ill-Advised Groupon Deal

Customers Pitch In To Save Business Almost Ruined By Ill-Advised Groupon Deal

Since Groupon launched, we’ve written a handful of stories about businesses — like the bakery that claimed $19,500 in losses and the cafe owner who called it the “single worst decision” she’d ever made — that said they took on huge amounts of red ink when they were overwhelmed by bargain-hunting shoppers who only wanted the discount. Well, here’s a story that’s slightly different, in that the shop’s regular customers have come to the rescue to save the sinking business. [More]

Groupon Wants You To Like Clicky, Its Creepy Deal Wheel With A Sad Face

Groupon Wants You To Like Clicky, Its Creepy Deal Wheel With A Sad Face

Groupon is hoping you’ll stare deep into the wet brown eyes of its new deal wheel, Clicky, the Clickable Value-Wheel. And as your reward for gazing upon Clicky’s sad mouth, Groupon will let you buy a deal they featured in the past for a discount. [More]

Groupon Decides It's Best Not To Inflict Terrible Super Bowl Ads On The Public Again This Year

Groupon Decides It's Best Not To Inflict Terrible Super Bowl Ads On The Public Again This Year

Groupon dipped its toes in the Super Bowl ad waters last year, and having found it quite chilly, has decided not to risk repeating past mistakes. That means no more stabs at trying to be funny that come off as completely insensitive and awful. [More]

PayPal Throwing Its Hat In The Online Daily Coupon Ring

PayPal Throwing Its Hat In The Online Daily Coupon Ring

PayPal is planning its own daily deal program in the U.S., joining the already crowded online arena where Groupon and LivingSocial are currently duking it out to offer the best discount. It’s all about options, these days. [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]

How Deep Does A Discount Have To Be For Before You Call It A "Good Deal?"

How Deep Does A Discount Have To Be For Before You Call It A "Good Deal?"

A study of “Groupon addicts” asked them to specify how low a markdown had to be before they considered it a “good deal.” These were some pretty tough customers. How do their standards match up to yours? [More]

Ditch Your Big Bank, Miss Out On Groupon Refund

Ditch Your Big Bank, Miss Out On Groupon Refund

Like many other Americans, Casey broke up with his big bank, Chase, and joined a local credit union. The Consumerist commentariat should be very proud of him. Except that since changing banks, he received a refund for a Groupon he had purchased, which Groupon is powerless to give him because the debit card he used to purchase it has been canceled. [More]

More Groupon Employees Sue Over Unpaid Overtime

More Groupon Employees Sue Over Unpaid Overtime

Groupon was hit with a second employee lawsuit alleging that the company failed to pay overtime. It’s only the latest in a series of major setbacks for the social coupon site casting its future into doubt. [More]

Groupon Uses Pretty Picture To Advertise Not As Pretty Reality

Groupon Uses Pretty Picture To Advertise Not As Pretty Reality

Being the savvy consumers that you all are, you’re probably no stranger to something not appearing in person as it does in a promotional photo. [More]

Groupon Refunds Me Extra $20, Shrugs

Groupon Refunds Me Extra $20, Shrugs

Kairho probably shouldn’t complain. After a local business that had run a Groupon promotion went out of business, he had one of three $10 vouchers remaining. When he contacted Groupon about the closed business, he received the entire $30 back as a refund. Was it a mistake? No, Groupon explained: they don’t keep track of which vouchers you’ve actually used, so refunds are on the honor system. [More]

Overseas, Groupon Pockets Money From Unredeemed Vouchers

Overseas, Groupon Pockets Money From Unredeemed Vouchers

Oh, Groupon. Always offering to make life better with half of Middle Eastern fare or with a discount waxing, then turning around and getting all grabby and greedy. It’s worse overseas, as apparently, Groupon gets to pocket the money from any unredeemed vouchers. [More]