Online Deals Sites: Is the Bloom Off the Rose?
[Editor's Note: I have experienced the same trajectory with Groupon and other online deals sites as Carly has. It was almost the same trajectory I had when Internet shopping came into my life in the nineties: Euphoria followed by financial constraints followed by resolutions to rein it in. Have you had an experience like hers, or do you still love them? -Rita]
This leads me to my next points of waste and expiration dates. Between L, myself, and my parents, it is easy to lose track of all our purchased deals. My mom has given us a number of Groupons as gifts. Last year, we received a one night stay at a luxury San Diego resort off a deal site as part of L's birthday gift, and we forgot about it and it expired. F*ck. We called the resort, and were told we could get the equivalent of the original price paid for the deal, which was the cost of a discounted room. However, the extra amenities that were part of the package such as wine and a picnic basket lunch expired along with the deal. We felt terrible, and have yet to use our room credit.