Daily deal fatigue

  • Article by: JOHN EWOLDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 17, 2011 - 9:24 PM

Groupon-clone websites have become a treasure trove for some consumers, but others are discovering they can be too much of a good thing.

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lenny7Mar. 15, 1112:54 AM

My wife started to go crazy with the restaurant coupons until I convinced her that other, existing deals are better. If you buy a Groupon, et al, you've committed at least what you spent. If you buy an Entertainment book, you do have a up front cost of $30, but after that, you have a multitude of BOGOs with no prior financial commitment. Same thing with the Metro Dining Club. Pay a $23 up front fee, then enjoy the deal where you want, when you want, without being on the hook for one particular place. Now we only buy Groupons (et al) for those places we know we'd go to anyway.

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bassetMar. 15, 1110:48 AM

The sales reps from these daily deal companies are the most annoying, aggressive, relentless, unprofessional and rude sales people I have ever come in contact with. I get dozens of calls a month. Our company would never do business with any of them. Also see the most recent lawsuits against these daily deal companies. That will make you think twice about entering into business with them.....

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davidcohen10Mar. 15, 11 2:10 PM

I agree with the article. Personally I use DealSurf.com, I like their interface and they have more content. I can also store my coupons in my account. That's just a matter of taste :-)

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citypocketsMar. 15, 11 5:11 PM

Thanks for the shout-out to CityPockets. We're actually going to be adding more deal sites in the next couple of weeks and will have a consistent and on-going schedule to cover the most popular sites. Please check back in 2 weeks! Thanks so much!

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jdyrdahl1Mar. 16, 11 4:13 PM

Another local deal site is Midwest Daily Deals www.MidwestDailyDeals.com It will be launching SOON in St. Cloud, Fargo/Moorhead, Bismarck and other midwestern towns! If you sign up now, you may win a big prize! Go check it out!

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MellersMar. 17, 11 9:38 PM

Another Strib article (I think) talked about Yipit.com, where it combines the deails from 9+ of these daily deal sites, and sends them to you at once, so you don't have to sign up for 9+ separate sites! I've just joined a couple of days ago but so far am loving it!

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lenny7Jan. 24, 12 1:30 PM

One of the local sites, http://www.theblindsquirrel.com is no longer in business. I stopped by their (former) Edina office today and it's empty. There were recently selling certificates, including some for travel destinations, and people are not happy about the money lost. I'm out $85. It appears that the 365deals.mn site is the sister site to The Blind Squirrel, as the website, terms & conditions, and layout are nearly identical. So be careful if you buy anything there. Personally, I'm now sticking with the top 4 you listed above.

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