A while ago I asked about the moosers experiences of group buying websites, as I have never used these myself, but I'd like to share some info on them. I got a few kind emails, and I am going to share your experiences here!
What is groupon, I hear you ask? Groupon is a site that offers daily deals at good prices through the power of group buying. It's available for a number of Canadian cities, for example Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto.
And here's the first Groupon Canada review:
I've been using Groupon for a while, and just joined Grooster. I've found the deals are good; however, the deals tend to be located in the downtown core (I live in New Westminster, and most of the deals are for businesses in Vancouver city) so if I were not the sort of person who's comfortable driving into the city they'd be less useful.
For Groupon, The deal is posted, and provided enough folks commit to buying, the deal 'tips' and the deal is on. You need to provide a credit card number. If the minimum number isn't met, the deal fails and you're not charged. I've never seen one fail.
I find the discounts are substantial (50% + off) and redeeming is easy peasy - either print the 'coupon' or, in the case of Groupon, just use the iPhone app to display the barcode, and the discount is applied at purchase.
The daily deals come by email, and the *cool* thing about Groupon is that it can be good when you travel. I was in Vegas in May, and there was a daily Groupon (via iPhone, which tracks your locale) for various things.
I've bought 3 Groupon deals (for spa services, aromatherapy products, and a restaurant) of which I've used two (ok, one - but I'm booked for my spa services today!).
Thanks to Bargainmooser Kelly-Dawn for that Groupon review.
Bargainmoose Jessica tells us this about Groupon Canada:
I have used Groupon in Vancouver (as have friends of mine as well) and it's fabulous! It's easy to buy the deal, and then the coupon information is sent to your email address. I recently used the site for a spa deal, which was wonderful for a new mom like me! If anyone has questions or concerns about a deal, there is a moderator that will get any answers that they need (usually your question has already been asked and posted on the site). I haven't heard of a deal yet that hasn't gone through.
Thanks to Bargainmooser Maureen for the following review:
Hi... I use groupon, and they have some great deals. I am going to San Diego this summer, so I changed the city to San Diego and that day groupon was a Harbour Tour, regular $25.00 for $12.00. Since I will be a tourist, I bought two...one for me one for a guest, my daughter. I saved $26.00 on something you have to do as a tourist in that city!