Good deal?

More online shopping from me..

So I might be one of very few,but I actually do check my junk inbox (keeps me occupied while at work).. hoping that one day I will come across an amazing deal from the many many deal websites that I subscribe to. And one day I did finally come across something I was mildly interested in! Yay!

So my friends and I recently purchased a deal on livingsocial for a midweek trip to Rye. We have locked in dates and very excited to go!

The only other experience with purchasing or participating in online deals was when my friend and I decided to claim one of those Facebook offers for a $10 breakfast deal at Pancake Parlor. At first, I thought, ‘wow! $10! So good!”, But little did I know, that wasn’t the case. It was just an average meal- nothing exciting and noting went wrong, so why did I feel let down? I can pin point it to Facebook. Other people’s comments and the amount of likes had set up expectations for me in my mind. I haven’t claimed another offer to date.

Popular deal websites

However, I am hugely excited to go on this trip. Don’t get me wrong- I definitely had my reservations before booking! Will it be a scam? Is this too good to be true? How do I know this is legit? Am I really getting value for my money?

Having also read other experiences (namely for deals.. food ones especially), it definitely made me reluctant because of high expectations and the perceived value for money. This is also goes back to meeting someone on one of my recent travels who works in the customer service team for one of the deal sites. She said the main thing to look out for was the Terms and conditions and to read the inclusions very carefully, so you know what you are expecting.

An article from Mashable outlines why daily deals are here to stay. The main points for the intense trend in daily deals and social buying are the fact that customers want more value for their money, businesses will reap rewards, and the market is maturing, but still growing (at least in the US it is). However this is only one side to the debate. The main arguments against, particularly from the business owners is that it does not encourage loyalty as customers are constantly looking for better deals, and more ways to save money. That is, these social buying sites and online deals are attracting the wrong kind of customers. What do you think?

Can anyone share with me any hints or tips for buying these deals? Have I walked into a scam? Has anyone had any good or bad experiences with these deal sites? Please do share- I love reading other people’s experiences and stories!

Here a video right from the horses mouth to convince you into group buying. Just for fun 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Good deal?

  1. A scam? Probably not with living social. Personally I’ve never had a bad experience with them but it is usually possible to checkout using PayPal and that goes give you some degree of insurance. My personal favorite is scoop on though it used to be spreets before their deals decreased in interestingness. The terms and conditions are quite important though especially for travel deals at least that’s what I hear from a friend who worked in the bookings, they need to be checked for eligibility expiry and booking terma .
    Hope the trip goes well I am fairly certain it is not a scam, now excuse me as I go check group on haha

  2. I personally don’t think it would be a scam, unless you literally don’t get your deal which you have already paid for. But just like Bruce mentioned, as long as it goes through PayPal, then you shouldn’t have to worry about these scams. When it comes to these crazy ‘special deals’ sites, you’re never going to get something GREAT, it’s always just going to be a “ohh, it’s okay” kind of deal. And looking at the terms and conditions of the deals is definitely a must because you’re right, some of these deals are just too good to be true.

  3. Thanks for your tips about this blog. One thing I would want to say is the fact purchasing electronics items over the Internet is not something new. In reality, in the past ten years alone, the marketplace for online consumer electronics has grown considerably. Today, you’ll find practically any kind of electronic gizmo and product on the Internet, ranging from cameras along with camcorders to computer pieces and gaming consoles.

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