Groupon Dining 'deals'. Are they wearing you out?

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  1. dhammer53
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    I'm trying to recall the last time I purchased a groupon dinner deal. In the early days, there were multiple good deals. So much so that I had to curb my buying. Geesh. I would have been going out to dinner with my wife 2x's a week.

    I almost pulled the trigger today to unsubscribe, but didn't.

    What do you think about the current state of Groupon (as it pertains to dining)?

    dh
     
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  2. Mapsmith
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    Still have some decent deals here in Tucson. But they are the same old ones. Waiting for new restaurants usually means following the ones that are having trouble financially.
     
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    The last time we purchased a Groupon dinner deal, the restaurant closed a few days after we visited. Since then, I have been hesitant about purchasing them.
     
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    However, Groupon will credit your account with the amount of the Groupon. We had this happen to us. and had no problem transferring the amount to a new Groupon at a restaurant that is still open. And I did the transfer during one of the 20% off sales that Groupon has at times. So actually, I took a $20 value Groupon (good for $40)for a restaurant that closed and turned it into one for $8 ($16) and one for $16 ($32 value). Check the date on the expired Groupon from the restaurant that closed. Usually there is a 6 month to 1 year expiration on the value.
     
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    Its generally a shitty deal for the restaurant and now, after a bit of time in the market, this is well known enough that expecting to find a truly good deal from Groupon is likely to leave one disappointed.
     
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    [QUOTE="ella, post: 2657655, member: 2110"]The last time we purchased a Groupon dinner deal, the restaurant closed a few days after we visited. Since then, I have been hesitant about purchasing them.[/QUOTE]
    Had this same problem in the old days with Restaurant.com. The bottom line is that the restaurants featured in Groupon aren't top shelf, and if you can't get to them in a reasonable amount of time, the offer expires. Have pretty much allowed all those Groupon offers to go into the "Junk" mail for some time. Of course, YMMV.
     
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    Oh, Groupon is still around? ;)
     
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    Had this same problem in the old days with Restaurant.com. The bottom line is that the restaurants featured in Groupon aren't top shelf, and if you can't get to them in a reasonable amount of time, the offer expires. Have pretty much allowed all those Groupon offers to go into the "Junk" mail for some time. Of course, YMMV.[/QUOTE]

    The problem that I have had with Restaurant.com is that the restrictions can sometimes be ridiculous. Looking at the local area, 1) Many restaurants that participate, I have never heard of and Greater Tucson just ain't that big. 2) the minimum spend for many of the restaurants are also stupid. To use a $35 Restaurant.com certificate, they require an $80 spend. To be honest with just me and the wife, we have trouble just getting to $35 without trying to get to $80. Oh yeah, the $80 does not include wine, alcohol, drinks, or dessert. But many will allow appetizers. And 3) the shear number of restaurants that post the dreaded sign "We no longer accept Restaurant.com Certificates. 4) Add the ones that are still listed on Restaurant.com but have been out of business for over 5 years. and Restaurant.com is a stupid purchase.
     
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    I don't find a huge number of restaurants that interest me (and the San Francisco Bay Area isn't lacking in restaurants), but I would say it is far from dead. Perhaps it's helpful that I've found a few restaurants that don't seem to be in their final death spiral but rather still seems to be doing decent volume of business, but are continuing to work with Groupon to offer 50% off deals. Between ebates.com (often 6%) and the every third week or so 20% off coupon, Groupon continues to offer me pretty good values. Ordering $30 off the menu for $11.28 (net after ebates) isn't too bad. Paying sales tax on the original amount bugs me, though. Is that sales tax really making it to the tax authorities?
     
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    Sure, if you are a big fan of Denny's! :D
     
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