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But Phillip's experience reveals a new glitch embedded in one of Air Max 90 Black the biggest consumer trends of the past few years: website deals can mess with relationships, too.
Gamble says this is the result of the current economy. As many businesses struggle to stay afloat, some hastily arrange deals with group buying websites in order to attract more customers, only to find it's not a good fit for them. In a stuff up described as ''The Cupcake Catastrophe'' in the British press, Need A Cake bakery in Reading lost all its profits for 2012 after more than 100,000 people redeemed a Groupon offer, resulting in a loss of $3.50 an order.
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So prevalent is the experience of being treated poorly by coupon companies, a blogger has coined a term for it: ''Grouponitude''. ''I enter said establishment, purchase or receive said goods or services to a usually jovial and kind encounter, pull out my Groupon, and watch the disappointment wave over their face as if they just found out I was an ex con or something,'' he writes on his eponymous website. The subtext? ''That will be 67. Thanks for making my family starve.''
This was David's experience, after his parents bought him a car wash and polish service from one of the sites as a gift. ''It was at a bargain price, and I said, 'Terrific','' he says. ''So I gave them a call, and you had to make a booking, like a doctor's appointment. You couldn't just turn up.
Phillip runs down the list of stipulations he and his five friends had to agree to before they could set foot in the South American restaurant.
a cheap alternative nearby ''and have the best time of your life''.
So what's a bargain hunter to do? After all, everyone interviewed says they've bagged some great deals on the websites.
''It was all you can eat, but they served the food really slowly, bringing out a dish maybe every half hour in small, tasteless portions,'' he says of the Sydney restaurant. ''So it made the dinner conversation about whether we were going to get our food. That's what Nike Air Max Force
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
It's not news some deals on group buying sites aren't up to snuff.
They could visit only on a weekday. They couldn't choose the dishes they wanted to eat (it was a pre determined banquet meal). Oh, and they had to finish their meal within two hours.
Were they taking part in a group dare? Maybe they were being punk'd? No.
was well into the future, well after the coupon expired, in like two to three months. So they said, 'Unless you come in the middle of the day, we can't give it to you.' I had to give it back to my parents. I was embarrassed.''
Even those who haven't roped any loved ones into their quest for a bargain aren't safe from humiliation. When deals go wrong, ''you do feel duped'', says Michelle Gamble, founder of Sydney business consulting firm Marketing Angels. She offers the Havaianas bargain, which she unsuccessfully tried to take part in, as an example of online shoppers being ignored when something goes wrong. ''You can feel like a second class citizen,'' she says.
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dominated conversation, rather than discussing what was going on with everybody.''
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''Sometimes the deals are just too good to pass up,'' says David of restaurant offers. ''You've got to go in with low expectations, and if it works out, terrific.''
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