Just two years ago there were none to be found—now it seems they’re everywhere. You’ve undoubtedly seen their ads, boasting to save you 71% on eye surgery one day and 42% off at the Olive Garden the next. It seems every time we blink a new one pops up trying to distinguish itself from the rest of the pack. Of course we are talking about “daily deal” websites, and with names like Groupon, Bloomspot, Living Social, Metromix and Gilt City — the list grows daily — it seems that an endless supply of good deals sit just a pop up ad away.
Or not so much.
So what’s the catch? Although many of these sites are billed as providing exceptional discounts and insider deals on everything from dance lessons to fine dining to laser hair removal, many consumers are finding out — much to their dismay — that in some cases they get (or can’t get) what they paid for.
Indeed, deal of the day websites have come under fire for a host of questionable and unfair business procedures. Pending litigation challenges the industry’s policies with respect to expiration dates, and additional investigations are underway into anti-consumer practices involving improper disclosures, state law protections, difficulty in redeeming discounts, and related issues. As some of the fastest growing companies in the country, it appears they have devoted little time to making sure their customers’ legal rights are respected.
It is the time to make your voices heard. If you or someone you know has been deceived or frustrated by a deal a day website, please share your experience with the Scambook community. Only by joining together will we be able to make these companies start listening to their customers.
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