Is Groupon a Scam?

January 13, 2011 by Anna   | Filed under Tips


Is Groupon a Scam?Is Groupon a scam you ask? So, you're telling me that if 100 people sign up to get a massage at a local massage place, we can get a $150 massage for just $50?? Sounds too good to be true. And it normally would be. But I think we are entering a period where it isn't too good to be true, it's true! It's all for real and it is amazing!!

I have single handedly purchased about 10 Groupons from all the deals they throw up daily and I have enjoyed every last one of them! My sister is a huge fan of the site and she is the one that told me about it and she also does a lot of shopping on Groupons. She got her eyebrows tinted prednisone 100mg daily at a very swanky LA salon, a massage at a beautiful spa in Orange County, $30 for $60 worth of stuff at Nordstrom Rack, and even cooking classes for me and my husband as a Christmas gift this past December.

Groupon is an UH mazing and fabulous place you should go to try out local restaurants in your area, hotel deals and even fashion savings. So is Groupon a scam? Hell to the NO! It is a GOD SEND! I love love love Groupons and I only wish I had thought of this brilliant idea first. It truly is an age where in order to make money, you need to find out a service that can benefit everyone and make everyone happy and I think that's what Groupon does.

Look, I'm sharing this with you guys because today I took my friend out to lunch and used my Groupon and he didn't know what it was. I was in shock because I thought this awesome service had reached everyone, but it hasn't. So if you're not already taking advantage of this, do it! You will not be getting scammed or jipped, the only thing you'll be seeing are greens in your pocket from all the money you've saved. Jump on the Groupon boat, don't forget to read the fine print like what day your Groupon expires (and be sure to use it) and enjoy the ride!

Have you used Groupon? If so, leave a comment and tell me your favorite savings so far!


5 Responses to “Is Groupon a Scam?”
  1. Bertfw says:

    I’d like to talk about my Groupon experience. Today a friend emailed me about an event he found on Groupon, and we decided to buy tickets. Now, on the Groupon site it shows on the left side of the page the number of items bought, and at the bottom of that it says “[number] needed to get the deal” – without qualifying what “the deal” actually is, or what happens if enough people don’t purchase. Do they then attempt to charge full price? Nowhere on the site is this explained. This really looks like a bait-and-switch scam.

    Not wanting to take a chance, I used ShopSafe to generate a credit card number with a $100 cap, so that’s the most Groupon could rip me off for. After making my purchase, ALL I got for my $95 was a popup saying that a confirmation had been sent to my email. No receipt page, no tickets to print out, and I still have not received anything in my email after two hours. Literally the only evidence that I made this purchase is the credit card record through my bank.

    So I attempted to contact their customer service. At first I used the Contact Us form on their site, and after a while of not hearing back from them I decided to call. I briefly heard the sounds of a call center in the background before I was patched through to a message saying they were closed and to call back during normal business hours (Central Time). Well, it will be another hour before they supposedly open, so I’ll call then. But so far I’m not convinced the site isn’t a scam. They certainly don’t do much to instill a feeling of confidence, I doubt I will use them in the future.

  2. Al Treml says:

    Groupon is a scam. I was receiving daily emails for around 3 months waiting for something that was worth trying. Each day they offered a $20 item for only $10. After a few months, I saw a Groupon for a pizza place about a 15 minute drive from me. So I decided this would be a good time to try it. I filled out all the information and they sent me the Groupon to use which would give me $10 off any purchase $20 or more. So I bought a pizza that was around $24. I paid the correct amount according to the Groupon, around $14. But at the end of the month, I got billed from Groupon for $10. Where is my savings? I went out of my way for a pizza that was not worth going out of my way for and I paid full price. This is what I call a scam.

  3. lisa says:

    I just received my shipment from a company that I purchased something through groupon, guess what it was fine!!! yeah, I have also booked a spa treatment, and have sent my son/friend mini golfing, guess what, Fine!!!! I love the daily deals sites!!!!

  4. John says:

    I bought a bunch of groupon stuffs/coupons. At first, everything came out perfect, I could re-deem all my coupons. I started trusting Groupon and bought more and more coupons from not only deal in my city but also in other cities. One beautiful morning, I logged to Groupon, they don’t let me access into that. I called my credit cards to cancel the recently transactions but the old ones I couldn’t get my money back. I know for sure that I still have a ton of coupons got robbed my Groupon.
    Buyers should be aware of GROUPON. I never trust them again.

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