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Groupon - Junk?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Semple, 4 May 2021.

  1. Semple

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 5 Mar 2010

    Posts: 8,179

    Does anyone actually still use Groupon, or has it now become a site flogging off cheap junk which is marked down in price?

    I actually bought a Groupon voucher for an escape room last year, but with attractions having to close due to the pandemic, the voucher got refunded but only as Groupon credits - seems they take quite a fixed stance on this with a number of negative reviews about not being able to be refunded back in cash.

    Anyway, it's been nearly a year on and my Groupon credits expire tomorrow, so i thought i'd have a look at what goods they seem to sell on there and buy some stuff rather than just letting them go to waste. But the amount of **** they seem to sell on there makes me wonder whether anyone actually uses it anymore.

    Has anyone purchased anything worthy on there?
     
  2. Gray2233

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 Oct 2010

    Posts: 4,110

    You could always stock up on bog roll?

    Just had a look and that's a pretty dire selection.
     
  3. uber soldat

    Mobster

    Joined: 19 Oct 2007

    Posts: 3,006

    Location: Delete *.*

    The only things even remotely worthwhile on there are a large reduction on dinner including wine at a couple of stately homes. Rest is utter rubbish so if it was me id go with that.
     
  4. thenewoc

    Soldato

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    Posts: 7,481

    Location: West Sussex, England

    Buy something you think will be in demand and sell it on ebay.
     
  5. pepp77

    Mobster

    Joined: 13 Oct 2008

    Posts: 4,148

    Location: SE London Born and Bred

    Don't really go on Groupon very often, but I get the emails as I have bought from them before and oddly its one of the best online purchases I've ever made. 3 and a half years ago I bought a Platinum 6000 Series Pillow Top Double Mattress for £239 - https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/platinum-pillow-top-mattress-4

    It was one of those that came rolled and so I was a little sceptical how good it would actually be, but all this time later and it still seems in the same condition as the first week I had it and both supportive and comfortable at the same time.

    But not sure I would buy much more from there as probably used up all my luck :)
     
  6. dLockers

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    Joined: 21 Jan 2010

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    Bought a holiday to Tunisia on there once; got talked out of it by gammon colleagues at the time who assured me I would be murdered. Plot twist the Tunisia incident happened not long after.
     
  7. Buffman

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 4 May 2007

    Posts: 8,011

    Location: West Midlands

    I bought a set of side tables on there around 5 years ago for £40 and they're not bad quality considering. Apart from that, I havent used it in what must be nearing 10 years for meal "offers" etc as they're generally similar prices elsewhere
     
  8. Uther

    Capodecina

    Joined: 16 Jun 2005

    Posts: 15,839

    I must have bought something once as I still get regular emails.
     
  9. explicit4u

    Capodecina

    Joined: 29 Nov 2008

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    Location: London

    I only use them because they usually have a large % of cashback via topcashback/quidco, great for stuff like toilet roll in bulk.
     
  10. Ruki

    Associate

    Joined: 5 May 2021

    Posts: 24

    You can find good deals on linen and cashback is usually good as the previous poster mentions. My wife used it for several massage sessions with mixed reviews, it really depends on who the actual provider of the services are. If you know your local area well you could browse for deals and choose businesses you know are trustworthy.
     
  11. Psycho Sonny

    Caporegime

    Joined: 21 Jun 2006

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    Bag in box mattress worth £30 for £200 odd doesn't strike me as a great deal.
     
  12. pepp77

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    Location: SE London Born and Bred

    It's a mattress that at the time some online shops had listed for £1200 or more. It isn't a £30 mattress as its condition after this amount of time shows and has definitely served me better than other mattresses I have paid more for, so yes for what I could get for £240 it was a great deal.
     
  13. dLockers

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    Don't feed the troll. He has paid through the nose for a designer mattress that he boasts about whenever the chance presents itself. He probably gets a lot of time alone with it, hence the connection to it.
     
  14. -westy-

    Capodecina

    Joined: 7 Nov 2002

    Posts: 12,349

    Location: UK

    I've found that the only deals worth anything on there are services, for example I got a good deal on an Aircon service & regas for my car - nothing else worth mentioning though.
     
  15. shadow_boxer

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 9 Oct 2009

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    Location: Stoke-On-Trent

    Same. Only ever used them for air con on a couple of occasions. This the missus did get an afternoon teach voucher once which actually was quite nice.
     
  16. Ruki

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    Joined: 5 May 2021

    Posts: 24

    What is also good is the offer stacking, Groupon emails you discount codes (mostly for local businesses I believe) to use with already heavily discounted offers, add cashback on top of that and the resulting price in some cases is worth the punt.
     
  17. dLockers

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    You're putting a lot of effort into OCUK for someone just looking to spam their travel blog.
     
  18. Ruki

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    Sorry, I'm not sure what you mean by that? Spam their travel blog?