With deals so great they attract millions of consumers, there are bound to be both good and bad reviews of Groupon. We’ve compiled a list of pros and cons that you can take a look at, so that you can see for yourself whether this daily-deal website is right for you.
Inexpensive – This one’s a no-brainer! With deals usually 50 to 90 percent off, you’re bound to save a lot of your hard-earned cash while also getting what you want (and deserve).
Filtered Deals – Deals are neatly categorized, and the homepage is filtered based on anything you’ve previously purchased through Groupon, as well as your location. This way, you don’t have to sift through car detailing in New York City to find a manicurist in Vancouver.
Easy to Navigate – The simple interface of the website allows you to quickly and easily search for keywords, businesses, or products – or even browse through the most recent (or best) deals.
Tons of Deals – Groupon has the most deals of any daily-deal website. It covers so many categories that everyone can find something they love.
Buyer beware – As with anything that’s pay first, receive later, there is some risk associated with using Groupon. Make sure to always read the fine print (for example, you may think the deal for a resort getaway is perfect, until the fine print says that it cannot be used on weekends or holidays).
Overselling Deals – Since the website is so popular, some deals are bound to bring in hundreds of customers. And sometimes, the small businesses that the deal is for cannot handle the influx and endx up shutting down the deal altogether. Always keep an eye out for popular deals, and call the business ahead of time to make sure the deal is still available
The Bottom Line: 7.5/10
There are some cons that bring the rating of the website down a bit, but if you do external research – such as looking up reviews of the business before buying a voucher – there are ways around the cons so that all you end up with is a product or service that you’re satisfied with.