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I recently suggested to a friend that she buy a Groupon to a place we both frequent.

“No, I would never use a Groupon there. That’s rude.”

She believes using a daily deal coupon at a place where you’re a regular customer is bad form. She thinks these deals are meant to attract new customers, so it looks like you’re getting over on the business. Furthermore, some businesses use these deals because they’re struggling to stay open, so if you want them to stick around, she says you should pay full price.

I understand her point, but I’ve never felt guilty. If I spend a decent amount of money someplace, I have no problem accepting a break every now and then. In addition, there are some businesses that offer Groupons once a month. It’s almost as if these places have incorporated daily deals into their businesses model and are training customers not to come in without one.

I posed the question on Twitter and there were people on both sides. What are your thoughts?


Links of the Day:


– Senator Chuck Schumer played a big role in keeping the Bills in Buffalo. The NFL owners didn’t want to tick him off.

– The Safe Act has put 34,000 New Yorkers on the list of people prohibited from having guns.

– Nearly a million people are waiting for decisions about Social Security disability payments. There is a 40-year backlog.

– Syracuse University bravely saves students from exposure to journalism.

– “We regard DEA’s conduct to be a knowing and serious breach of Facebook’s terms and policies.”

– A Rochester woman tracked down her biological father and discovered he’s a notorious mob informant.