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?
@rachbarnhart ur still paying full price (most likely) every other time. Who cares if u use Groupon every once in a while. Ur still there.
— Andy Rauh (@RAUHZER) October 13, 2014
@rachbarnhart nope! Take advantage of deals. They're a business not my friend.
— Kyle Omphroy (@KROmphroy) October 13, 2014
@rachbarnhart If I'm a regular at any place, it's usually b/c I know the owners so I wouldn't. They're using those to get more ppl in door.
— DickieRockyHorror (@dickieroc) October 13, 2014
@rachbarnhart They are geared at getting new customers. It's an expensive lead for the business. Say no and help your fav biz stay in biz
— Jackie Goodwine (@GoodwineTidbits) October 14, 2014
@rachbarnhart Friend has too much money.
— Ra Cha Cha (@HeyRaChaCha) October 13, 2014
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