Everybody loves a bargain, right?
I know AGMA does! I’ll always be the first in line for a “value” deal.
So, I was an early fan of Groupon way back in 2009. Groupon started in Chicago in 2008, and rapidly expanded to reach a global audience.
For the 3 of you who might not be familiar with Groupon, it’s a service that offers group discounts to save money on goods/services through virtual coupons. You pay $$ for a goods/services specific Groupon but then get a substantial discount on the item/service you are purchasing. So, for example, I can get $30 worth of food at a local restaurant by using a Groupon I bought for $12.
Back in the early days, there was one – count it – one (1) Groupon offered per day in the Atlanta market. And they were very popular. Very.
I remember deals selling out an hour after the they were announced, because the vendors limit on how many could be sold. Now I think there are literally thousands of deals on any one given day in cities all over the world.
Obviously, competitors popped up over the years – LivingSocial, Yipit, Woot, Scountmob, to name a few. And there are local, city specific businesses offering a similar service. In Atlanta we have Atlantaonthecheap, LoafDeals and HandPickedAltanta. I’m pretty sure that some of these are not stand alone companies – they are owned by the larger, national companies.
You know how that works…
Because the vendors that offer these discount deals through these virtual coupon companies have to split the income received for the sale of the coupons with said virtual coupon company, they end up getting very little money for the goods/services purchased by the consumer. So in my example above, the restaurant might only get $6 of the $12 paid for the Groupon. But the vendors obviously consider it a good way to promote their goods/services.
Most deals have expiration dates on them, but have wording saying that the value the consumer paid for the coupon never expires and can be used at the vendor’s business. So if I let my $12 deal for $30 worth of food at the local restuarant expire, I can still dine at that restaurant and use my virtual coupon for $12 off my meal.
AGMA is convinced that a huge part of these Groupon-type companies’ income streams is from those of us who buy these discount coupons and never use them.
But seriously, who hasn’t been tempted to try an ionic foot detox offered at a business across town because it was just SUCH a good deal? And of course everybody’s feet could use a good detoxing. But then it’s just so hard to carve out the time to do something that is pretty far out of the norm for you in a part of town you’re not all that familiar with. And your good friend didn’t buy one when you suggested it and now you have to go alone. And you’re really not sure what they’re going to do to you. So you end up not going and the deal expires and now you for sure won’t drive across town to use the $15 credit you have for a $55 iconic foot bath.
Sadly, this was AGMA when this whole virtual coupon craze started. But with age comes wisdom. I’m very selective of what I buy now.
However I need to share one of the recent deals I purchased. And used.
It’s just sooooo quintensenntial AGMA.
I run, but doesn’t do much else in the way of exercise. A few years ago I bought a deal for 1 month at a gym that was about 5 miles away. The gym had a water rowing machine and I fell in love.
I went twice a week to use that sweet rower. I lost weight and my tummy was starting not to look like I was 3 months along with twins. But the month expired and I had to break off the relationship.
Fast forward to 2 months ago when a deal popped up for rowing classes at a place only 3 miles away. I jumped on it. AGMA was gonna fall in love again.
In addition to rowing classes, they also offer silk aerial classes and those pole exercise classes that is all the rage with the young’uns these days.
I went for the first 3 classes during the day and the studio was pretty quiet. The rowing machines were in the aerial space. But I did get to see the pole studio which looked…
Anyway, I got back into my rowing groove. And I decided that I like sort of doing my own thing rather than a “class”. But I had one more class left on my “deal”, so I booked it for last Monday evening.
The studio really buzzes in the evening! A bunch of young, very fit young ladies were milling about waiting for their class to start (NOT rowing…). Then a woman, who obviously worked there, walked out from the pole studio with 6 inch chunky heeled red shoes, red hair piled on her head, a red baby doll nighty that came down to mid hip, and a thong.
And both cheeks were just a shinin’ like the moon! And the moon was definitely full…
She was complaining because the air conditioner was dripping into the studio. Nothing like a bit of reality to interfere with your exotic dance lessons.
And there was AGMA, looking like the frumpy plump sorority house mother to all of these supple and fit young things who were getting ready to swing their stuff around a pole and on aerial silks.
Ah….if only I was 40 years younger. And my moon wasn’t ready the size of Jupiter.
And speaking of that general “area”, if anybody’s interested, there was another deal – through Living Social – that caught my eye last week. It was for Vaginal Steaming Sessions.
I’ll just leave it up to you to use the Google.
$29 for 1 session; $55 for 2.
Get ’em while they’re hot.