Monday, April 4, 2011

Welcome to Group Offed

Everybody loves group-buying sites. Groupon, LivingSocial, BuyWithMe, and a growing field of flash sale copycats are drawing in deal seekers with marked down values.

The allure is obvious. If I can get $25 worth of drinks and grub for $12, who am I to complain? However, there's a whole other world waiting once the excitement dies down. Some deals are duds. Some merchants don't live up to their end of the bargain. Does anyone know exactly how many of these pre-paid vouchers go unclaimed past their expiration dates?

Group Offed is dedicated to unearthing the sweet deals that went sour. Did you hear about the Brazilian VIP nightclub offer that wasn't honored or the Japanese meal that wasn't up to snuff? How about the FTD offer that wasn't necessarily the bargain that it made itself out to be?

Stick around because Group Offed is here to chronicle the moments when group-buying sites trip up.

We can't help you if you're stuck with a surly waiter at a bistro. Try Yelp.com if you aren't happy with your Swedish massage. However, whenever there's a city-wide deal failure, Group Offed will be here to let you know.

Comment on any of our posts if you have tips, peeves, or suggestions.

G.O.

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