Put down the scissors and step away from the newspaper because clipping coupons is a thing of the past—at least now that Groupon has arrived. Groupon is an online service that utilizes the collective power of groups to score its users incredible deals on a variety of goods and services. From 50 percent off spa days to 75 percent off concert tickets—Groupon is able to get unheard of discounts for its users by promising businesses that its deals won’t become active until a pre-set number of people have signed up.
Each morning, Groupon users get an email with information about that day’s deal. Listed next to the deal’s price is a description of the product or service and an estimate of its retail value. If the deal looks enticing, simply click “Buy” and print out the receipt as a proof of purchase. Of course, your credit card won’t be charged until Groupon hits its pre-set “tipping” number and the deal becomes valid, so you don’t need to worry about paying for a deal that never goes through.
For users who prefer not to clog their e-mail inbox any additional clutter, you can find Groupon’s daily deals on its Twitter feed as well. And for anyone who’s struggling to find a good birthday or holiday gift, the site allows you to purchase its deals as presents for others, too. Unfortunately, because Groupon’s deals are city-specific, you’ll need to live in one of the 30+ cities where Groupon currently serves in order to get in on the action. For anyone who likes the idea of getting a bargain, Groupon is definitely a site worth checking out.
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