Dear Groupon…

by Heidi on March 30, 2012

Dear Groupon?!

Hot pants?!

Unless they’re magic they probably don’t really make you lose weight. It all seems like a crock if you ask me. I don’t believe that pants alone can make or assist you in losing weight. Now, granted they are saying pants with exercise will make you lose weight. But we all know that it’s sheer will, hard work, and eating well. Don’t they say that 80% of weight loss is what you eat??




Based on my own experiences in the Daily Deal/ecommerce industry, I firmly believe that while there is a market for weight loss oriented deals, it’s definitely irksome to sell products like this. I mean really? You’re going to get 50% on liposuction or {insert other random THIS WILL MAKE YOU LOSE WEIGHT type of deal} – do you really not have time for 30 minutes on the treadmill? I think people tend to forget the overall benefits of good honest hard work to lose weight. We’re lazy people and are always looking for the easy way out but let’s be real, weight loss ain’t easy friends.

I feel more and more like these type of cop-out deals are becoming more and more frequent. I like that with LivingSocial (while definitely not innocent with the sometimes useless deals) I’m more likely to find a restaurant or a gym or yoga classes or a winery (this winery by the way is where I’[ll be celebrating my birthday with my mom and sister after my half marathon on April 14!) but LivingSocial isn’t perfect. They sell the awesome stuff (ummm adventures) along with various service deals like car detailing and house cleaning ‘natch but with  Groupon and these “groupon goods” I feel like it’s all crap and THANK GOD I have these filtered because otherwise I probably should would have unsubscribed a LONG time ago (but Groupon ran the Gap deal and I’m waiting oh so patiently for it to run again…) but this deal? Was just offensive and I’m not certain my love-hate relationship with Groupon can be mended here and not because they’re selling them, but because of how they sold them. The copy, the subject, was just wrong. Wrong wrong wrong. Pants can’t make you lose weight Groupon, hard work and determination will.

Have you ever been offended by an email from Groupon or LivingSocial??

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  • The Modern Gal

    I’ve actually unsubscribed from most of those sites. They all seem to have jumped the shark — they’ve saturated each market, and the good businesses either don’t feel they’re worth the hassle or don’t need them to be successful. I don’t need 20 coupons for botox, nail salons or cage fighting (yes, I’ve seen cage fighting coupons).

  • Christy M

    I’m really contemplating unsubscribing from Groupon on Living Social. When I joined them, all of the offers were for museums, spas/salons, fitness classes, etc. Now…it’s ALWAYS a rotation of teeth whitening, botox and laser hair removal. I’m 25! I’m not interested in ANY of those products! If they want to be successful, they really need to do an assessment of who is buying these offers because in the last month or so, I think all bout maybe 8 of the offers I’ve gotten have been for those 3 items I just listed. It’s so annoying!

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