Do you use bargain sites like Groupon etc

Flowers to celebrate getting my money back - actully a birthday gift from my son!
Derby, England
November 30, 2017 1:05pm CST
Recently I bought some vouchers for a smart hotel in London for a meal in their restaurant from a site called Wowcher. I bought enough to take my son and daughter plus partners with my husband so six in total. I phoned and booked for December 9th as we we going to spend the week end in London. I got a phone call a day ago to say they were no longer honouring these vouchers and that I should contact Wowcher to get a refund. Great, I thought now I have the hassle of sorting that out and also have to find another venue and also have to pay for that before getting my money refunded. I was really fed up and felt that having already taken my booking they should honour that. I am now sorting this with Wowcher but it is taking time and a lot of fuss. The weekend before I had booked a night away with my husband with an afternoon tea and breakfast in Shrewsbury for a little escape away also through Wowcher.That hotel informed me that they were closed that week end but at least they sent me a voucher that could be used any time in the next twelve months so that was better customer service than the hotel in London. I have used both Groupon and Wowcher loads of times before and this is the first problem I have had with either site when using their vouchers. Has anyone else used these sites and had good experiences or bad? Update: Wowcher have refunded my money back to my credit card so all good !now
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
30 Nov
I think once we used some sort of discount site to get reduced access to a performance. I'm never quite sure whether to trust them and f they are ripping the businesses off!
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
30 Nov
@catsholiday I remember one small cake-making business gave out vouchers for a box of cakes thinking they would get a bit of extra publicity. They were inundated with orders, had to take on extra staff and made a big loss from the deal, I'm not sure whether they went bust. I suppose you could say that was their own fault but they just didn't dream they would get such a huge response!
• Derby, England
30 Nov
@Fleura Yes they have to be careful. I believe they can limit the number of vouchers thy want to allow which seems like a better idea. I do vaguely remember the fuss about that one
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@moffittjc (35641)
• Gainesville, Florida
2 Dec
I use Groupon pretty frequently, and have never had any issues with them or their services.
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• Derby, England
3 Dec
@moffittjc Like you we have not had a bad experience with groupon but hopefully this will also work out okay in the end
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@rina110383 (23067)
30 Nov
We don't have them here. I hope it will be available here in my country, they are of much help.
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@MALUSE (32699)
• Denmark
1 Dec
"here in my country" --- and where would that be?
@Courtlynn (50492)
• United States
30 Nov
We've used groupon about 5 times in 2 or 3 years.
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• Derby, England
30 Nov
@Courtlynn Was your experience positive or negative?
@Courtlynn (50492)
• United States
30 Nov
@catsholiday positive
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@KristenH (20370)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
30 Nov
Not really. I never felt the need to use them, since I don't get out much these days that's beyond my walking distance.
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• Derby, England
30 Nov
They do often have products too at reduced prices. I have bought a few of those too. A unicorn duvet cover for my granddaughter was a recent purchase
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@KristenH (20370)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
30 Nov
@catsholiday That's not a bad deal.
@JudyEv (100494)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Dec
That is a real shame that your coupons aren't going to be honoured. Even if you get your money or whatever it is still an inconvenience.
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• Derby, England
1 Dec
We are still waiting fr the money back!!
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@maezee (27764)
• United States
30 Nov
Thats too bad about the hotel visit. Sorry to hear it. I occasionally usr Groupon and have never had a problem
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• Derby, England
1 Dec
We have never had any issues with Groupon either - this was wowcher but they have been good too usually
• Prairieville, Louisiana
1 Dec
I bought my sams club membership from groupon.
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@bluesa (12710)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
1 Dec
I haven't used these sites, but sorry about the meal at the smart hotel in London falling through. Thank goodness you have another chance for the night away.
• Derby, England
1 Dec
Yes we were fed up it was a six course meal each for £25 and it should have been around £70 each
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@bluesa (12710)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
2 Dec
@catsholiday, I would be fed up too.
3 Dec
I have used them on occasion. Once in a blue I've had a bad experience, most have worked out in my favor
• Derby, England
3 Dec
@acrogodess I found that I have never lost money but sometimes just got a credit from the company which is fine but in this case I want a refund as it was around £150 so quite a lot to have as a credit
@LoriAMoore (9922)
• United States
2 Dec
Yes, I've had nothing but positive experiences with Groupon both on goods and discounts for things like spa services, etc. I've not heard of Wowcher.
• Derby, England
3 Dec
@LoriAMoore My experiencs with Groupon have also been good and also with Wowcher so far. Watch this space !!
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@marlina (62086)
• Canada
3 Dec
I have never used those sites.