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Monday, March 04, 2013

Beware of the Deal

By Suzanne O'Connor

Like many of you I have signed up for every “deal” website there is. Groupon, Living Social, Amazon Local and others. Many of them have merged, some have changed their names and some have quietly disappeared.

I have bought some great buys through deal sites. But that said, I read all the small print and check to see what the real going rates are for the services that is being provided at a “deal”.

Lately it seems that the real deals are fewer and fewer. The comparison prices have become way over inflated.  $137 for exterior window cleaning for $59 .... Really?!! I’ve had 2 quotes for my 18 windows at $70-$80… Not near $137. They’d clean both the inside and outside window, clean the screens and window sills. Plus I’ve actually seen the work and they do a good job.

The problem is that these “deal” sites often take 50% of the revenue from the deals offered. At the end, leaving the business offering the deal with a hefty loss.  Most small business these days cannot absorb a loss, so they have to inflate the regular costs so they can break even.

On top of that falsehood, some businesses cannot handle the large influx of new customers and end up not being able to full fill their end of the agreement. And some “deals” are just plan old “con” jobs. You must do your homework before you sign up. If a deal sounds too good to be true,…..be skeptical

The other side of the problem is that many of us don’t use our “Deals” after we purchase them. So make sure this is something you really want and will use in the allotted time.

My last “Deal” purchase was a series of Cardio Barre classes in Eagle Rock. I’m happily using them every week and when I run out, I will more than likely continue at the regular class price…..until I find another better deal.

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