Our daughter has recently introduced us to Groupon — sort of. What she did was pass on to us a groupon coupon that she had purchased but couldn’t get around to using. She had purchased $30 buying power for $20 at a garden centre one town over.
So, the Cupster and AC drove down to this centre on Sunday to see what we could see and buy what we could buy. We discovered that the centre had a great special on: buy-one-get-one-for-one-penny. Naturally, however, in the spirit of competitive free enterprise we were informed that we would be ineligible to combine the two specials. In a consumer-friendly manner it was explained that it was an either-or situation: we could use the either the groupon or opt for the one-penny sale.
We decided on using the the prepaid groupon rather that letting it go to pot (as it were) and ended up choosing a rather nice potted arrangement of various white flowers to further adorn the garden at the front of the house. Priced at $29.99, that seemed to us to take care of the $30 groupon rather nicely — or so a naive, uniformed grouponsumer might think. As I was standing in the payout line, however, groupon happily in hand, the saleslady walked by and tsk-tsk’ed me by saying that I needed to spend $30 to use the groupon.
When I asked her, somewhat shirtily, what I could purchase for the amount of 1¢ to make up the monumental difference, she relented. Not totally happily, mind you.
Daughter reports that our experience is not typical. Nevertheless, I am here to sorrily report that my first encounter with the system does not exactly induce me to click back to Groupon with eager anticipation.
But, then again, I am not the sharpest thorn in the rosebush, even though, by times, I can be a bit prickly — so to speak.