I have seen this around quite a bit. But, it wasn't until I read from Wine Me, Dine Me that Groupon is now in Cincinnati that peaked my interest!

Groupon is a site similar to the site I shared a long time ago, Half Off Deals. You can essentially purchase a gift certificate or service for varying types of establishments for substantially reduced prices. For example, there was previously a Groupon for a local salon to purchase a $100 Massage Treatment for just $39. They have several participating cities so visit the “View More Cities” tab at the top of the page.

The trick is that the deals are only valid for that day. So, if you think you are going to want to take advantage, you should probably buy it at that point. Sometimes they will even sell out so that makes the timing even more imperative if it is something you really want. You can view past deals under the “Recent Offers” tab to get an idea what types of offers have been available for your location.

There is also a referral progam. For any person you refer, who makes a qualifying purchase, you receive a $10 Groupon Credit to spend on a purchase. So send your personal referral link to your friends if you know they would be interested. The thing I love about social media now is that you don't need a blog to take advantage of these referral benefits! Share it on Facebook, Twitter, My Space, email, wherever. Most referral programs can be promoted in whatever means works for you!

I don't see any offers currently available that I'm interested in. I guess I'm just holding out hope for that nice steak house or possibly a cleaning service groupon. Yes, I'm all for the cleaning service groupon…someday, right??!!

Have you purchased a Groupon yet? How was your experience?


  1. K on February 10, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    The first offering was on 1/25: a $30 certificate for $12 at Slatt’s restaurant in Blue Ash. I purchased one, but have yet to use it….

    I have signed up on their site for their RSS feed, so I have gotten the info on each daily offering since then….the offerings since the first day have been lackluster, IMO. Some of the offerings are a bit narrow in who would be interested (rock climbing) or the business is geographically remote from the majority of Cincinnati(tanning in Maineville).

    *HOWEVER* I love the concept and am sure that I will eventually purchase another….

    Basically the site works that each day a new deal is offered. A certain number (this varies) of people must commit to purchase before anyone can get the deal…i.e. the deal “tips”. The deal is available until midnight that day.
    One thing that I definitely prefer over some of the other sites is you aren’t “competing” against other people (e.g. you don’t have to sit at your computer obsessively and maniacally type in your credit card info to beat someone else to the punch…). Additionally, I don’t think that the deal can “sell out” as mentioned in Andrea’s post (this is true w/ other deal sites however….another plus for Groupon, IMO)……I believe it is unlimited. Additionally, you can purchase multiple certificates.

  2. lynn @ Maven of Savin on February 11, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I love them and have been with them for a while in Boston. There are dud deals, but there are some good ones too! I went on a schooner cruise, I got $30 of wine for $15 – haven’t bought it yet – though I could use some now -LOL! Also got a good mani/pedi deal which I am hoping to use soon. I do not usually spend money on my self so that was one I earned with my referrals.

    It is an awesome concept and you never know what will pop in your inbox each morning.

  3. tami on February 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I have taken an architecture tour and eaten for a great deal in Chicago – I think Groupon is great!

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