Monday, 16 March 2015

6 Tips to shop on Groupon

Groupon has become my good friend recently.. She (I assume Groupon is female because she is linked to shopping) emails me every morning when I am on my way to work, and sends one or two more emails later on in the day. During waiting time while travelling/at work/during meals, I will check my email and browse through groupon's newletter. So yes, newletters do work to a certain extent if you are wondering.
Everyday, I get tempted to buy soooooo many deals while browsing.. HOW CAN ANYONE NOT BE TEMPTED WHEN SO MOST STUFFS ARE CHEAPER BY AT LEAST 50%???? And when I decide to buy something in the spur of the moment, my purchase is complete within seconds because they already have my credit card information saved in my account. No time for thinking twice hahaha.
Got to know my newest favourite ice cream via Groupon - MILKCOW!!!
1-for-1 pretty froyo which taste as good or better than llao llao...
Pretty good korean food at almost 50% off!
1-for-1 korean soft serve again!
As much as I like groupon, I always feel very insecure when I purchase my groupon deal. I won't know if the food is good or not, whether they use proper equipments for beauty treatments, whether if the shop will close down before I use my deal, whether the product is authentic or has no defects, etc etc etc. This is because I had a couple of bad experiences at a manicure shop and food place years ago, nothing too serious, just food that was not nice and my 3d nail art dropped out 5 minutes after I left the shop.
So here are a few tips on how to shop on Groupon!

1) Read the fine print

You need to know quite a number of things! Here's what I can recall at the moment, but of course there are more.. Just read the whole thing ok??
  • expiry date
  • what you are entitled to when you purchase the deal
  • terms & conditions
  • age restrictions
  • which branch is the deal redeemable at
  • if you can redeem by phone or if you need a hard copy
  • any additional peak period charges
  • if it is cheaper for 2 pax
  • if you can use multiple vouchers.

2) Call them.

(If can, before you buy the deal.) To be honest, some of the fine prints are so ambiguous. Call them, whatever single thing you are unsure of, just call. They can't see your face anyway haha!
I remember wanting to buy an eyelash extensions groupon deal a couple of years ago, and the deal stated Korean eyelash extensions (but never state if it is cluster or single lash type of extensions). I called the shop to ask and in the end the staff told me to top up money to get better quality lashes or single lash extensions. I went to compare the price of the deal + top up with their regular service menu, the price is THE SAME. I skipped buying that deal (that is not even a real deal) in the end
Also, I bought an unlimited IPL hair removal package.Guess what, they hardly pick up the phone to accept appointments, and they didn't get back to me when I made an appointment online. My friend finally got through to them on the phone, and the next earliest appointment slot (non-working hours) is a freaking 3 months later. So I say, book your appointment before you purchase the deal. #playcheat #kiasu But you gotta protect your own interest first! And nothing wrong with making your appointment early as long as you did turn up for your slot in the end ya..

3) Sign up for their newsletter/ get discount codes/ download the mobile app

No doubt newletters are a marketing technique, and no doubt you may get spammed with 2-3 emails daily. However, this is the best way to get updates of the new or popular deals to your preference and also be the first to know their limited time discount codes. I know some people might find newletters spammy, but this is not a problem for me since gmail filters newletters into the "Promotions" folder, and I will only go in to browse when I have the time. If you're not using gmail, you are seriously missing out haha! You can also customise the newletters you will receive, so you won't have to look at deals that you won't need. I like "Beauty", "Spa and wellness" , "Food and Beverages" and "Singapore City" deals.
For discount codes, they are usually only valid for about 2 days max, so do check your newletters especially if there is a deal that you've been eyeing. 10 or 20% on top of the discounted deal price on groupon is really a steal!
On a sidenote, if you're on your phone most of the time, the groupon app will also make your browsing experience better! And purchases can be made with just 2 to 3 clicks (omg too convenient maybe haha!)..

4) Google is your best friend

Feeling uncertain? Not sure if you should purchase a certain groupon deal? Google is here to help. You can google for the shop's reviews or even some blogger's groupon reviews (if you're lucky), and I'm sure the reviews will be able to help you make your decision. Also, some company might engage more than one deal website to sell their deals, so you can find out if a similar deal is selling at a cheaper price elsewhere thanks to dear google. I will be sharing about my groupon deal experiences soon, since I've bought and redeemed quite a number of deals recently! :)

5) Connecting your credit card (or not)

I'm gonna contradict myself here for this point.
Connect your credit card to your account, and purchases can be made with a breeze. I noticed that I don't even need to provide any verification code or whatnot when I make my purchase. Less than 3 clicks (in less than a minute), how convenient! LIKE!
However, this may also worsens a shopaholic's financial situation since purchases can be made so easily. Or you might even buy a deal without knowing because it is THAT convenient. If you are really on a tight budget, a shopaholic or a careless person, do disconnect your card after every purchase. Troublesome, but better than spending unnecessary money right?

6) Shop via ShopBack for greater savings

ShopBack is a third party website that offers cashback to customers who shop at their merchant stores by clicking through them. They have quite a list of merchants, and Groupon is actually one of their top merchants, yay to more savings! Shopping at Groupon with ShopBack will earn you 4.0% of cashback on top of the savings from Groupon, savings on top of savings, who don't want?
When I was first introduced to ShopBack, I was afraid that it will be very troublesome to shop through them. However, I realised that it is pretty straightfoward!
Firstly, we have to create an account on ShopBack which can be done in seconds by logging in with our Facebook accounts. Next, to shop on Groupon, simply go to Groupon deals page and click on the red "Get Cashback" button to start shopping!
You'll see this page redirecting you to Groupon's website. When Groupon's site is fully loaded, you can shop as per normal and check back for your cashback in 1 day at Shopback's website.
Do take note to enable cookies, clear cache and use the same device throughout to get your cashback smoothly! If you're still unsure of how Shopback work, do read up at their site! :)
Okay so that's all for today. I hope these tips will help you with your purchases! I'll be coming up with groupon reviews soon, mainly food, do keep a look out for my reviews~ I've discovered my new favourite ice cream via groupon by the way haha!!!
Some deal reviews to look forward to:
  • MilkCow Ice Cream
  • Ajumma Korean Food
  • DanmiSoft Ice Cream
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Milk n Honey Yoghurt
  • Ginza Calla unlimited underarm + bikini line hair removal
  • Lolita Beauty Eyelash extensions (if I can dig out my old photos)

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