I just finished reading an article in my latest issue of Rebook magazine (August 2012 issue pg. 64). There is an article that tells the three things they suggest you avoid buying with a Groupon. All three are pretty much medical procedures. I have to say I completely agree with Redbook on this one. There are just some things I would prefer to either shell out the money on our use my insurance to help defray costs. I think about the times I have been to a business and they seem to not be very well informed that they were to expect Groupons being used. Then they seem to be a bit put off by it and treat me like “one of those coupon ladies.”
Now on the whole I have to say this has not been my experience. Usually companies are very nice and are happy that Groupon helped bring them a customer that may never have tried out their company before. But I would really hate to have to go in for something like a Lasik surgery where someone is dealing with something like my eyesight and be irritated with me!
I once was at a local Rotary Club auction. There was a doctor there that was auctioning off his services for a Vasectomy. A man at my table said there is NO WAY I would be bidding on that. I said “Why still hoping for my babies in your future?” He said, “No it is more along the lines of I really don’t want to be paying for a discounted surgery in that area. Forget it I want that Doctor to know I paid full price and expect him to do a really good job!” It made me laugh but also helps to illustrate the point. Beyond wanting the doctor to know that you are rewarding him for his services by paying full price I also think I prefer to know that doctor’s history. I want referrals on Yelp or other sites from happy customers. Buying a deal with Groupon sometimes you can get caught up in the “deal” aspect of it and forget that you don’t know a thing about this particular doctor.
So I would love to hear your thought would you buy a medical procedure off Groupon? Or what things would you not buy from Groupon?