Location-Based Coupons: Lots Of Deals But Not All Are Good
I recently tried to redeemed a coupon that I bought off LivingSocial. It's for a restaurant called Cafe 322 in Southern California. I had hope to write about my wonderful experience there but it was not the case. In fact, we did not mange to get in.
The reason was that there was a coverage charge to get into the place, something that LS forget to mention. And on top of that, while the email described it as a Finnish restaurant, it was selling pizza and pasta. Even a sign on the cafe said "Italian".
On top of that, it was a very loud place and we had children with us. We thought about sitting outside but there were people there. And there is no smoking allowed in restaurants in California.
While I hope to go back before my coupon expires (which I think is probably not legal to have an expiration date), you really have to be careful with what appears to be good deals on LivingSocial, Groupon, or other up-and-coming companies that offer these deals.
I got a couple AMC movie ticket yesterday for $4 each. That was a good deal. But these are and far in between the massage and manicure coupons.
So, my suggestion is to watch out. Do a lot of research. I did so for Cafe 322 but apparently it was not enough. Apparently, there were a few Yelp reviewers who used their LS coupon there and the rating was just par.
I think it's important that LS and Groupon also provide a feedback on user experiences so they themselves can see who they want to associate with.