This morning I made another calculated purchase on an online group buying site. I know I’ve told myself that I would try to stay away from buying online but I couldn’t help it.
Ok, time to fess up…I haven’t been staying away. I’ve been constantly checking for good deals. To be perfectly honest, I bought several deals this week…other than the shoe racks.
However, I always buy stuff and services that I will definitely use. As I’ve said in the past, I’ve purchased spa deals, hotel stays, resto vouchers…etc etc.
My latest purchase was for 3 Amazing Shoe Racks. I actually saw them before on one of my fave buying sites but before I could purchase, the deal closed. This week it was offered again on a different site and I didn’t let the chance pass this time.
I seriously think this is one of those AHA moments because…I love shoes. I can never manage to fix my shoe cabinet. Plus the fact that it is..a cabinet…I always have to put in those moisture absorbers otherwise my cabinet will smell like..never mind.
So a shoe rack that is out in the open is what I need. And guess what, each rack is good for 30 shoes!!! Gives me reason to fill it up. Hello Payless!! Hello MyLeather.com for wholesale shoes!! Hello Zappos!!
And no…I’m not using the racks as an excuse to buy more shoes..hehehehe!!
Online shopping is..to people like me…a heaven sent. You don’t necessarily have to buy immediately. Just like when we go window shopping. But now we can do it in the comfort of our own bedroom..without having to get dressed.
But when a deal is too good to pass up, even I succumb. Much the same way when you see something on sale at a store and you really really like it..if your wallet permits, then it will be yours.
However, getting duped is more common when shopping online. Why? Because all you see are pictures. You aren’t really sure about the quality of the thing you’re buying. For instance, when you go out to buy stainless steel necklaces, you can see and feel whether it’s the real deal and not some cheapo piece of jewelry made with ordinary wire.
I’m trying my hardest not to blow my top again. In fact, I haven’t written a single email to follow up my last request. Why? Because that will open up another can of worms and the volley of emails will repeat itself once again which, naturally, will get my blood boiling…which I don’t want to happen.
Lucky for them my mind has been rather preoccupied. Otherwise, I would be posting beautifully worded rants on their FB page in big glaring letters.
In the meantime, I decided to buy those same treatments but this time I bought it straight from the merchant. And it isn’t as expensive as I thought it would be. I got the same number of treatments for a little over what I paid from that no-good deal site.
Lesson learned, find out if these deals are as real as they claim to be. For all you know, the merchant behind the deal can offer you the same price without having to go through a groupon site.
It is no secret that I’m a big fan of groupon sites. I have all my fave groupon sites bookmarked on my laptop and I have subscribed to their email updates so as not to miss out on any of those great deals. There is not one day that I don’t check.
To date, I’ve bought resto vouchers, spa vouchers, warts removal, facials, diamond peels, hotel stays, food vouchers, and slimming vouchers. I have yet to check out those electronics, house and home deals, and wheels for sale. They can’t be far behind, you know.
So far I have been quite happy with the deals that I have made. Except for that one vacation deal that I got and the hotel didn’t turn out as impressive as it did on the website. The silver lining was that my kids enjoyed the stay so I let that pass.
I was on a winning streak until this weekend. I bought several vouchers from Metrodeal for a slimming deal that would compliment the previous slimming deal that I got several months ago. Supposedly, these 2 treatments go hand in hand to produce better results. Great!! Without thinking twice, I was emptying my Paypal account to buy those 2nd set of vouchers. As soon as I got the confirmation that my purchase went through, I immediately called the number of the slimming center to make my appointments. I was informed that the center that I was planning to visit was already closed. This posed a bit of a problem because the other 2 centers that were mentioned are just too far and inconvenient for me to visit. Read more
I’m a groupon junky. I’ll be the very first to admit that I scour all the local groupon sites daily to see if there are good deals.
I’ve always been a sucker for anything on sale. And I learned about coupons while on a 2-month vacation in the US when I was a teenager. I remember scouring the Sunday newspaper for deals and cutting out coupons for almost anything. While my hosts (an aunt) deplored the Sunday paper because it was so voluminous, I loved it. I loved the catalogues that came with it. Grocery coupons, drugstore coupons, Target coupons, you name it, I probably cut it out.
Now that groupon shopping is the “in” thing to do, I am so in the bandwagon. I have a brown envelope stuffed with the deals I have availed of. Facial treatments, massages, restos, foot spas, hotels, etc etc etc. I actually have to stop myself sometimes or I’d rack up a ginormous credit card bill if I don’t.
Oh wait…I think I just saw a deal on music lessons!!!