LivingSocial – My New Experiment: This was something that I stumbled upon browsing around the Internet the other day. It’s called Living Social. Apparently I’m late to the party on this one because most of my friends already knew about it.
What is “LivingSocial”?
Basically, it’s a website offering daily deals that allows the customer to purchase a voucher that is redeemable at businesses. The cool part is the variety of things you can use it on. Well, not really. The cool part is the savings! After cruising around on the site, I found savings ranges (on average!) of 45%. That’s wild. Check them out here: Click me!
Here are some of the things they offer on this site:
- New products
- Home goods
How I plan to use this program
My wife and I like to travel and go out to places to eat. We prefer experiences vs. material goods. After browsing around, I found a few interesting things such as:
- Dinner deals (like “Unlimited Sushi” for $20 – 50% savings!)
- Hotel deals (stay in awesome hotels for $100/night)
- Novel travel experiences (Oktoberfest, Hot Air Balloons, Archery)
“Beers, pretzels, and flying? Sign me up.”
“I heard (insert comment) about this company!”
If you look up some simple things like “is Living Social legit?”, you’ll find a bunch of people writing reviews on them. Some people like to hammer the negative stuff: “These guys are a bunch of crooks because …” However, you can usually read through the lines and see that it was customer error that voided their deal.
Either way, your mileage will vary. It’s a large company that is well funded. I highly doubt they’re a bunch of scammers.
Isn’t this what Groupon is…?
For year, LivingSocial and Groupon were competitors. However, Groupon acquired LivingSocial back in 2016.
Who is this good for?
From what I can tell, Living Social has the ability to appeal to anyone. Young, old, kids, no kids. It doesn’t seem to matter. There are plenty of activities for children and adults. The dinner and travel deals appeal to me because that’s what I enjoy.
I plan to try out one of these deals and see the cash savings. An approach that I thought of would be to call the place first and confirm their original pricing. Then get the voucher and compare to see if it is actually a deal.
That’s about it.
I think this will be a fun way to enjoy novel things for a fairly acceptable price tag.
Polling the audience
Considering the rest of my friends knew about this before I did – what has your experience with Living Social been like? Do you still use them? Did you enjoy using them? Leave a comment let me know!
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