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Great Group Buy Deals vs Not-So-Great Deals – Vol 1

It’s Wednesday today, the furthest day from the weekend. It’s the day where your memories of last weekend are getting harder to recall and it’s the day where you feel this weekend can’t come soon enough. Well, what better way to get through the hump day than to get in on a great deal (okay, a few Martinis will also do the trick but this is a blog about deals, unless you plan on reading this with a few Martinis, in which case, carry on!)

$118 for a Golden Harvest Cinemas ticket and Snack Combo for 2! 2x regular 2D movie tickets PLUS a BEECRAZY Combo (1x mini popcorn+ 2x mini coke)! Limited offer! (Value up to $180)I love deals! It means getting something you want for less than you would have paid for it, or had to have paid because you just needed it. Either way, less money spent means more in your pockets. This is why I think Golden Harvest Cinemas Ticket Set from BEECRAZY is a pretty great deal. I know I’ll be watching a movie at the theatres at least once in the next 3 months and I’m 99.999% sure I’ll be getting popcorn when I’m watching the movie so why not take advantage of a group buy deal that gives me a discount for something I was going to pay full price on anyways?! 2 movie tickets, 2 drinks, and a popcorn for $118…sold!

A classic service: a spa pedicure and express manicure, in a classic salon: Om Day SpaFor the ladies, hump days call for relaxation and pampering (fine, everyday welcomes relaxation and pampering)! This is why the Spa Pedicure and Express Manicure at Om Day Spa from Twangoo also falls under the great deal category. It’s a quick and simple retreat out of the concrete jungle that Hong Kong can sometimes be and it won’t break your bank. You’re either already accustomed to this classic pampering service or you’re interested to try it out, and now’s the perfect chance. A 75-min pedi & mani for $260 is … whoops, sorry for cutting off there but I had to quickly complete the purchase for the deal.

$20000 CÉLINE Tri-Color Mini Luggage Handbag Olive ($25000 value)I wish I could say every group buy deal is that great but unfortunately, that’s just not the case. A classic example of a not-so-great group buy deal is CÉLINE Tri-Color Mini Luggage Handbag from Groupon. Sure, we love Groupon but the deal is $20,000! Not sure about the folks here in the Deals Hong Kong community, but the last time I checked, I didn’t see an extra $20,000 sitting miraculously in my wallet or hidden in between the crack the couch cushions. Am I the only one wondering if a $20,000 handbag is really that necessary? Even if you said yes, is it so necessary that it requires a group deal for it?

Well there you have it, the great deals today and the not-so-great deal. Cheer up – it’s only 2 days before the day before the weekend. See, when you say it like that, you’re almost there. Until next time, happy deal hunting!

Daily Deals: Worth the Rage, a Personal Encounter

For my day off from work, I decided to cash in on a manicure/pedicure deal I purchased for a local spa in Central Hong Kong. Not only was the experience relaxing in itself, but even more rewarding because I remembered I just paid less than half of the spa’s everyday price for this service. When I bought this deal, I was given the option to suggest it to two friends to be rewarded with $50 worth of credit. I turned around and put that credit towards $150 worth of food at my favorite eatery. And on and on and on…..

hong kong manicure pedicureOnce scrutinized for turning to the web for Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, and ideas for family activities, my family and friends have now all joined in the group buying movement. In exchange for discounts, sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial promise merchants to deliver spikes in clientele. Being skeptical at first, I only bought local restaurant deals for my family to use. After having nothing but positive results and customer service, I now wake up awaiting delivery of these daily deals in my Inbox. I have bought everything from deep discounts on vacation spots, passes to rides at the local city park, clothing boutique deals, and gun range vouchers for my husband. I have yet to be disappointed.

But the huge discounts aren’t where the sites stop. Some of these group buying sites make it possible to go coupon-free. I can actually display the coupon on my phone at the establishment, and leave the hassle of printing out a coupon at home. There are, however minor, downsides to these deals. First, most of them come with an expiration date of about six months from the purchase date. Second, some deals restrict the number of coupons purchased per person. For example, if you bought more than two coupons for a certain salon, you were required to use them all on the same visit.

With the rewards system a majority of these sites provide (i.e., crediting you $100 for recommending two friends), the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. LivingSocial, for example, gives you the entire deal for FREE if you encourage three friends to sign up for the site and buy that deal. Moreover, the site also gives you $40 credit towards any future deals just for having friends sign up for the site (which is free!).

This has become one of the hottest trends online, and is made even more so by the rise in social media. I definitely use my personal networks to clue friends in on the latest deals. We also have seen a rise in our social lives, getting together to partake in our great discounts.