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GROUPON sued over expiration dates

submitted on March 2, 2011 by orangearrows in "Stores / Merchants"
I agree - I think that if the coupon expires then you should at least get the value you paid. It should not be forfeited completely.

A potential class action lawsuit has been filed against Chicago-based daily coupon dealer Groupon.

The complaint, filed Tuesday in federal court in Chicago, challenges the legality of putting expiration dates on a Groupon deal. Groupon sends offers for daily deals at local restaurants or stores.

Clayton Halunen is an attorney who filed the lawsuit. He said Groupon portrays itself as a coupon, but, really, Halunen said it's a gift certificate, since consumers pay for the discount. And there are laws against having expiration dates on gift certificates.


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    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on March 2, 2011
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    Orange, by including the URL in the quote block, you are breaking your link. (fixed)
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    roxytang
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    Posted by roxytang on March 2, 2011
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    I think this is just one of many frivolous law suits.
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    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on March 3, 2011
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    I think since these coupons or groupons are purchased like gift cards ( which are 50% off) they should be treated like them too. I don't like the idea of losing the value of the money you paid.
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    Posted by mooncow728 on March 3, 2011
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    My opinion is that most do not expire for at least 6 months after purchasing. If you haven't used it by then, then you are probably not ever going to use it. Businesses use groupons to try and get new customers and I don't think they should be forced to let people use them forever, especially with the ones for manicures or such at a certain price. As time passes, prices go up. Why should a merchant have to let you use a groupon for a manicure that you bought a decade ago for a ridiculously low price? Also businesses change ownership, sometimes frequently, and the new owner would then be obligated to honor these groupons that he was never paid for. I agree that people should have plenty of time to use them but 6 months seems pretty fair to me.
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    Posted by orangearrows on March 3, 2011
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    "If you haven't used it by then, then you are probably not ever going to use it"
    -- Not true in all cases. I bought a groupon 6 months ago - was valid for a year. I am still planning on using it.

    "Why should a merchant have to let you use a groupon for a manicure that you bought a decade ago for a ridiculously low price?"
    ---If the prices at the store went up - having the groupon does not give the customer an edge - instead it lowers it. If you have a $50 groupon - after a decade - $50 is going to fetch you less and not more.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on March 3, 2011
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      "Why should a merchant have to let you use a groupon for a manicure that you bought a decade ago for a ridiculously low price?"
      ---If the prices at the store went up - having the groupon does not give the customer an edge - instead it lowers it. If you have a $50 groupon - after a decade - $50 is going to fetch you less and not more.

      I see what you mean there but I was talking about the groupons that you pay for a voucher to get a manicure (or anything for that matter) for a lower price. For instance it normally costs $30 at the location and the groupon sells for $10. A decade later if that groupon doesn't expire, the customer still has a voucher to receive a manicure.
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on March 4, 2011
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      True - I Agree - I think some of them DO have an expiration date of 5 years ( fine print mentions that) - that should be fair IMHO.

      Losing all the value is something which should be regulated.
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      Posted by clover on March 5, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      I would use the deals quickly because many of the business's are new and there is a chance that they won't make it down the road because of the economy. I see a lot of establishments close up in Orlando because of the competition. Restaurants in particular.

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