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2013-10-25 11:35:21 AM  
You mean businesses and people realize that deal sites are a bad deal? No way.
 
2013-10-25 11:45:54 AM  
It served a useful purpose in alerting everyone that the market is entirely too saturated with day spas.
 
2013-10-25 11:51:07 AM  
Thank goodness. This business model needs to die, and die horribly.
 
2013-10-25 12:06:25 PM  
The more of this "social marketing" and other shiatty web services that die the better

Pop-ups, banner ads, constant chatter about "like us on Facebook" or "How do you feel--post on our web site and let us know" is all a cacauphonus din that is the that irritates me every day.
 
2013-10-25 12:08:39 PM  
I wonder how Google's Gmail update affected their business? I signed up for Groupon, but ended up getting daily "deals" from a few companies. Now, all are circularly filed in my Gmail Promotions bin, which never gets checked.
 
2013-10-25 12:29:11 PM  
How do they lose money if they don't provide anything?
 
2013-10-25 12:56:58 PM  

stewbert: I wonder how Google's Gmail update affected their business? I signed up for Groupon, but ended up getting daily "deals" from a few companies. Now, all are circularly filed in my Gmail Promotions bin, which never gets checked.


Yep.  I understand that a lot of online-heavy businesses have been crippled by Gmail's new filter change.  MeetUp and those job search sites are the big ones.  I used to visit MeetUp almost every day whenever I get a notice, but now almost never.  And job sites like Monster.com are getting creative by framing their emails as friendly personal messages, so not to get filtered out.  Other sites sent emails to me literally just begging me to remove them from the Gmail promotional filter.
 
2013-10-25 01:02:54 PM  

fickenchucker: The more of this "social marketing" and other shiatty web services that die the better

Pop-ups, banner ads, constant chatter about "like us on Facebook" or "How do you feel--post on our web site and let us know" is all a cacauphonus din that is the that irritates me every day.


Don't most web browsers come with built-in pop-up blockers now?  Yes, sometimes the pop-up blocker isn't perfect as sometimes legitmate pop-ups are blocked, but you can fix that quite easily.  Both Firefox and Chrome have ad-blocking extensions to block banner ads, but I can see why some people will choose not to use the banner ad-blocking extension.
 
2013-10-25 02:03:22 PM  
Does anybody use Amazon Local?  I noticed they started sending those to my email a couple months ago.
 
2013-10-25 02:06:27 PM  
This is why I put all of my money in Groupon.
 
2013-10-25 02:21:52 PM  

BalugaJoe: How do they lose money if they don't provide anything?


Foosball tables don't just magically appear in break rooms by themselves.
 
2013-10-25 02:50:27 PM  

47 is the new 42: fickenchucker: The more of this "social marketing" and other shiatty web services that die the better

Pop-ups, banner ads, constant chatter about "like us on Facebook" or "How do you feel--post on our web site and let us know" is all a cacauphonus din that irritates me every day.

Don't most web browsers come with built-in pop-up blockers now?  Yes, sometimes the pop-up blocker isn't perfect as sometimes legitmate pop-ups are blocked, but you can fix that quite easily.  Both Firefox and Chrome have ad-blocking extensions to block banner ads, but I can see why some people will choose not to use the banner ad-blocking extension.


Some of these FARK links go to places that have the dynamic ads growing on the screen, etc.  I hate them all, hate the lame sites that require spam, hate spam, hate Foursquare, Groupon, Living Social, Facebook, Twitter.  I hate people's need to put their weird lives online and wonder why you won't reply to their pithy FB comments.  '

I hate shiatty writers saying they're authors when they've sold three copies of a shiatty digital edition, and two were to their parents because mom forgot she already had it.

I hate the invasive marketing and the movement towards targeted ads on your phones by tracking everything you do.  I hate the oppressive bombardment of messages to buy shiat.  Thank God for the DVR revolution and command-plussing of windows to squeeze out ads on the side.
 
2013-10-25 02:57:53 PM  

KipperM: Does anybody use Amazon Local?  I noticed they started sending those to my email a couple months ago.


Like most deal sites, they'll occasionally have a deal that is too good to pass up.  I bought an Amazon Local that was basically ten free dollars at my grocery store.  Now that I think about it, I think that's why I even know about Living Social -- they offered $10 to get $20 worth of Amazon money or somesuch, I think.

Unfortunately, deals like that are less than one in a thousand; it's not even worth visiting the site or reading the emails to look for them, just use them if they end up in your face.
 
2013-10-25 03:46:54 PM  

The Banana Thug: stewbert: I wonder how Google's Gmail update affected their business? I signed up for Groupon, but ended up getting daily "deals" from a few companies. Now, all are circularly filed in my Gmail Promotions bin, which never gets checked.

Yep.  I understand that a lot of online-heavy businesses have been crippled by Gmail's new filter change.  MeetUp and those job search sites are the big ones.  I used to visit MeetUp almost every day whenever I get a notice, but now almost never.  And job sites like Monster.com are getting creative by framing their emails as friendly personal messages, so not to get filtered out.  Other sites sent emails to me literally just begging me to remove them from the Gmail promotional filter.


I'm sure google would be happy to let them bypass the filter for a nominal fee
 
2013-10-25 04:12:04 PM  
Nice headline subs
 
2013-10-25 04:42:51 PM  
The real losers here are the tax-paying citizens of DC, who are being robbed blind by the City Council's desperate cash give-aways to Living Social in a foolish and failed attempt to keep the company solvent and minimize layoffs.

Just like Living Social itself, that's not a fair, sustainable or smart business model.  If you rely on less-than-zero tax incentives to keep businesses in your city, you end up actually losing money.  Those people would have gotten jobs somewhere else, probably in DC.  The company sucks up public services and instead of paying its fair share it actually gets positive cash flow FROM the DC government.  That's bullshiat.  It's going to end up closing and/or leaving anyway and DC will never get its money back.
 
2013-10-25 06:14:12 PM  
I live just outside DC, and have bought a few traditional deals through LivingSocial, but recently bought one of their "in-house" deals for a cooking class at their classroom-type building in DC. I immediately sensed that they were spending unsustainably... it reeked of late 90's dot-com style spending. The building was overly decorated and full of wall-mounted LCDs displaying nothing of value. There was a abundance of employees standing around doing little, and much of the building's space (and DC real estate is not cheap) seemed wasted for just a few classrooms.
 
2013-10-25 06:20:42 PM  

dukeblue219: I live just outside DC, and have bought a few traditional deals through LivingSocial, but recently bought one of their "in-house" deals for a cooking class at their classroom-type building in DC. I immediately sensed that they were spending unsustainably... it reeked of late 90's dot-com style spending. The building was overly decorated and full of wall-mounted LCDs displaying nothing of value. There was a abundance of employees standing around doing little, and much of the building's space (and DC real estate is not cheap) seemed wasted for just a few classrooms.


You should gis Groupon's Chicago headquarters.    It's a monument and shrine  to the current grand-scale human atrocity known as "geek chic"  *shudders*
 
2013-10-25 06:58:11 PM  
As the adage goes, if you're getting the service for free, you're not the consumer, you're the product.
 
2013-10-25 09:43:10 PM  
Living Social is just an upscale Groupon. However, both have failing business models. Both sucker businesses into offering a product at 1/4 of the going price, then turn around and sell it for 1/2 of the going price.

Businesses lose money for hopefully gaining new customers. Well, that's the pitch. Except the new customers are all cheap bastards who now expect a super-low price and will never come back at the normal price.

Of course, Living Social has it worse because they have to try soaking the businesses that were already burned by Groupon, or had stood back and watched others get burned. Seeing that they're bleeding money still, isn't a shock.
 
2013-10-25 10:20:04 PM  

fickenchucker: The more of this "social marketing" and other shiatty web services that die the better

Pop-ups, banner ads, constant chatter about "like us on Facebook" or "How do you feel--post on our web site and let us know" is all a cacauphonus din that is the that irritates me every day.



This word makes me happy.
 
2013-10-25 11:15:57 PM  
is this where we watch websites die?
 
2013-10-26 03:09:36 AM  

fickenchucker: The more of this "social marketing" and other shiatty web services that die the better

Pop-ups, banner ads, constant chatter about "like us on Facebook" or "How do you feel--post on our web site and let us know" is all a cacauphonus din that is the that irritates me every day.


This is the natural outcome of "the service economy" instead of manufacturing goods people actulally need. You have to attention whore to compete in markets nobody wants.
 
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