Groupon.com offers savings at local businesses

December 4, 2009 10:52:17 AM PST
Nancy Carliner of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, wasn't in the habit of treating herself to one-hour Swedish massages, until she found a way she could get them for about half-price.

Nancy and hundreds of other people in the Philadelphia area have discovered Groupon.com.

Every day, Groupon emails its members a discount offer from a merchant in their area. If enough members agree to purchase that offer, they all can take advantage of the discount.

Nancy paid $75 for two one-hour Swedish massages. The regular price would be $140.

For business owners, like Everlasting Spa owner Weber Huang, it's a great way to get the word out to new potential customers.

"I actually have customers coming over from the Philadelphia area," Weber explains. "And a lot of customers haven't been here and never knew that we were here. But we get a lot of exposure."

Nancy says she's now a Groupon groupie, who checks her email every day to find out what deal is being offered.

"Since then I've bought several other Groupons. I got a cookie bouquet and dance lessons," she says.

Other recent deals on Groupon's Philadelphia site include $20 worth of ice cream for $10 at More than Just Ice Cream, a $42 one-day Paintball package for $20, and a $50 kitchen and bathroom cleaning for $20.

There's no fee to join Groupon, you just have to give them your email. To learn more and sign up, click here.


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