But Kathryn, I LOVE Group Buying Sites. What Can I Do to Avoid Rip-Offs?

So what’s the answer? Well, I still use group buying coupons, but I now proceed with extreme caution. Unless I know the establishment and have been there before, I always check and double-check the store/restaurant/brand’s Yelp score (not Google ratings, which can totally be manipulated) before buying. Understand the return policy (or lack thereof). Make sure the group buying site has a clear way for you to file a complaint.

And remember, sometimes a deal just really isn’t a deal.

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