Years ago I worked at a radio station where in its declining years embarked on a new and unique way to pay the bills. In exchange for advertising, local restaurants, furniture stores, etc., would give certificates that the station would sell for at least 25% off and pocket the cash. We would be on the air – hours at a time – hawking these certificates in a primitive auction style format. It worked, because we got our paychecks every week.
You may be saying, “that’s nothing unique.” Well, twenty years ago it sure was! Now radio stations, newspapers, the local church and fire company are all on the discount certificate bandwagon and savvy shoppers are cashing in on the savings.
One of the biggest sites that offer these type of deals is Groupon. (They just declined a bid to be picked up by Internet giant Google, so you know that someone in the country of California likes ’em.) Working on the same principal as the now defunct radio station’s “Home Shopper,” consumers get to buy certificates for use at participating merchants for a fraction of their retail price.
Not being one to use coupons, I jumped on the Groupon bandwagon to see what all the hype was about. There’s some great deals out there, but one today struck me as the buy of the century – 58% off pole dancing classes.
College gals working to pay for textbooks at the local meat market can make their dollar bills go farther with today’s deal while visions of earning bigger tips by taking lessons to be the strip joint’s best pole dancer pulsate through their tramp-stamps.
I’ll be waiting for tomorrow’s Groupon deal.
I just hope it’s for discounted lap dances.
That’s one coupon I’ll use.