Six months ago a magical thing happened: I discovered Groupon. And before I knew it I was throwing down my Amex for much-needed things like massages and hair cuts and half off at Mario Andretti’s racing school. And I was happy.
When Living Social jumped onto the scene I felt conflicted. Was I was cheating on Groupon? But I rationalized that competition is one of the building blocks of this country. And before I knew it my Amex was doing double time for keratin treatments and I was enjoying $10 off $20 worth of food at Bombay Palace. And I was happy.
I knew I was spreading myself thin but when I discovered Joss and Main I couldn’t help myself. Children’s Tabletop? Contemporary Luggage? Yes please. Keeping up with 3 sites full of attractive offers is time-consuming for sure, but I’m nothing if not a fighter. And I was happy.
And then I was invited to join Gilt and it quickly catapulted me into another world! A posh world of Badgley Mischka and suites at New York’s Carlton Hotel at a fraction of the cost. And I was in love.
But today? Today I opened my inbox and I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t happy with the 7 offers staring me in the face – including one from Jetsetter taunting me with a Junior Suite at the Hotel del Crillon and an unsolicited email from Amazon Local offering me a good deal on Invisalign.
The truth is that my Amex and I are tired. We’re tired of the barrage of emails and we’re resentful we have to keep up with so many sites and deals. And because we’re both unhappy I’ve decided to unsubscribe from Groupon and all its copycat sites.
And I will. Right after I buy myself a designer Thanksgiving turkey and a pair of faux-crocodile Hunter Boots for $99. Wish me luck.