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Groupon Wants You To Get Away, And Get Deals Now

July 13, 2011 at 2:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

Even more than we love Vegas, we heart Vegas deals so when we heard Groupon had two new ways we could save our cash for Chippendales, we felt all giddy inside. But, while we love the idea behind Groupon Getaways and Groupon Now, the dealmaker will need to try a little harder before we put out our carefully saved singles. Here's why:

Groupon Getaways
Launched just yesterday, Groupon Getaways follows the same Groupon formula you already know just with hotels. Discounts are offered to the masses and the more that buy, the more the deal is locked into place.

The first Vegas discount up for grabs? A one-night stay at The Palms starting from $89 plus a mysterious "gaming credit" of unstated value and two breakfast buffets. Ummm, okkkay. So, just $10 cheaper than the host of other packages found on The Palms' own website? Sorry, but we can't be the only ones not very excited about this, right? We'd really rather skip the credit and pass on the buffet to knock that rate down even more.

Groupon Now
Slowly rolling out to cities across the US, Groupon Now is aimed at saving you time and money by showing you where to find steals, right now. The catch is that the deal is for that day only and during a very specific window of time. There are ten different categories of offers ranging from "Eat Something" to "See a Show," but you won't find restaurants like I ♥ Burgers or even Sugar Factory nor shows like Absinthe here. Actually, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything you've heard of before.

"Eat Something" currently offers deals for Bootlegger Bistro (which we know) as well as Angelina's Italian Grill, Mixed Nuts, Farmer Boys, Fresh Grill, Las Vegas Hot Sauce Company and Sicily's Pizza (which we don't). Savings range from $5 to $15 off, but most of the locations will require a cab ride or a rental drive from The Strip -- stripping you of any savings, and likely then some.

For "See a Show," you're just off Las Vegas Boulevard, but you'd better love to light the corners of your mind 'cause your only option (right now) is 'Barbra and Frank: The Concert That Never Was' at the Westin Casuarina.

The remaining categories offer more of the same making Groupon Now something that we'd rather Groupon Later. Will you give either a try? Let us know why or why not in the comments below!

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Does this pretty often. Their deals are off retail, but nobody pays retail when it comes to hotel rates.

This weekend I got a $30 offer for an oil change @ Jiffy Lube that retails @ $60, but the location down the block already charges $30 for.  Lame.

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