Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Groupon Earring "Deal" Looks Like False Advertising


 WARNING! Groupon deals may not always be as good as they seem! 

On May 18 a Groupon ad appeared on a Facebook page I was visiting for a pair of 14K Solid Gold French Lock Hoop Earrings at an extreme discount of about 80% off the normal $200 price making the beautiful earrings shown only $24.95. Wow! $200-something earrings for only $24.95??? I couldn't sign up fast enough so I became a Groupon customer on the spot just to get the earrings.

The earrings were 12mm which I assumed was diameter from the picture where the French lock shown was proportionately smaller than the rest of the earring.

When I received the envelope from Groupon, I thought it was empty. I couldn't feel any lump or bump at all. I tore it open expecting to find nothing and shook the empty package just to make sure... and a tiny pair of earrings fell out, about the size of my pinkie fingernail.

Doll-Sized Earrings

Looking at the tiny earrings in my hand, I couldn't help but think the miniature pair would be more suited for a doll than a human so I tried them on a 14" Moxie Teenz doll. They are a perfect fit!  

Perhaps these earrings do measure 12mm from end to end including the lock, but this is not what was shown in the picture.

I brought the original Groupon photo back up on my computer and took a photograph of one of my earrings suspended right next to the original photos for proportion and comparison. See any difference??? Notice how proportionate the lock mechanism is in the original and how it dominates the tiny, itty-bitty earring I got. Look at the diameter of the earring body in comparison to the lock.

Did they take the original photo under a microscope? I had to wonder how they captured the gleaming curves and thickness of the gold without some kind of lens enhancement, but nothing explains why the two earrings look so different except this. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME EARRINGS.

I would have done better skipping the "reduced value" hype and buying these 14 karat gold hoop earrings from Amazon for $25 or $30.


It appears to be false advertising or bait and switch on the part of Groupon to replace the beautiful $200 earrings advertised in the photo with the tiny pair dominated by the lock mechanism they sold for the "reduced" price of $24.95. The earrings I received were NEVER worth anywhere near $200 as the ad claimed. NOT EVER.

To add insult to injury, I was not able to get the Groupon "Help Wizard" to work to contact Groupon, so I spent 1/2 hour in a chat session with "Jade" who kept telling me to hold on for a couple of minutes while she researched my order. After a wasted 1/2 hour, I got tired of the run around and ended the chat session. I haven't felt this much like a sucker since the Snapple incident!

Groupon, you are going to have to do better than this. Your deal was a rip off and your customer service stinks. Instead of playing with "Banana Bunkers" and selling condoms with holes,  perhaps it is time to focus on quality products and customer service again.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bellevue Sears to close in 2015, headed to liquidation sources say - Examiner

As a former Sears associate, I was so sad to hear from some of my friends who are still employed at the Bellevue store that the announcement was made that the store would be closing soon.

With recent news of the redevelopment plans for the old Bellevue Center mall finally moving forward, and news about the apartment complex and stores like Sprouts Farmers Market confirmed to be a part of the redevelopment project (bizjournals.com), it is not unexpected to hear that the Sears Autocenter is closing on June 12 (see "What is going on with the Bellevue mall?"). Now store employees say the Sears anchor store which held on for so many years after the rest of the mall closed is heading to liquidation as the store makes plans to close its doors.

Read the story:  Bellevue Sears to close, headed to liquidation sources say

Friday, May 22, 2015

38th annual Bellevue Picnic packs Red Caboose Park, ends with a bang (photos) - Bellevue Community Examiner


This picnic-festival was a fun neighborhood event last weekend which Jack and I thoroughly enjoyed! More than 60 vendors, candidates, local businesses and food trucks filled Red Caboose Park and the adjoining parking lot of the Bellevue Community Center for the 2015 Bellevue Picnic. Presented by Nashville Christian School, the event featured many other sponsors.


Read more at: 38th annual Bellevue Picnic packs Red Caboose Park, ends with a bang (photos) - Nashville community | Examiner