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Groupon is an American worldwide e-commerce marketplace connecting subscribers with local merchants by offering activities, travel, goods and services in more than 28 countries. Businesses similar to Groupon include LivingSocial, Plum district, Jasmere.com, Ebates, FatWallet, RetailMeNot, meerkatmall.com, chi-spree.com and NetBarg. Merchants offer deals through their website which are bought online and redeemed in person. There are potential problems with the business model. For example, a successful deal could temporarily swamp a small business with too many customers, risking a possibility that customers will be dissatisfied, or that there won't be enough product to meet the demand. Merchants can be forced to artificially inflate their prices to meet the demand or reducing the goods and services they normally provide for Groupon deals in order to stay afloat. Customer service can also take a dive for Groupon customers, for example at restaurants where waiters' tips are deflated according to the discount prices, resulting in resentment and poor reception of customers. Additionally, the company is rife with controversy, consumeraffairs.com has almost 1000 complaints against Groupon almost unanimously alleging that providers refused to honor their Groupon deals, or the purchased deals were otherwise unattainable to the customer, but that the company refuses to refund anything after 3 days of purchase according to their policy. Some analysts claim that Groupon operates "like" a Ponzi scheme, according to interpretation of 2011 Initial public offering (IPO) documentation, because at the time it publicly disclosed that it is losing approximately US$100 million per quarter, had a net negative balance of $230 million, and used later investors' money to pay off earlier investors. Analysts also criticized Groupon's decision to pay out over $940 million of the $1.12 billion in venture capital Groupon had raised before the IPO - over 84% of its venture capital raised - as cash payouts to its 3 founders and early backers, rather than into the money-losing company. Co-founder Eric Lefkofsky alone received over $300 million in early 2011, just weeks before the company filed its IPO paperwork. The large cash payout also made Groupon technically insolvent when it filed for its IPO. During 2011 in the UK there were reported breaches of British advertising regulations to the Advertising Standards Authority. In December 2011 the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) launched an investigation into Groupon after the firm broke regulations 48 times in 11 months.
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Here in Honolulu, away from the crowded haunts of Waikiki, you get to shake hands with the real Hawaii. A boisterous Polynesian capital, Honolulu delivers an island-style mixed plate of experiences. Eat your way through the pan-Asian alleys of Chinatown, where 19th-century whalers once brawled and immigrant traders thrived.
Gaze out to sea atop the landmark Aloha Tower, then sashay past Victorian-era brick buildings, including the USA’s only royal palace. Browse at the world's largest open-air shopping center at Ala Moana, then poke your nose into the city's impressive art museums.
Ocean breezes rustle palm trees along the harborfront, while in the cool, mist-shrouded Koʻolau Range, forested hiking trails offer postcard city views. At sunset, cool off with an amble around Magic Island or splash in the ocean at Ala Moana Beach. After dark, migrate to Chinatown’s edgy art and nightlife scene.
Get the scoop on our local groupon offers where ever you go. Hiring and coordinating with a travel agent is a convenient idea, aside from the fact that an agent can help you find the best groupon offers for your budget. But we can help you with even better groupon offers without the expensive price tag!
We can help you save money by directing you to the best services for the best price in Honolulu on everything down to food and gas in real time. We are local residents aware of groupon offers and price fluctuations that online travel guides cannot keep up with. Our local guides are experts at budgeting in one of the most expensive places on earth while still enjoying the best of what the island has to offer. Our goal is to maximize your vacation enjoyment while saving you money, rather than charging you for everything under the sun the way an expensive all inclusive tour agency does. Imagine the freedom of having a personal tour guide and trip advisor on call through the convenience of your mobile phone!