Groupon – Sep, 2013 Update: After refusing to run gun listings for months as a result of anti-gun pressure after the Newtown, CT shooting, Groupon has supposedly made a partial reversal of their policy. This after firing then CEO Andrew Mason. Read about their “change in policy” HERE. (Don’t get your hopes up.)
The bottom line is that this is little more than a token gesture/pandering to appease the most vocal pro-gun customers in “specific markets.” They continue to discriminate against gun owners as if we are the root of all evil. This “change” is not even “a day late and a dollar short”, it’s insulting. Groupon owes the millions of gun owners in America a formal apology for their treatment of us. Their politically motivated acts will never be forgotten, but may someday be forgiven, IF Groupon takes the appropriate steps to earn our respect and our business. Step 1; Issue a formal apology and stop its discriminatory practices.
The boycott stays!
We suggest Living Social or Amazon Local as possible alternates.
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(Regarding the de-listing of gun-related deals) – not only is this knee-jerk reaction unfairly discriminatory, but it is also a transparent pander to the anti-gun lobbying interests. This is inexcusable. Boycott them!
We recommend you try Amazon Local as a gun friendly alternative. They do list ads for shooting classes, etc. LivingSocial says they do not prohibit those listings, but they never seem to have any available for some reason.
Here is the typical form letter response people get from them:
“Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us.
We understand that this is a sensitive topic, and that some of our customers may not agree with our choice to pause the promotion of firearm-related deals. Groupon has always aimed to offer a diverse range of products and services to meet the various tastes and interests of our subscribers. However, at this time, enough customers and merchants have voiced their opinions that we believe a hiatus is warranted.
Please note that we have never sold guns, and this hiatus only applies to firearm-related deals including shooting ranges, clay pigeon shooting, and concealed weapons training classes. We have not made a final determination regarding this category — we are simply taking a break and may reevaluate in the future.
If you’d still like to unsubscribe, you can do so by clicking “Unsubscribe from all Groupon emails” in your account at http://www.groupon.com/subscription_center, or the “unsubscribe with one click” link at the bottom of our daily emails.
We genuinely appreciate your opinion and the feedback you’ve given us. I’ll be sure to share your comments with the appropriate people.
Groupon Customer Support”
Being headquartered in Chicago puts them in close proximity of powerful anti-gun interests as well. This is probably a politically motivated move more than “just business.”
600 W Chicago Ave Ste 620
Chicago IL 60654