Offers group always appear in my life. My mom gives me Groupon offers prints for Christmas every year without fail (puts the stamp boxes and wraps). And when I'm opening Groupons "Santa", I shared group offers in abundance in my Facebook feed or send to my inbox from friends, family and, well, people I barely know.
I head to Paris for vacation this week. So I gave in to social pressure and check out Groupon page to see if Paris bakery bargain rate cut by the city tours could be found. I found a deal for a half-price cruise on the Canal Saint-Martin.
This Groupon offers scenic cruise through the canals, which normally would have cost 18 euros, for just 9 euros per person. There was one problem: the Groupon was published in French. Desperately combing this page to a mini American or British flag and found nothing. The solution, I realized, was to copy and paste all the text in Google Translate. Or learn to speak French fluently.
Now here is where things got tough. The booking process was in French. And the part where I had to enter my address is not given the option to specify a country.
I tried to write my address in the U.S., along with information from my credit card, but my request was rejected, I guess this happened because the system, by default, considered to live in France. I took a second stab in the purchase, but paid with PayPal instead of a credit card. It worked, probably because PayPal already has my home address on your system. I paid $ 25.29 for two cruise tickets, which was the final price according to PayPal exchange rate, which was a rate slightly more expensive than the current interbank rate as seen on XE.com ($ 24.55) .
It is clear that international Groupon pages are designed for local customers. However, with a PayPal account and a little translation, you can take some good discounts on long-haul. The same goes for social life, which, like Groupon, has a wide selection of international tenders are published in local languages. Given that these sites often run promotions for restaurants, tours, transportation and other things that would be useful while traveling, it's worth signing up for local deals e-mails you are visiting the destination below. (Other group offers sites, including BuyWithMe, DealFinder and negotiate, offer plenty of deals through the U.S., but have a limited international reach.)
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Submited at Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 1:00 am on Deals by sofia
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