(Closed) Why I hate Living Social

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Yeah, these kinds of things always worry me. I know i have seen some articles in the news where people would get pissed because they couldn’t find time within a certain time frame to use their deal. I think that with something like this, they need to offer less of them more often, so that they can end up with happier customers

Post # 5
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19 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I once bought a livingsocial for a massage and I had to wait over 4 months to use it because they overbooked, so I just returned it and they gave me a full refund. Super easy.

Post # 6
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768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

and they didn’t make $7500 because the reported cut on those kind of deals is about 50% of the price, so they maybe made a little more than $3500. $15 is ridiculous. 2.5 hours?! and the promotional value expires in 6 months?! you would have to work 10 hours a day/6 days a week for all 6 months to complete all the session times. and that doesn’t include scheduling, editing, eating, etc, etc…. all for $4000…. sounds horrible and can’t work logistically.

Post # 7
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399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

507 purchased so far . . . my god. I’ve heard so many horror stories about these deals but even people who don’t buy them see them and remember that price when they’re quoted much more by another photographer and think “wow they’re way overpriced, I’m going to wait for another living social/groupon deal”. Awful.

Post # 8
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4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It’s perfectly fair.

Most people will buy more than one shot, and I assure you those prices will be through the roof!

Second, it’s not up to the studio to honour dates unless specified. So I’m of the it doesn’t matter what the clients are wishing for… it matters that the dates are specified.

Post # 10
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878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@vmec: Yup, I’m sure they are going to get their profit when people decide they want more than just one picture from that big 2.5 hour shoot.

Post # 11
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4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

well…I got a living social for another photography thing, and was perfectly happy with it. (But it was $100 for something that was originally $300. A little bit less of a price cut!)

Post # 12
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994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

They actually took in $3750 — Groupon etc takes 50%.

There’s been studies that show that most coupon users resist the upsell too. This model really is a nightmare for a photo studio.

OOPS, just realized a PP mentioned this, sorry!

Post # 13
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399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@blu77: Yep, because it’s no longer a great deal if they can get one photo for $15 or 2 for $200, ya know? This looks like a new studio and I feel for them – they may think this is awesome for business but ultimately I don’t think it will be. Their business name is going to be forever linked to living social through google and they’re going to have a hard time raising prices or charging a standard fee, and that’s if they ever get time again to do shoots at standard prices with 600 shoots to do.

Post # 15
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7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@USER876:  i am confused i guess about how living social works.  is the studio not able to set its own limits about how many of these deals can be sold?

Post # 16
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399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@dynamic_duo: sites like Living Social and Groupon operate on mass numbers, significant traffic to their site, etc. For them to feature a deal it needs to be a really ridiculous deal available to a lot of people. So, for instance, one of those sites recently had a discount for Whole Foods, so that company can easily say ok we’re giving 2,000 of these $10 off $20 of groceries. The same with restaurants. But an independently owned photo company? In order for them to get featured on the site they have to offer an impossibly high number of shoots. Living Social/Groupon isn’t going to feature a deal with a limit of 50 because there’s no real profit in it for them and it would sell out too quickly. That’s why this is a horrible idea for this photographer. I’ve read a lot of stories about Groupon deals like this actually putting folks out of business.

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