Groupon Tile & Grout Cleaning 2013:
Last Friday I receive in my email 'inbox' a message from Groupon offering me great deal on tile & grout cleaning. Since November of 2012 Groupon has run (5) tile & grout cleaning deals, three of these deals were run by the same company. I noticed on the time and date stamp that the email was published at 3:16am and that 130 people had already bought a groupon. I thought this was strange because I was looking at this deal at about 7:00am in the morning, so I decided to follow this Groupon deal. At around 8:30am the deal had been sold to 140 people, but what was strange was the deal went back down to 130 around 12 noon and remained there until Monday morning where it was back up to 140. After a careful inspection I also noticed that all 8 questions & answers were from February 2013. This deal had been on for 72 hours and no one had a question?
As I mentioned above this deal was run by the same company who had also ran the same deal on December 17, 2012, where it is reported that he sold 130 deals and again on February 18, 2013, where he sold 590 deals, making for a total of 730 deals in about (2) months. The deal was to clean 125' of tile & grout (this includes sealing) a value of $156.00, or a savings of 83%. It also included carpet cleaning prices for single story homes and two story homes. 730 homes to clean is a lot of homes. Keep in mind that the groupon expires in (6) months and most of these people will want their homes cleaned around the same time because of Easter, Spring Break, graduation, etc. This equates to about (5) homes per day, every day Monday thru Saturday for (6) months. This does not include existing customers calling for repeat service, referrals, internet searches, retail/commercial accounts, etc. If they really did sell 140 groupons this time it would make the daily total more than (6) homes per day. When I clean and seal tile & grout it typically takes about 1-2 hours, after cleaning, before the floor (grout lines) are dry enough to seal. We also NEVER schedule another appointment on the same day of a tile & grout cleaning job where the surface is greater than 500 square feet because it typically takes us 5-7 hours to complete our work.
When I look at this persons' groupon and I look at how many homes per day he is probably averaging (6) I must ask myself what is he leaving out? What is the old saying "If it looks to good to be true - it probably is." I hope this article gives you something to think about.
Until Next Time,