Friday, March 18, 2011

Can local deals be successful if the vendor's Yelp ratings suck?

Another "great" deal offered by Travelzoo; my initial reaction when I get these is to yelp them - here's what I got back:

The low rating immediately kills the deal for me - apparently not for the 450+ people who already bought in. I wonder whether there's a direct correlation between yelp ratings and deal success? Has anyone seen research on this or heard from the group shopping companies about this?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Travelzoo <>
Date: Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 9:47 AM
Subject: LOCAL DEAL: $45 -- Midtown: Hot Stone Massage or 75-Min. Facial, Reg. $95


On behalf of our subscribers in New York, we have negotiated
this Travelzoo Local Deal:

Source: Lia Schorr Day Spa

Trust your skin to the woman who New York Mag says has a
"rock-solid reputation for skincare expertise" with this
exclusive deal at Lia Schorr Day Spa in Midtown.

For $45, choose between the signature 75-minute European
facial or a 50-minute hot stone massage. Both treatments
normally cost $95.

Or, for $99, pamper head-to-toe: This deal includes the
facial, massage and a European pedicure complete with sea
salt bath and foot massage, normally $230.

Open for more than 30 years, the day spa has been featured
in TimeOut New York, Allure and Glamour, among others.

*This deal is valid once 25 are sold -- forward to friends!
*Buy the voucher before 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24.
*The voucher can be redeemed starting Friday, March 25,
through Sept. 24, 2011.

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