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Old 03-29-2013, 09:04 AM   #1
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Is it tacky to use a Groupon for a business dinner?

I'm on the fence.
Hubby and I are in contract to purchase a business. We are taking the current owners out to dinner at a pricey restaurant. We did not choose the place, however I've discovered there is a nice Groupon out there (so its not like we picked the place because we have the Groupon).
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:12 AM   #2
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I'm on the fence.
Hubby and I are in contract to purchase a business. We are taking the current owners out to dinner at a pricey restaurant. We did not choose the place, however I've discovered there is a nice Groupon out there (so its not like we picked the place because we have the Groupon).
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I wish it wasn't, but I say yes it could be viewed as tacky if you use it. Business dinners, dates and ocassions where you don't know the other parties well it is bad form to start pulling out the coupons.....Maybe you COULD give the server it before you all are seated in private, if you really wanted to use it? But I think I would refrain.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:17 AM   #3
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Yes, I figured if I have to ask, I know my answer
That $38 for $80 Groupon was so tempting! LOL
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:23 AM   #4
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I wouldn't do it. There are some situations where saving some $$ in the short term could cause long term reputation concerns.

At a personal level I don't much care what people think, on a professional one, reputation matters....a lot.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:26 AM   #5
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I think that you should take into account the kind of people they are and the kind of people you are.
Many people are caught up with appearances- I am so not.

You could take me out for dinner with a groupon in this circumstance
and I will be really impressed that the people who are buying my business are frugal and understand the work that goes into earning a dollar.

First, as pocomom said, you could do that so that it isn't noticed.
Or if that is not possible, I'd flat out mention it at the table.
Money doesn't grow on trees and I want to be a good manager of money
and save whenever we can while not sacrificing quality.

But that is just my $0.02 ...
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:57 AM   #6
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I wouldn't do it. There are some situations where saving some $$ in the short term could cause long term reputation concerns.

At a personal level I don't much care what people think, on a professional one, reputation matters....a lot.
I agree 100% BUT...I think its also how you frame the situation. For example you say "My wife is always buying me these groupon...." or something like that, people would understand and it can become funny or positive instead of negative.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:02 AM   #7
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No. Don't use it for a business dinner.

However, if the restaurant turns out to be great, you've got a great excuse to go back!
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:28 AM   #8
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You could take me out for dinner with a groupon in this circumstance
and I will be really impressed that the people who are buying my business are frugal and understand the work that goes into earning a dollar.
As a seller, I wouldn't want the people who are BUYING my business to be that frugal. I'd be concerned about their financial resources. I'd want to be confident that they have enough wealth to make me a decent offer. I'd be worried that they are going to nickle and dime me the whole way during negotiations if they can't even "afford" the cost of a dinner without a Groupon. I'm not saying that's reality, but to me this just isn't one of those times to appear cheap.

That said, if there's a way that you could quietly arrange it with the business or waitstaff ahead of time, and the receipt would not be shown to the other party, that's a different story. But also be aware that sometimes Groupons have limits and you may not be able to use it on certain days/times, or need to make a reservation in advance that wouldn't fit the time you've already agreed to.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:35 AM   #9
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I think its very tacky, I can't imagine taking one of my clients out and using a groupon. I'm in the consulting business and I wouldn't want them to think we weren't doing well (ie no one wants to hire us). Go back and use the Groupon as a celebration when the deal goes through
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:38 AM   #10
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I'm on the fence.
Hubby and I are in contract to purchase a business. We are taking the current owners out to dinner at a pricey restaurant. We did not choose the place, however I've discovered there is a nice Groupon out there (so its not like we picked the place because we have the Groupon).
What says you?
It's not tacky at all. It means you have a good business sense.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:39 AM   #11
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It's tacky.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:40 AM   #12
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We've already signed the contract and provided proof of funds, so that would not be an issue. This is a celebratory dinner. We've decided against using the Groupon altogether.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:43 PM   #13
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I asked DH. He said what I thought. If you are buying the business from them, they should be paying!
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:34 PM   #14
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Yeah, I actually wouldn't care what the people I was purchasing a business from thought about my "frugalness."

But we've found Groupon service in certain restaurants to be problematic. Google around and you will see the stories about all "Groupons" being seated in a certain areas and being given lesser menus and a waitress who only wanders around every 40 minutes or so. I wouldn't want to risk putting up with that over a business dinner so I'd probably refrain.
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