The recession has encouraged (for lack of a better word) nearly every industry to join in on the Groupon and Living Social discount movements offering consumers hefty discounts on services. I've been receiving offers from both of these websites for over a year now and besides the window washing and landscaping deals that popped up in my area every now and then, I had not seen much in the world of interior design until now.
Living Social was offering a consultation with an interior decorator/planner to design and plan a home renovation of your choice. The price? A very low $99 compared to the $799 it usually retails for. We are planning to redo our kitchen and definitely needed someone to come in and help us plan for it. The only caveat: it was a "Grade B" design group. I wasn't even sure what that meant but I have to admit as good as the deal was it initially turned me off for these reasons:
• The drastically reduced pricing made me seriously wonder about the effort the consultant would really put into the project.
• Many, many, many people are purchasing this deal diluting the resources available when you plan on redeeming your voucher.
• The "Grade B" rating of the design group.
I talked myself in circles over this deal (I mean it was only $99, I wouldn't have lost terribly much if it was a disaster) but I finally decided to pass. Would you, or have you, purchased a discounted home improvement or interior design deal? If you have, was it a success?