Groupon Comes to Lansing

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Comedians like Tim Allen used to be the Connxction Comedy Club's biggest draw.

"We've had a lot of big names here," said Owner Frank Stevens. "Typically that catches people's eye. Now a good deal catches their eye, too."

That's why Stevens has joined thousands of local business owners offering coupons via Groupon. He's one of the first to do it Lansing. The Chicago-based site launched here Monday.

"I think right now, in today's economy, the way the world is -- value, a deal, people want it, they'll do it," Stevens said.

So here's how it works. Groupon will e-mail you a local deal every morning. You decide if you want to use it and if enough people do, the deal goes active. Then to redeem it you just print it out or bring it up on your phone.

"They had set the tipping point at 15, and we were beyond that even before I got into work," Stevens said.

The club sold more than 150 coupons Wednesday. Thursday's deal was two subs for six bucks at Ted-Dee's sandwich shop. Owner Ted Robison is excited about the new business.

"Already today I've had several customers come in and tell me they didn't even know i was here but they heard about me through Groupon," Robison said.

Robison says the fact customers have to pay for the coupon up front tells him what to expect.

"I already know these people are coming in 'cause they've already purchased it," said Robison.

And businesses can set a limit, too, so they're not too overwhelmed.

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