Your Expired Groupons Might Actually Be Worth Something. Here’s How to Find Out
You may already save a ton of money using Groupons for awesome deals on restaurant meals, gift cards and fitness classes. But does Groupon owe you money, too?
If you purchased a Groupon (or received one as a gift) between November 1, 2008 and December 1, 2011 — and never used it or received a refund — the answer might be yes.
Groupon’s Class-Action Settlement
Plaintiffs are suing Groupon for creating vouchers that contained expiration dates and other restrictions allegedly in violation of federal and state laws.
Groupon denies any wrongdoing, but has agreed to potentially pay $8.5 million in Groupon credits to qualifying class members.
The short version: Groupon might’ve screwed up some details, so you might get free money to spend on more Groupons!
The Fine Print
Feel a little déjà vu?
This case is actually a re-opened 2012 Groupon class-action lawsuit terminated earlier this year. If you already submitted a claim, it carries over — you’re all set!
To submit a claim this time, you must be the holder or purchaser of an unredeemed and/or unrefunded Groupon issued between November 1, 2008 and December 1, 2011. And the Groupon must be past its stated expiration date.
Fit the description? Submit a claim and sit tight until February 26, 2016, the scheduled date of the approval hearing — when class members find out whether they’ll be receiving compensation.
If approved, you could get up to 130% of your Groupon’s purchase price!
How to File a Claim
Head over to the Groupon Voucher Settlement site, where you can get the low-down on the proceedings and file your claim.
Just click on “File a Claim Online” and add your name, contact information and details about the relevant Groupons.
Or, file a claim via snail mail or fax — just print the form on the site and send it to the listed address or fax number.
All done? Start searching some similarly-priced deals you want to snag with your free Groupon credits. (But make sure you ask yourself these questions first.)
Candle-making classes, anyone?
Your Turn: Are you eligible to file a claim in this Groupon class-action settlement?
Jamie Cattanach is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and a native Floridian. She’s passionate about learning, literature, chocolate and finding ways to live the good life as cost-effectively as possible. You can wave hi to @jamiecattanach on Twitter.