There is truth in madness: GoDaddy stops accepting Groupons
In the middle of the GoDaddy Groupon madness, we came up with a parody article about Bob Parsons – the GoDaddy founder – supposedly getting all upset about the sneaky ways of its customers.
In other words, we predicted the obvious: that once realizing the hole in the process, GoDaddy would attempt to reverse those credits.
After all, buying endless amounts of $70 dollar credit for $25 is a great way for GoDaddy to post a loss at the end of 2012.
While technically the offer ended in 2012, apparently some managed to continue the party into the first week of 2013.
John B., an Internet professional from Texas, emailed us the following last night:
“A real bad mess is happening. Godaddy reversed multiple codes in my account. Left one but killed the others. This means reversed debits and names bouncing out of the account in a temporary holding place until you call with a payment info to make a payment to restore your names.”
This is definitely a nightmare scenario for everyone that did not read, or ignored the rules of the Godaddy Groupon:
“Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 code per GoDaddy.com account. Valid only for option purchased. Valid online only. Online registration required. Offer valid to U.S. and Canada residents only.”
If you used more than one Groupon in your account, or if you credited your account despite not being a resident of US or Canada, expect a reversal. We aren’t sure how Groupon will handle this, at this point.
Some posts from Slick Deals, the place that apparently started the gaming of GoDaddy Groupons:
“Oh snap! I had $350 in credit and they took away $70. I had already spent around $80 beforehand. Just to be sure, I’ve used up everything except about $50- will use that later when I have time. Nice to see Godaddy doing the ethical thing once again”
“My groupon from recoup was also reversed by godaddy several hours later. Filed a paypal dispute which will take a month to resolve so we’ll see what happens.”
“wtf is this! one of credit of coupon is reversed.”
“Had both credits invalidated by Godaddy. They did not just leave the paid for balance, but invalidated the full amount if that makes sense.”
Once again, truth is stranger than fiction, and parody becomes reality. That’s another reason why you should pay attention to DomainGang.