WOW!  What a Deal???

This morning I woke up and received this email in my inbox from a service that gives daily deals on all sorts of things... including acupuncture.At first I laughed at the absurdity of this deal, and then I found myself feeling annoyed that people are actually being fooled into thinking this is a "deal," then sadness and anger that this is probably misleading a lot of people into thinking they could never afford acupuncture, and finally gratitude that I don't work this way - and neither do many of you.

At this clinic, a one hour treatment costs $125 - but if you jump on today's deal, you can SCORE with a treatment for $62.50!!! YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!

In fact, at my clinic, for $62.50, you can receive 3 treatments (and I know at some CA clinics, you can receive 4!).And there's no one hour time limit threatening to yank you out of your chair and tell you are finished.  And I don't give people exotic-sounding explanations about their chi being all messed up to try and talk them into it.

Anyway, it just really got to me, so I thought I ought to share it with you...

BOSTON
Do you struggle with migraines, back pain, weight loss, or other chronic ailments? Getting horizontal and letting a professional treat you with acupuncture just might be your cure. Traditional Chinese medicine is rooted in the philosophy that your body’s health relies on energy balance, a state known as chi. Blocked or stagnate chi results in a cranky, bent-out-of-shape you. Get realigned—and refreshed—with acupuncture. Skeptical? Today’s deal is a perfect way to give the ancient tradition a shot, with 50 percent off an acupuncture treatment. That's just $62.50 for one hour of needle nirvana.
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This story was posted on February 5 2010 by Justine.

Comments

  • February 5 2010 at 10:37 AM
    River Jordan writes:

    needle nirvana

    Notice the language -

    “rooted in Chinese philosophy”

    “needle nirvana”

    and of course that old standby…“chi…chi…chi”

    It obviously targets a distinct class of people “in the know” who are conditioned to pay attention to exclusive, exotic terminology.

    The other 90% of Americans could care less about fancy schmancy terminology, but just want to feel better.

    (Probably time to comb through my website and remove this classist language.)

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  • February 5 2010 at 11:08 AM
    emily writes:

    “getting horizontal”?

    ???

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  • February 5 2010 at 1:00 PM
    alexa writes:

    I love how it leads you to

    I love how it leads you to believe that “getting horizontal” for one hour is all you need to “cure” your chronic back pain or lose weight. 

    Justine, thanks for posting this.  Now I know how NOT to word my Groupon offer.  Hey, at the end of the day, could you let us know how many are sold?  I’d be verrrry curious…

    Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane. -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • February 5 2010 at 2:45 PM
    Justine writes:

    So far, they’ve sold a grand total of…

    14!

    Yes, they’ve sold 14 whopping treatments.

    Lots of acupuncture for all those hurtin’ people out there…

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  • February 5 2010 at 3:30 PM
    keithananda writes:

     the web companies who

     the web companies who offer the local deals usually  have a staff of copy writers who try to make things sound more appealing.  ooops.   at least this one didn’t say happy ending.  it’ll be interesting to see how many get purchased.

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  • February 12 2010 at 10:51 PM
    reneeskuban writes:

    14 treatments?

    They did pretty well! 

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