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Daily Deal’s Cheap Movers (Truck Not Included)

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Moving house? Or fancy a little spring cleaning? When buying a daily deal service to help around the home, take warning: the extra charges could end up costing even more than the actual offer.

A recent offer from Living Social and A-Z Moving offered a discount of 60% by paying $63 for “Two Hours of Moving Services with Two Men and One Truck.” But according to the fine print: “Additional services, travel time/fuel, tolls and packing materials not included and will be billed at regular price.” The “travel time/fuel” alone costs an extra $79 — bringing the total to $142. A spokesman for A-Z Moving says moving services costs can vary, depending on the service; Brendan P. Lewis, a spokesman for Living Social, says the site will waive its five-day refund policy on this deal. “Always read the fine print,” he says.

Experts say such hidden fees are a growing trend among online daily deals — particularly among offers for household services. To avoid overpaying, they say consumers should call the retailer before buying a deal to check the dollar value of those extras. Other home services almost always carry conditions such as “paint not included,” says Dan Hess CEO and co-founder of deal-tracking site Dealradar.com, which can run an extra $100 a gallon. “We’re seeing a lot more of these kinds of deals,” says Chris Treadaway, founder and CEO of Notice Technologies, which creates social media and online marketing strategies for local businesses.

Like Living Social, other daily deal sites also offer moving services — but include all the extra services in the headline price. It’s a simpler approach, Hess says, but it doesn’t seem like such an eye-catching bargain at first glance. This deal by Groupon and Meathead Movers in LA works out at around $150 for two hours, slightly more than the total cost of Living Social’s $142 deal, but a spokeswoman for Groupon says the typical charges for fuel, boxes and travel time are included.

Still, experts see more daily deal sites offering more of these services with charges that vary dramatically — primarily because an increasing number of daily deal sites are all vying for the same business. To be fair, Treadaway says daily deal sites and service providers face a difficult challenge: they must offer headline-grabbing deals on home improvement and moving services without wallpapering over what can sometimes be extremely high hidden charges. “It’s why we’re more or less exiting the daily deal business,” he says.

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    • I’VE MOVED AND USED MOVING COMPANIES MANY TIMES AND THE EXPERIENCES OF DEALING W/ THESE BUNCH OF CROOKS ARE ONE OF MOST DREADFUL.I’VE TRIED TO SUE 2 OF THEM BUT THAT’S TOO MUCH OF A HUSTLE TO RECOUP SEVERAL THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND SPEND A LOT OF TIME SERVING THE SUBPOENAS IN THEIR OFFICIAL LOCATIONS.THESE COMPANIES (ABRAHAM MOVING COMPANY/NEW YORK,dynamic movers (maryland ,etc)are 2 of the worst i’ve encountered w/.dynamic movers had charged me over 4 hrs.for lunch/meals time and 14 hrs. for the driver while he was asleep and the 2 other men he was with did all the work.
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    • @meatheadevan @meatheadmovers : Meathead Movers is trying to change an industry. That is why you won’t see them run a scam deal or run the ol’ “bait and switch” with their clients. They are honest, up-front individuals and they want to make sure each client receives the absolute highest quality move and service. One of the representatives from their company once told me “We are a bright light in a very dark industry” and I think the above mention in the blog speaks true to what they stand for. A great, honest, up-front, and friendly company that will do their very best to change your opinion about moving. Moving is scary but doing your research and making sure you are comfortable with the company and their representatives is key to a good move. Also, go to a moving company’s website if you find reviews about them in other places… I don’t always judge a book by it’s cover but sometimes you can learn a lot about the effort a company is making based on the effort put into their website.

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