NEW YORK ( Minyanville) -- Shame on me. I was fooled -- not once, not twice -- but three times by Groupon ( GRPN). Although I consider myself, by and large, a fairly savvy consumer, it turns out I had a steep learning curve when it came to realizing the extent to which I was being taken by the daily deal behemoth. As it also turns out, I'm not alone in my buyer's remorse. Not by a long shot. Grumbles about Groupon are reverberating throughout the Web. There's even a dedicated Groupon griping Facebook page. In the UK, the Advertising Standards Authority got involved and the Office of Fair Trading (or OFT) launched a formal investigation that recently found Groupon in "widespread" breach of consumer protection regulations. The company's Middle East arm has been so "flooded with complaints," it's changed leadership twice in less than six months.
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