Horrible waste of time !!! Slows transaction to a crawl while you perform a useless search for deals …
Excellent extension. I have saved some money with it – not much, but everything helps.
A honey.com Facebook ad
These diverging views are from reviews of the Honey add-on for the Firefox browser. There may be nothing illegal or wrong with the following business practices. But they suggest that the seller is not to be trusted. I’m using my Scam-O-Meter scoring system; -1 means true (bad), +1 means false (good), and 0 means undetermined. I penalize the seller for statements made by shills. Contact information:
Web site: honey.com
990 W 8th St, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Ridiculous claims: +1. None found.
Suspicious location: +1. The above address is a real building. I couldn’t find any suspicious companies that are using this address.
Onerous terms: 0
- You can’t sue them, or join a group that’s suing them, or join a group arbitration. But you can escape these terms by giving advance notice.
- They don’t guarantee that anything they say is true.
Ads, spam, robocalls: -1
- They’ll spam you and beam ads at you.
- With your approval, they’ll share your data with other advertisers.
- You can opt out of collection of some kinds of data; but then you’re disqualified from some offers.
- If they sell their company, your data is part of the deal. You’ll be notified and night have some choice in the matter.
Lying and deception: +1. None found.
Obfuscation: +1. None found.
Phony reviews: -1. “Ordinary Moves” by entrepreneur Cam Secore is a strikingly friendly review with graphical links to honey.com. No doubt with every click payola is moving the other way.
Crummy product: 0. In the reviews I’ve checked, the verdict isn’t clear. There seems to be some possibility of saving money at online stores like Amazon, coupled with some degradation of your browser performance.
Overpriced: +1. The web browser add-on is free. You use it to make purchases from other vendors.
Bad service: +1. My test email “consumer question” was promptly answered. And the answer was quite informative. I’ve included it at the end of this post.
Total score; 4
Unauthorized charges: Not applicable. Honey.com doesn’t charge shoppers anything for its coupon service (it charges the sellers, such as Amazon vendors). If you decide to install the browser extension, it directs you to your browser provider’s web page for installing extensions.
Tax avoidance: CNET’s Rick Broida sees honey.com as a sales-tax avoidance service. Honey.com’s own web site states that sales tax is one of the factors that go into selecting which deal to offer.
Conclusion: This browser add-on looks pretty harmless, and it should save you a little money. If it’s important to you to pay sales tax when shopping online, don’t use it. If it slows down your browsing, uninstall it.
Thanks for reaching out to us! Welcome to Honey! We’re a free browser extension and shopping platform meant to find you coupons and rewards at checkout. If you haven’t installed Honey already, the first step is to go to JoinHoney.com and follow the installation prompt.
Once you have Honey installed, a little ‘h’ button will be added to your browser–on stores we support, the button will list the number of coupons we have available for that store. On all browsers except Safari, that button will turn orange when on a supported site. You can click on the Honey button to see any coupons we know about for that site! If there’s a store that you’d like to shop at that we don’t support yet, let us know so we can look into adding that site. You can also search for stores in our database on JoinHoney.com.
When you are on a checkout page with a promo code field, Honey will pop up and ask if you want to test for coupon codes. Honey will then automatically try all known coupon codes for that store. If we find a code that works, we’ll automatically apply the one that saves you the most money to your cart! We scour the internet for all the best deals, but if you find a coupon out there that we don’t currently have, let us know so we can add it! You’ll find the ‘share a code’ option at the bottom of the Honey extension.
We also offer Honey Gold Rewards on certain stores–you’ll see those offers at checkout and at the top of your extension above the coupons. To claim Gold, simply click the button before checking out, and make sure to check for any exclusions. After checking out, you’ll see Honey Gold from that transaction in your account within 2-4 days of that transaction. Gold will pend for 45-60 days while the merchant confirms and verifies your purchase, and as soon as that’s taken care of, we switch your Gold from pending to ‘posted’. With 1000 Gold posted you can redeem a $10 gift card to Amazon, Brookstone, 1-800-Flowers, Sears, Groupon, Walmart and more! We’re also in the process of adding more rewards and cash-out options, so stay tuned 😉 When claiming Gold, you can’t use multiple rewards programs at a time and we recommend disabling ad-block on store check-out pages. If you think you’re missing any Gold, reach out to us with the receipt from that purchase and we’ll look help you out 🙂
Once again, welcome to Honey! We’re so happy to have you. If you’d like to share Honey with friends, you can find your personalized referral link at http://www.joinhoney.com/invite. When your friends sign up with your link and earn Gold on their first eligible purchase, you’ll receive a thank you bonus of 500 Gold from us!
Let me know if you have any questions–I’m here to help 🙂 You can also find additional support at http://help.joinhoney.com