Mother Earth Meats stops accepting vouchers

Mother Earth Meats is no longer accepting vouchers and coupons from daily deal sites.

The store in Farragut sells grass-fed and antibiotic-free meats. It announced on its Facebook page it will no longer accept deals from Groupon, Deal Chicken or Half Off Depot.

Mother Earth Meats' owner, Tracy Monday, says he simply can't afford it. He says the deals almost put him out of business. He closed for three weeks and had to file for bankruptcy protection.

"I think it's mostly my fault that I mismanaged it. It could've, like in small doses, I think it could benefit a business, but with us I overused it and kind of got addicted to the money coming every couple of weeks," said Monday.

Most of the discounts were for 50 percent off. The way it works is businesses pay for advertising on the coupon distributors' websites. Then customers would sign up for the deals and the business would get a percentage of the sales.

Monday says people who bought the coupons can get a refund through the distributors. One of the distributors, Deal Chicken, is owned by WBIR's parent company, Gannett.

If you'd like to get a refund from Deal Chicken, call (855) 436-8483.


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