Angie's List, the service that helps Twin Cities consumers find a high-quality plumber, doctor, mechanic or roofer, is reducing its 1-year membership fee to $14 on Groupon, regularly $30. The fee includes access to all the reviews including health, online and live-call support, digital magazine, and a $15 rebate on one deal purchase. (Subscribers get emails periodically about a deal such as $99 for a garage door tune-up. Some of the deals are a better bargain than others.)
For $27, you can get a premium membership that also includes complaint-resolution support and a $50 rebate on a deal purchase.
This deal is slightly more expensive than the State Fair deal Angie's List ran last year for $10. But that didn't include the deal purchase rebate.
Paying $14 for a year of quick access to finding a decent electrician, veterinarian, tree trimmer or window washer is reasonable unless you can't even remember the last time you called a repair company.
One weakness in Angie's List is the lack of any consistent evaluation of price. Subscribers are asked to rate on price, but the user rarely knows if the subscriber only called one company to get a bid and do the work. Angie's List is much stronger on evaluating quality of work, in my opinion, especially when at least a dozen subscribers or more have evaluated a company.
This deal is supposed to run through July 21, but if you miss out, wait for the Minnesota State Fair. The Angie's List booth can usually be found in the Grandstand Building or Creative Activities Annex.