No one likes flash deal sites anymore: the fad is over among people who buy things, and the ripoff is apparent for people who sell. We all want out—except those stuck running the sale operations, and an internet meme lady from several months ago.

We should expect this trajectory—toward irrelevance, dearth, and try-harding—to continue for sites like LivingSocial. The sites that used to sell us discount truffle fries and hot yoga will decline into unlicensed dentistry and meet-n-greets with the cast of canceled UPN shows.