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Google to Launch Groupon Clone, 'Google Offers'

By - Source: Mashable | B 14 comments

Say hello to Goopon!

A while back there were rumors doing the rounds that said Google was gearing up to buy Groupon. However, the deal apparently fell through because Groupon rejected Google’s multi-billion dollar offer (rumors range from $2.5 billion to between $5.6 and $6 billion). Google clearly saw something big in Groupon, just like it saw something big in YouTube and all of the other companies it’s acquired. And it seems the company was not content to just sit back and let Groupon be the fat-cat of the online deals world. 



Today, information of a new Google project, dubbed Google Offers, leaked out. Citing a fact sheet that’s supposedly being sent out to local businesses, Mashable reports that Google Offers looks and operates much like Groupon or LivingSocial: Users receive an e-mail with a local deal of the day, which they have a limited time to buy into. Once enough people commit to the offer, the deal is confirmed or ‘on’ and those who have committed receive their coupon. Powered by Google Checkouts, Google Offers will also have sharing options to allow people to spread the word via email, Google Reader, Google Buzz, and the usual social network-y suspects. 



Responding to Mashable’s story, Google confirmed that it’s “communicating with small businesses to enlist their support and participation in a test of a pre-paid offers/vouchers program” but refused to provide any more details.

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    joytech22 , January 22, 2011 6:48 AM
    Not a bad idea, I would definitely be interested in any coupons that offered slashed prices on computer parts, or discounts on expensive food places.

    Better yet, they should have electronic billboards with QR barcode coupons that give you discounts to stores around you (that are part of the Google Offers).
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    sparky2010 , January 22, 2011 6:54 AM
    Nice idea!
    Hope this works where i live... could definitely use it.


    comments working again?
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    joytech22 , January 22, 2011 7:03 AM
    sparky2010Nice idea!Hope this works where i live... could definitely use it.comments working again?


    Comments never stopped working (well, not to my knowledge) but ratings are still funky :( 
    I wish Google would trial it here too, because I live near a medium/large shopping centre and every day it's packed and it would be the best place to trial it, over 300 stores.
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    joelmartinez , January 23, 2011 12:09 AM
    These community coupons seem like a decent idea, it would be nice if you had like one day 1000 dollars of groceries for 500 coupon, probably won't happen :( 
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    amoghthegamer , January 23, 2011 2:47 AM
    ferking google trying to take over everything! FerK YOU GOOGLE! Iam using Groupon ONLY!
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    triplebug , January 23, 2011 3:33 AM
    Hello Goopon.
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    kcorp2003 , January 23, 2011 5:34 AM
    mmmm that Indian home style food sure looks colorful and delicious. I WANT THAT COUPON! :) 
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    JohnnyLucky , January 23, 2011 5:05 PM
    It sounds interesting. Right now I'm getting local advertising on a web page that has nothing to do with what I'm looking for.
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    qu3becker , January 23, 2011 6:27 PM
    Ramen, yummy!! One bowl please!
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    duweb , January 30, 2011 4:49 PM
    http://bestgrouponclone.com/ best groupon clone
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    Anonymous , February 2, 2011 5:30 AM
    Now any one can start a Groupon like websites under $100.
    http://www.ndot.in/products/ndotdeals-opensource-groupon-clone
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    Anonymous , February 8, 2011 12:45 PM
    Google looking at other coupon companies in groupon clone living social is a biggest ecommerce trend..I hope it will be upcoming very shortly to entire...Gohead with this..
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    Anonymous , March 7, 2011 7:05 AM
    Wow, Google taking a slice of the pie so late in the game? Well, they'll have their database already built for them cause they're so huge and popular. I usually use this discount coupons website. They have some sweet deals for Apple products and other stuff too. Might give Google Offers a try when they go live, though.
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    groupclone , October 3, 2011 6:30 AM
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