Groupon for Groupon mocks rumors of Google buying Groupon


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The rumors that Google has bought Groupon for about $2.5 billion have been rampant on tech blogs and tweets all day.

And, although Internet rumors of tech giants buying start-ups are nothing new, the as-of-yet-unconfirmed-possible purchase of Groupon by Google was a source of inspiration for Internet marketer John Boyle.


Boyle created -- a website that pokes fun at the rumors by spoofing the company’s online coupon deals and in turn, the company itself.

The website has just one web page -- a mock listing for Groupon, available for a $1-billion discount, which brings the price down to just $3 billion.

The fine print on the faux-deal reads:

‘Expires…? Site may be a fad Limit 1 per customer Stock & Earnout not included Not valid with other offers’

Boyle lists Groupon’s highlights sarcastically as:

‘$350 Million in Revenue Turned down Yahoo! Featured on TechCrunch Global reach’

Boyle takes credit for the website in text at the bottom of the fake listing, writing ‘Legal: This is not a real coupon. This page is not endorsed by Groupon, Google or anyone else who tries to buy it. It’s a joke.’

And, according to the website, Boyle has made a couple other joke websites, including

Mountain View-based Google, Chicago-based Groupon and Boyle, who lives in Seattle, were not available for comment Monday afternoon on the sale rumors or


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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles