Groupon for Groupon mocks rumors of Google buying Groupon
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 www.GrouponforGroupon.com -- 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:
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
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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 www.RandomYouTubeInsult.com.
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 www.GrouponforGroupon.com.
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Image: a screen shot of www.GrouponforGroupon.com