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Groupon for Groupon mocks rumors of Google buying Groupon

November 29, 2010 |  4:24 pm

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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 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:

"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 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.

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Image: a screen shot of www.GrouponforGroupon.com

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