Google to launch deal site

Attention, daily deal website users. There’s another (yes, another) site in town, and most of you will be familiar with the name: it’s Google.

According to Mashable’s article, Google’s mode of operation is, “If you can’t join ‘em, beat ‘em.”

Google famously tried to buy Groupon for $6 billion just a few months ago in order to bolster its local advertising business. Groupon rejected the offer though and is instead preparing for a $15 billion IPO.

The search giant clearly isn’t giving this market up without a fight, though. With its vast reach, huge resources and brand recognition, it could prove to be a powerful player in the space. We’re going to be watching these developments closely. We’ve reached out to Google for comment.

Is there room in your life for another deal site? What would you expect from Google in this arena?

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

See a great deal I should know about? Email me at You can also follow me on Facebook or on Twitter @atlbargains.

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January 21st, 2011
11:26 pm

Google has lost its innovativeness. why is it trying to copy all sucessful models. It should have created a daily deals search like instead of cloning Groupon..


January 23rd, 2011
11:18 am

It will be interesting to see how this plays out with Google vs. Groupon vs. LivingSocial (although I hope Google comes up with a better name than Offers). I love the daily deal sites and I don’t mind that there are lots of smaller Groupon clones that will never be big, but are still able to bring me great local deals! I started a site to track all of the Groupon clone sites at …. I’ve got 130 group buying sites so far and you can sort to see which have offers for your city. If you know of any I’m missing, please submit them through my site.

John K.

January 25th, 2011
11:02 am

Bring it on. It will be good for consumers. Hopefully, they will offer amazing deals not just your typical deals. I love following this site for all the daily deals in Atlanta.


January 26th, 2011
3:58 pm

If they offer deals on something other than spa visits, they will do fine.

Lauren Davidson

January 26th, 2011
3:59 pm

@Mike: Amen to that.