IanKelley - 3:05 pm on Dec 12, 2010 (gmt 0)
Maybe not the narrow use-case that you outlined but in the real world this is a great service.
From what I understand he was actually outlining the majority of cases. I've read from numerous sources that Groupon normally takes 50% of the businesses revenue on the offer (which is just insane to me) and requires a huge discount in addition to that. Doing a groupon offer with a small discount is not an option.
So unless you're selling something with a huge markup, or you can guarantee that X% of customers are going to spend money in addition to the coupon, you're going to lose money.
In some cases I can see the publicity being worth it (grand openings, innovations, etc...) but that's not the majority.
Groupon looks fantastic from a consumer perspective, and there's no question it's a cool idea, but as more and more businesses lose money running a groupon offer, it's going to get easier for a competitor who wants a smaller cut to take market share.
Google-Groupon merger would draw more regulatory scrutiny than any other deal Google has ever done.
Am I crazy or would a Google-Groupon buyout, in reality, draw zero scrutiny? This is just Groupon patting itself on the back :-)