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Wednesday
Jun132012

Groupon Offers to Name Babies for $1,000

Scott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Groupon has a solution for expecting parents struggling to find an original name for their child: let the daily-deal website handle it for $1,000.

The name will not be randomly selected nor will it be generated from a personal questionnaire. It will be Clembough.

"No substitutes or modifications. Spelling non-negotiable. Any attempt to name your child 'Clembough' independent of this exclusive Groupon will be recognized by the world as a cheap imitation," the deal's fine print reads.

The baby-naming deal prompted media speculation about whether this deal was simply a publicity stunt in anticipation of Father's Day, which is June 17.

In response to a suspicious user on the deal's Q&A section, a Groupon copywriter wrote, in the company's standard tongue-in-cheek manner, "This is the most serious deal that Groupon has ever seriously run in its serious history."

On a more serious note, Julie Mosser, a Groupon spokeswoman, said the deal is absolutely real, and at least one person has accepted it.

The deal comes just a week after a different Groupon deal sparked similar bewilderment: for $100, Groupon employee Ben Kobold offered to tuck customers in and sing them "one of the five lullabies he has authored" in their homes. That deal was alternately hailed as a source of needed levity and criticized as downright creepy.

Launched in November 2008, Groupon offers one discount deal a day in each market it serves. As of 2011, Groupon was operating in 500 markets in 44 countries.

The Chicago-based company issued shares last November. The shares have fallen by 62 percent to $9.77.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Apr222011

Google Launches 'Offers,' Counters Groupon

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Google has launched its answer to Groupon.

People can now sign up for its daily deal service called Google Offers in New York City, the Bay Area and Portland, Oregon, with more places to follow.

Offers promises deals of 50 percent or more off of things like restaurant meals.

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