I think the saying goes something like this - don't poke the lion with a stick especially when that lion is Google and they just offered you $6 BILLION dollars for your 2 year old company. Why you say? Because that lion will just use part of its $20,000,000,000 a year revenue stream and create Google Offers.
In my opinion, Google Offers will quickly explode in all markets because of the reach Google has with both consumers and business owners. They have an existing database through Google/Gmail accounts that could create a list of consumers to rival Groupon's list in very short order. They also have a HUGE database of business owners with their Google Places and Google Adwords/Adsense account holders.
The 2 will surely be tapped to create one amazing Group Buying experience for Google Offers users.
Groupon, you should have sold when you had the chance.
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