Take That! Groupon Fires Back at LivingSocial With Discounted Barnes & Noble Gift Card

Not to be outdone by LivingSocial, which darn near caused a riot when it announced it was offering $20 gift cards to Amazon.com for only $10, Groupon has a deal of its own–with Amazon’s competitor, Barnes & Noble, no less! For the next three days, it is offering $20 gift cards for 10 bucks for most items available in the bookstore. But watch out–the expiration date is only two months away. By afternoon, Groupon had sold 2,412–far fewer than the 1.25 million LivingSocial ended up selling in just over 24 hours.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik