Posted March 10, 2011 2:20 pm by with 4 comments

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Using your Groupon coupon for 50% off today? No problem, sir. I’ll just hit this button on the cash register and the machine will do the math for me.

Oh yes, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, Groupon is in talks with the major cash register manufacturers to have Groupon buttons added to all their machines.

The article goes on to say that Groupon is testing a number of avenues that “will let merchants account more efficiently for Groupon transactions and returns.”

Returns? Didn’t know you could do that? I’d like to return this tan, please. It’s a bit too orange for my liking. . .

Groupon is big, but is it that big that they need their own button? Says Bloomberg,

The U.S. daily-deals market will grow to $3.93 billion in 2015, from $873 million last year, according to a projection from BIA/Kelsey. Under the most favorable conditions, sales could reach as much as $6.1 billion, the Chantilly, Virginia-based consulting firm said.

Groupon is now under a lot of pressure from other daily deal sites, even Foursquare has added a flash deal option for merchants in their latest upgrade. But still I say, their own button on the cash register? How about a Paypal button on cash registers. Now that would be a helpful way to further online / offline relations.

What do you think? Is this really about making things easier for merchants or is it just a publicity ploy to get Groupon back in the spotlight?

  • Its a nice thought and I can see why Groupon is doing it, but just doesn’t seem like it will work. I don’t think they will ever need their own button.

  • I think many people could benefit from the ease of having a ‘groupon’ button on cash registers. It would make many more retailers able to use group buying deals and daily deals as well.

    One great site to use to save money is This site will compile great deals and savings in your area and email them to your inbox daily, saving you the time of searching endless for the right sale.

  • Shane

    Sounds good to me 🙂 The more Groupon expands the better I have a chance of seeing Groupon in my local area offering its great deals. For now I have to rely on the guys at to gather all the daily NATIONAL Groupon deals that I can buy regardless of where I live.

  • Jeffrey G

    Have you guys heard about the new Groupon like website?

    It is just like Groupon, except if you sign someone up FOR FREE, you earn 5% commission on every coupon they ever buy!

    You earn 2% commission on every coupon if you sign up a company!

    1000+ people are joining a day now for free.

    Don’t miss out.