Classic Cat Tree

We’re giving Belinda G. of San Antonio, TX, who bought yesterday’s Groupon, this Armarkat Cat Gymnasium in ivory/beige.  It’s faux fleece and holds up to 40 pounds.  Includes assembly instructions.

Hot Dog Griller

We’re sending Alva S. of Oakland, CA this Waring Pro 200-watt Hot Dog Griller for buying yesterday’s Groupon.  The griller is housed in brushed stainless steel, includes non-stick rollers and drip tray.  It cooks up to 6 regular sized hot dogs in 8 minutes.


Celestron Telescope

Celestron PowerSeeker Telescope

Fatima H. of Roswell, GA purchased yesterday’s Daily Deal and is getting this Celestron PowerSeeker 70EQ Telescope.  It has 175x magnification with 4mm and 20mm eyepieces.  It comes with an adjustable aluminum tripod.


Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Dohnbi K. from Beverly Hills, CA will receive all six seasons of the television series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.  The DVD set was filmed in New Zealand and the United States and originally aired 1995-1999.   Congrats Dohnbi!

Collectible Haviland Plate

Heidi L. from Chicago, IL who purchased yesterday’s Daily Deal, will get this vintage, hand-painted “Laque de Chine” Azur plate. The white base is rimmed in gold.  Manufactured in Limoges, France.


1901 Blue Dress Shirt

Congratulations to Kenneth S. from Indianapolis, IN who purchased yesterday’s Daily Deal.  We’re sending him this 100% Cotton, Athletic Fit, Blue Dress Shirt from Nordstrom’s 1901 line.  1901 was the year John Nordstrom opened his first store in Seattle.


A Snapshot of Life at Groupon

So what are we working on these days at Groupon? Super important things – for example, check out this email I just got from our managing editor (and the guy that coined the name “Groupon”) concerning a conference room our writers are designing in our new office.

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Aaron With
> Date: April 21, 2010 8:08:41 PM CDT
> To: Andrew Mason
> Cc: Mark Desky
> Subject: Fwd: ‘Weird Room’ Shopping List and Assessment
>
> OK…here is our vision for the weird room, including the items we intend to purchase. It’s meant to be like a really strange bedroom, where every item is pretty weird, but you could concoct some strange, frightening story in your head to rationalize why it might be there. I’m pretty excited about this as a theme. There’s a lot of variety, but it’s just restrained enough to not be “random for the sake of random.”
>
> While we didn’t go for anything crazy expensive, it is going to cost us, at least a few grand undoubtedly.
>
> We can run up the budget, but that’s gonna take a while. I just want the go-ahead first from Andrew that you’re behind this thing & we’ll be able to pay for it.
>
> Unfortunately, to make this happen I’d probably need to use a temp who can run around & get & assemble this kind of stuff. They’d report to me & Kibblesmith. It’s the kind of thing that’s just not gonna happen if we don’t get someone on it full time for a little while. Is there someone currently available for this kind of thing we could use? I could see this taking 30 hours, though maybe up to 70ish.
>
> So Andrew—what do you think?
>
> Aaron With
> Groupon Managing Editor
> www.groupon.com
>
> e: aaron@groupon.com
>
>
>
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Daniel Kibblesmith
> Date: April 21, 2010 10:05:50 AM CDT
> To: Aaron With
> Subject: ‘Weird Room’ Shopping List and Assessment
> Here’s our list so far, with some a few additions toward building a very vague theme:

> 12 BOXES – Identical Obscure Cereal (Frute Brute, Urkel’O's, etc).

> 1 TERRARIUM (or shoebox diarama) Open or chewed through, creature has implicitly escaped, nearby jar of spider-food?

> 1 TOILET (not hooked up)

> SEVERAL BULK-SIZED BAGS OF INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED COLORFUL HARD CANDY (to fill toilet)

> 1 AIBO

> MAP OF BELGIUM OR OTHER FICTIONAL COUNTRY (with colorful pins)

> 1 BED (with itching powder, and fire-damaged sheets)

> BIKE-POWERED RECORD PLAYER (with ‘Smooth Operator’ Single)

> 1 JAR OF VASELINE (gently used from someone’s home)

> SOLAR SYSTEM MOBILE (some missing or replaced with alternatives)

> BERT AND ERNIE DOLLS WITH HEADS REMOVED AND SWAPPED (Handcuffed together)

> RUG WITH LUMP UNDER IT (lump held in place with staple gun, inaccessible)

> PAIR OF BOXERS PINNED TO WALL BY CEREMONIAL DAGGER

> ANNE GEDDES CALENDAR (Andrew Mason’s face taped over babies in advance, cryptic messages maintained on calendar)

> BIKE HELMET (with severe visible damage)

> ASSORTED WALL CLINGS AND STICKERS (many scratched off hastily)

> 3 – 12 DIGITAL PICTURE FRAMES (Rotating pictures of Andrew, Andrew holding up messages, and voyeuristic shots of staff working)

> MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY-STYLE STATIC ELECTRICITY BALL

> ANIMAL POSTERS WITH EYES BURNT OUT BY CIGARETTES

> DOOR HAS HOLE PUNCHED IN IT ::or:: AXE STUCK IN IT

> 6 CLOCKS LABELED AS DIFFERENT CITIES (all operating on CST)

> TABLE TOP MODEL OF CITY OF CHICAGO BENEATH A SHEET (doesn’t have to be nice, or to scale, SHOULD look like someone’s plan)

> 1 GUITAR BROKEN IN ANGER

> [THIS POSTER](http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Welcome-to-Mooseport-Posters_i420834_.htm) ON CEILING (or TBD equivalent)

> SOUND SYSTEM:
There are a couple ways to go with this, that I’d like your opinion on (we can also mix and match):
Big-Brother-style computerized text-to-speech translator reciting Groupon Says columns, or entire works from Google Books
Giant reel-to-reel tape recorder for aesthetic purposes
1980s-style answering machine with cryptic messages from Andrew and others, addressing an individual by name.
I think it’d be really funny to have messages directly from Andrew, addressing the owner of the room as “a disappointing boy.”

> THE NAME:
>
> I’ve been calling it ‘Michael’s Room,’ which I liked because it was really creepily generic, and conveyed some kind of monstrous manchild, but we can go with any name or designation (variant on the “Weird room,” etc.) At my house, the spare room is called ‘The Ghost Room,’ because presumably that’s who lives there.
>
> If we go with ‘Michael’s Room’ or similar I was thinking we could get some childlike askew adhesive letters to spell out ‘MICHAEL’S ROOM’ and then scratch a few of them off, maybe even with tools and a little fake blood so it looks like it was done desperately by hand.
>
> BUDGET:
>
> The more I got into this, the more it became clear I had no idea. Almost everything home-furnishings related could be gotten off Craigslist or from IKEA, but would require additional time commitment and transport. Something like the clocks, the cereal or the candy could all be gotten from Costco or ordered from office or restaurant suppliers, and things like the guitar and the vaseline, someone in our circle definitely owns already. I wanted to run this list by you and see whether we should add or cut anything, before getting into the budgeting, because finding this stuff is going to be a pretty intensive separate job.
>
> SMOOTH OPERATOR:
>
> Cullen had a really inspired idea on the record-bike (and the room in general), which is going to the Steppenwolf props department, or other theater departments, who might have experience putting together live practicals with mechanical components. I imagine we can get the record off eBay or from a local store.
>
> So that’s all the notes consolidated plus more, the next step would be hunting these things down, and figuring out a way to transport and pay for them. Working remotely on write-ups, but let me know if you want me to start sending out e-mails and pricing all of the above.
>
> – Daniel

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Star Wars Battle of Endor(TM) Lego set

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Claudia P. of Odenton, MD will receive a Star Wars Battle of Endor Lego set, which includes an Ewok catapult, glider, and speeder bikes; an Imperial bunker with exploding feature; and 12 minifigures, including three all-new Ewok minifigures, Han Solo and Princess Leia.


Special role available bridging The Point with Groupon!

Description

[The Point](http://www.thepoint.com) launched in 2007 as a collective action platform based on the idea of conditional participation. Any user can create their campaign to do something as a group, and the group only acts if and when a predetermined “tipping point” is reached. The tipping point model gives participants the confidence that their time or money will only be called upon if enough people join with them to make a real difference.

In 2008, the founders of The Point applied the tipping point model to harness the collective power of consumers by launching [Groupon](http://www.groupon.com), the site you’re on right now. We get businesses to give our community of consumers enormous discounts by guaranteeing them a minimum number of new customers. Continue Reading

Announcing the Groupon Public API

We’re happy to announce that the Groupon Public API has come out of beta and available to anybody with a Groupon user account.

All you have to do is grab an API key and agree to the terms of use. As long as you’ve been playing by the rules we’ll honor requests using that API key. We’ll also throttle the number of requests per minute, currently to 200, but we may change that.

Enough about the rules already, what you can do with the API? Continue Reading