Google Offers sets its sights on Groupon with whale of a deal at The Seattle Aquarium

Google Offers is finally arriving on the shores of Seattle, and it is looking to make chum out of rival Groupon with a half off discount on tickets for the The Seattle Aquarium. Those who participate in the Google Offers’ deal also can apply the discount to a family or individual membership.

The Seattle Aquarium has limited the deal to two per person, though individuals may provide the offer to three additional friends or family members as gifts.

I gave the service a try tonight, intrigued with the idea of getting a $19 ticket to the aquarium for $9.50. The service worked pretty smoothly, though it was a bit confusing since I wanted to actually purchase two of the offers in one session. (It doesn’t appear as if that’s permitted, forcing the user to go back to the home screen in order to make another purchase).

Seattle is one of five new cities added to the Google Offers line-up, joining Boston, Denver, Austin and Washington D.C. Google debuted its daily deal offering in Portland in June, expanding it shortly thereafter to San Fran and New York City.

The expansion of Google Offers also comes amid some rocky times for Groupon, which reportedly has put its plans to go public on hold.

Google, meanwhile, has every intention of charging hard into the market for local deals, motivated even more so by the fact that Groupon spurned a $6 billion offer from the company late last year.

Previously on GeekWire: Is Portland the new Peoria? Google Offers arrives at Floyd’s

  • Guest

    Congratulations and welcome Google! I expect that with Google’s Android platform easily winning the handheld OS wars, it will become more and more easy to promote value-added services like this.

    Imagine you’re being driven in your Googlecar while listening to your Googletunes, and your Googlephone informs you that a nearby sushi restaurant is offering 70% off its nyotaimori dinner through Googloffers. You say yes. Googlevoice interprets your answer and charges your Googlewallet the appropriate amount. Your Googletunes resume, your Googlecar pulls into the sushi restaurant and, before you know it, you’re enjoying an indulgence that few men get to experience for less than one-third the price.

    The game is changed.

    • Guest

      I had the same experience with multiple tix, and found that this is by design. Seems a little backward; like a feature that got cut to get the product out on time. I found this in their help section:  http://www.google.com/support/offers/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1312362

      • johnhcook

        It does seem a bit backwards that you can’t just buy two offers in one session. That hung me a up a bit in my purchase as I kept hunting for that functionality, thinking I was doing something wrong. Thanks for the link. That helps explain things.