Google Offers was supposed to be the product that killed the daily deal sites like Living Social and Groupon. It hasn’t, to say the least, and perhaps you can blame the quality of its offers.
Like the one from Otha’s
, a coffee shop in Brooklyn. It’s latest Google Offer is for free napkins. It doesn’t appear to be a joke, but perhaps it’s a brilliant publicity stunt.
As the offer points out, it’s only valid April 29, and there’s a 10 napkin limit.
A recent Huffington Post
article (which calls the offer the “worst coupon ever”) points out the offer and doesn’t give many more details, but the comments are pretty entertaining, many pointing to the decline of journalism in general.
Some speculate whether the offer is in response to the man who is suing McDonald’s
for $1.5 million after being given a single napkin.
And Jack B. writes, “I feel like this was a joke/promotional stunt. Exactly so articles like this would be written and "journalists" would provide free marketing. Brilliant.”
Someone named Scott calls it “perfect hipster bait.” The coffee shop is, after all, in the notoriously hipstery Williamsburg.
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The consensus seems to be that it’s a joke to get media outlets to write about it. If that’s the case, well played, Osha’s.