Starbucks deal breaks Groupon website

An offer for a $10 voucher for a $5 payment sets the Internet afire. It's not the worst problem for the company to have, however.

By Kim Peterson Mar 22, 2013 2:13PM
Image: Woman with computer ( Jose Luis Pelaez/Getty Images/Getty Images)Updated 4:08 p.m. ET

Groupon
(GRPN) offered a tough deal to resist Friday: Pay $5, and get a $10 voucher to use at Starbucks (SBUX).

The Internet came alive. More than 100,000 people bought the deal within hours.

The traffic was too much for Groupon's website to handle, however. The site wasn't able to load pages, it couldn't complete purchases and reverted to the Groupon.com home page.

People took to Twitter to air their grievances. "I guess the Starbucks offer has rendered the Groupon website highly unstable and prone to tectonic shifting!" wrote one user. "Starbucks fanatics have crashed @Groupon," wrote another.

"Groupon's site is struggling to stay up," wrote another. "Apparently it's touched upon what people really want to buy: cheap Starbucks gift cards."Some people were still having problems by Friday afternoon.

Not the best situation for Groupon's frenzied Web staff, but still a nice problem for the company to have. Investors were loving it; shares of the stock rose 5.4% Friday afternoon to $5.71.

Groupon needed a boost after the board fired CEO Andrew Mason late last month. Groupon is now looking for a new CEO. Until one is found, co-founder Eric Lefkofsky and vice chairman Ted Leonisis are acting as co-CEOs.

So add this to the must-have list for the next boss: Someone who can keep a website alive.

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83Comments
Mar 22, 2013 2:50PM
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95% of the Groupon deals are worthless.  Finally they have one I can use.  Apparently many others felt the same way.

Mar 22, 2013 3:54PM
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Social media is nothing more than a modern social disease.

 

 

Mar 22, 2013 3:43PM
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A cup of regular coffee  @ Starbucks cost anywhere from $1.60 to $1.90
Mar 22, 2013 4:40PM
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I served our country in the Marine Corps and when a group of Marines deployed in Afganastan asked them to send them coffee (not for free mind you) but just ship it to them they declined stating... starbucks does not in any way support the war overseas. those brave men and women are doing what is asked of them being US servicemen and women. I think Starbucks should thank them for what they have done and what has been done before them. Because without those brave men and women how would those idiots charge 3.00 for coffee.
Mar 22, 2013 2:33PM
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I must have gotten mine before the crash (or maybe after?) .  This cheap latte sure tastes good!
Mar 22, 2013 4:59PM
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I have tried Groupon's pay $10 for $20 of food at various restaurants.  All were taken well and everything worked the way it is supposed to.  Saved the money, tried various foods at the restaurant and have returned there to eat several times since without coupons.  I have done this at 4 different restaurants to this point and will continue.  A good value (50 per cent off) and convenient.
Mar 22, 2013 3:46PM
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HA!  I decided to try and buy one while reading this and had no issues!

Mar 22, 2013 4:00PM
Mar 22, 2013 4:01PM
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You'd think they were the US government, operating like that....

 

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Mar 22, 2013 4:16PM
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They would have to 'pay me' to drink a Starbucks coffee. Local privately owned shops have much better coffee.
Mar 22, 2013 3:35PM
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There has been another Starbucks offer previously on either Amazon or or maybe Living Social for the same type of offer.  They did seem to have any problems; I know because I bought several.
Mar 22, 2013 5:39PM
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Even at half price,  it's still too much.
Mar 22, 2013 3:51PM
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why would i want to pay way to much for old stale burnt crap coffee when i can get that at home for a few pennies after i left the pot on too long
Mar 22, 2013 4:26PM
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Starbucks is what it is- I certainly don't hit my local Starbucks each morning- But it's nice once in a while to treat yourself. I love their Mocha Coconut Fraps in the summertime- (((((:


Mar 22, 2013 6:06PM
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The fact of the matter is that Starbucks is a company that has roots to the northwest.  They take care of their employees, and have created jobs.  If I have to pay a little bit more for a cup of coffee to get someone a decent paycheck with decent benefits, I will.
Mar 22, 2013 4:25PM
Mar 22, 2013 3:52PM
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My wife loves Starbucks, I like strong black coffee, from anywhere.
Mar 22, 2013 4:33PM
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