Groupon recently made its billionth sale, solidifying it as one of the most well-known and highly regarded companies of its time. However, despite the fact that the company has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Groupon. Well, what are you waiting for? Check it out for yourself below!
Number Fifteen: It’s Saved Consumers Nearly $20 Billion
Since the company’s creation, it’s helped save people billions of dollars. Collectively, the service has saved its customers a whopping $20 billion.
Number Fourteen: Groupon Now Belongs to an Elite Group
Since it made its billionth sale in February of 2016, the company joined an elite group of companies including Apple, McDonald’s, and Uber. All of these companies have made at least one billion sales.
Number Thirteen: The Billionth Groupon Sold Was for Pizza
It’s true! The billionth one sold was for an $11 for $20 promotion at Pirrone’s Pizzeria, located in the St. Louis area.
Number Twelve: The First One Sold Was Also for Pizza
The very first coupon the company sold was in 2008 and was good for $26 worth of pizza (it cost $13). The coupon was for Chicago’s Motel Bar.
Number Eleven: The Person Who Bought the Billionth Groupon Gets an Entire Year for Free
As if buying the billionth one wasn’t lucky enough, the person who bought it will receive $100 in Groupon Bucks good at local businesses for an entire calendar year. The person who bought the billionth Groupon is named Kat Rowe.
Number Ten: It Reached the $1 Billion Milestone Faster Than Any Other Company
We already mentioned that the company recently made its billionth sale, but it holds another special honor involving billions as well. The company was valued at $1 billion after just 16 months – the fastest a company has ever accomplished this.
Number Nine: It’s Responsible for an Extra $7 Billion Going to Local Businesses
It’s no secret that Groupon values local businesses, but most people don’t realize just how much it’s helped over the years. Since the company began, it’s helped consumers put more than $7 billion back into local businesses.
Number Eight: It Offered a Presidential Campaign for $1,000
In late 2015, the company ran a deal in which consumers could spend $1,000 for “Campaign in a Can.” The deal allegedly provided consumers with everything they needed for a successful presidential campaign, although nobody ended up buying it (unsurprisingly).
Number Seven: It Helped Make the Glamburger Happen
In 2014, one London restaurant partnered with the company to create the “Glamburger.” The burger, which cost $1,770, featured Kobe Wagyu beef, smoked salt, gold leaf, black truffle brie, and caviar. Yum!
Number Six: It’s Possible to Live Off of Groupons for an Entire Year
And someone actually did it! Josh Stevens decided to attempt the challenge the company created and successfully lived off of Groupons for an entire year. He received a prize of $100,000 as a result.
Number Five: It’s Sold 223 Miles of Stacked Burgers
Chances are you’ll either find this amazing or disgusting, but the fact remains intact. The company has sold enough burger Groupons that the burgers eaten using them would stack up 223 miles high.
Number Four: It’s Making Rhode Island Famous
Well, sort of. The company recently released its list of the top 10 cities that have the friendliest local businesses, and Providence, Rhode Island, was number one! Number two was Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and number three was New Orleans, Louisiana.
Number Three: Most Groupon Merchants Have 20 or Fewer Employees
In fact, more than 90 percent of the company’s merchants in the United States have 20 or fewer employees – that’s almost all of them! One-third of the company’s merchants in the United States are the sole proprietor.
Number Two: It’s Helped Sell Nearly 60 Million Slices of Pizza
An impressive 59,238,080 slices of pizza have been bought with Groupons since the very first one in 2008. Considering the first and last Groupon were both for pizza, the company truly has come full circle.
Number One: It Would Take You 32 Years to Say ‘Groupon’ One Billion Times
Don’t try celebrating the company’s billionth sale by repeating the company’s name one billion times, because it would take you 32 years. Thanks for reading!