Groupon New Zealand is revving up their engines for a launch in the near future, although a specific date has not been set. The kiwi site is up and only accepting sign-ups with a $10 voucher as an incentive for every friend you sign up. You can earn as much as $120 in vouchers. Groupon plans to grow by making deals available in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.
The discount coupon platform will have a web site address different from its usual form. One more “n” is added to “Groupon” and if you place your cursor over the Groupon New Zealand logo, you’ll get a small window that says “Coupons, Deals by Stardeals.” Stardeals is Groupon’s name in Australia since they were unable to nab the groupon.com.au from its current owner, Scoopon. Groupon was unable to nab their domain name from the Australian site since it had been plucked from under them. Scoopon is attempting to cash in on what could turn out to be a very good deal.
The National Business Review reports New Zealand is already inundated with Groupon clones, including Grabone, Cudo, Groupy (recently bought by Yellow), Spreets (now part of Yahoo) 1-Dayout and TradeMe’s TreatMe, among others.
GroupOn New Zealand registered with the Companies Office on February 16, 20011, and lists the Phillips Fox tower in Auckland as its address. It will be interesting to see how Groupon fairs in New Zealand with all these other deal making sites.