Google is getting ready to launch Google Offers, Mashable reports. It’s a deal site with daily e-mails, which will operate much like Groupon, LivingSocial or any of those outfits: you get an e-mail about a local deal, you have to respond in a certain timetable, et cetera. Mashable has a fact sheet, if you’re inclined to take a look.
One of the things I’ve noticed since I left college is how seemingly everyone I know in my age range has held onto their college identification cards. Why? Because of the student discounts, of course. I can’t remember the last time I received a student discount, but I am holding onto that student I.D. card as long as possible (i.e. until I lose it, at which point I will be bombarded with opportunities for discounts that I will be unable to redeem, of course).
This Lifehacker article tells you some ways to get college discounts for forever, which is quite useful if you are inclined to use the advice. But, as the Bucks blog points out: “To be sure, there are clear ethical and dishonesty issues with asking for a student discount when you’re not a student.” That’s a fair point. On the other hand: There are clear ethical and dishonesty issues with the prices non-students are charged. Eh? Whatever, we still all have to pay $19 bucks to see a movie.