Willing to drop $1,000 for one of the most daunting tasks as a new parent, like selecting a name for your newborn? Well, fret not because deal-of-the day discount site Groupon is offering to name your baby for you in a deal many have speculated was hacked or a complete scam.
The description for the Groupon Names Your Baby ad reads:
All too often, the importance of a child's name takes a backseat to other needs such as food, shelter, and clothing. Groupon, the World's Foremost Authority in Baby Naming, has stepped up to address this issue. Upon your child's birth, Groupon will relieve you of the burden of naming your baby by bestowing a specially selected, custom first name upon your infant son or daughter. Purchasers will e-mail Groupon with their voucher number, and we will e-mail you back with a name for your child based on the name's aesthetic value and for how it might look emblazoned on a trophy one day -- for a child named by Groupon will grow tall and proud, and he or she will be a beacon of hope in a world that is in such desperate need of one. Don't settle for non-Groupon-approved names such as Kevin or Bridget --l et us gift your sweet child with a moniker for the ages.
In the fine print, Groupon warns that the deal is limited to one per parent as well as per child, meaning if you're Octomom, Groupon's baby naming service will amount to $8,000 in damages.
Groupon said it will name any baby whose parents purchase the deal Clembough, leading many Groupon users to believe the deal posted in New York City was a prank.
According to Slate, the deal is the real deal according to Groupon's public relations agency, which added the deal site was not hacked. A Groupon representative also verified the authenticity of the deal in the Deal Q&A section, saying, This is the most serious deal that Groupon has ever seriously run in its serious history.
However, it is unclear whether or not the reviews associated with Groupon's baby naming deal are authentic.
My daughter is named Clembough and will one day be president of this continent. Thanks, Groupon! Deborah Rodbelt, mother of Clembough Rodbelt wrote.
I had Groupon name my son because I wanted him to be proud of his future tombstone, Donald Clunch, father of Clembough Clunch added.
As of Wednesday morning, the deal has been purchased just six times.
This isn't the first time Groupon has offered a bizarre deal. Last week, the site offered a deal where Groupon employee Ben Kobold would come tuck you in bed at home for $100, Reuters reported.
Ben's sinewy, well-groomed fingers delicately raise each sheet and blanket over your body until you're comfortably bundled, the offer said. Careful not to disturb any children who may be in the adjacent room, Ben leans in and uses his summer-breeze-like voice to gently sing you one of the five lullabies he has authored.
Groupon spokeswoman Julie Mossler verified the authenticity of the deal to Reuters.
There's a real demand for a service like this, Mossler said. There's nothing strange about it. It's very straightforward.