Michigan Turns to Groupon to Drum Up Alumni Association Membership

May 18, 2014 at 8:00a    by DJ Byrnes    

Groupon is a deal-of-the-day site used by businesses to drum up sales through the old "quantity over quality" hustle. Uninsured but need your teeth cleaned on the cheap? There's a Groupon for that. Looking for a cost-effective way to take a date to a candlelit dinner at a five-star restaurant? Groupon has you covered. 

But let's say you happen to be looking to join the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan? Turns out, for a limited time, you can do that too for 50% off the sticker price.

What does the $69, two-year membership get you?

  • VIP access to athletic events like Michigan football's last-second victory over the University of Akron and their last-second defeat to The Ohio State University.
  • "Personally tailored professional career developmental support" your Michigan degree apparently didn't buy you already.
  • Discounts from Dell, Wyndham Hotels and car-rental services like Avis and Hertz!

With a little under three days remaining on the sale, however, it appears Michigan folks don't have a keen eye for a hot deal: As of this writing, only four people have taken advantage of this one-time offer.

Source: @abbycurt



Knarcisi's picture

I hear Walmart is selling degrees. 

+8 HS
gumtape's picture

My brother and I both graduated from OSU. He works at Walmart. He also makes more than probably 99% of all M*chigan grads.

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

BHT's picture

But let's say you happen to be looking to join the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan?

Unless you were a TSUN fan, why?!!??

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

This is SAD

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

+1 HS
Hovenaut's picture

You go on with your bad self, Dave Brandon.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

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brandonbauer87's picture

Wait. Does a $69 purchase offer me rights to purchase The Game tickets at face?

+6 HS
Hovenaut's picture


"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

+12 HS
Smanpoint10's picture

that's my friends dad!

dbit's picture

Kind of looks like Rich Rod

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Furious George 27's picture

Rich Rod is too busy winning in Arizona for that to be him.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

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bux_booster's picture

2:16pm, over six hours since posting ,and it still shows only 4 sold.

+2 HS
dubjayfootball90's picture

hahahaha... cant stop laughing... LOL

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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sharks's picture

Per mgo, you don't need to be an alum to join.  Apparently having $69 and the willingness to fork it over are the only barriers to admission.

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

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Floyd Stahl's picture

Doesn't alumni imply that you graduated from or at least attended the school? Only at TTUN.

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Knarcisi's picture

Free donuts here !

+2 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

They gotta do something to generate business when they only have about 7,215 fans at their spring game.


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Buckeyeneer's picture

Groupon??? Way to be on the cutting edge. Be sure to spread the word on Myspace.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

+2 HS
Unky Buck's picture

They just need for AOL to connect first...



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buckguyfan1's picture

And... One lucky winner gets to hand deliver Hoke's pink slip at the end of this season.

BuckeyeSki's picture

They don't even throw in a set of keys for jingling? What a rip-off

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