Michigan Turns to Groupon to Drum Up Alumni Association Membership

By DJ Byrnes on May 18, 2014 at 8:00a

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


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Knarcisi's picture

I hear Walmart is selling degrees. 

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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.

High and tight boo boo

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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.

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Hovenaut's picture

You go on with your bad self, Dave Brandon.

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brandonbauer87's picture

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

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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.

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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.

A man got to have a code...

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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 !

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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

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Unky Buck's picture

They just need for AOL to connect first...


Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

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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.

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BuckeyeSki's picture

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

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