Facebook Deals for Places: Who's offering discounts to Facebook users

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Today Facebook launched Deals for Places, an add-on to Facebook Places which brings discounts and deals to Facebook users at businesses large and small. The Facebook Deals will be rolling out to users over the next few days and will be delivering buy-one get-one free deals at restaurants, cheap sports tickets, an extra night at the Palms, free Jeans from the GAP and more -- just for checking into a business with Facebook Places on your mobile phone.

The new offers from Deals for Places are similar to the discounts we have seen for Foursquare and Gowalla users, which reward users for checking into a location on their smart phone. Checking in at a store basically means you have opened an app on your phone that can determine your rough location, and clicking a button that marks you as visiting. Other check in services, like ShopKick, use a audio-based system to prove you're in the store.