Why Groupon Can't Survive

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer-goods editor and analyst Austin Smith and industrials editor and analyst Brendan Byrnes discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin and Brendan talk about the difficult environment Groupon operates in, and the likelihood it'll be able to survive. With such low barriers to entry, more competitors getting added, and other companies having deeper pockets with better data, Austin doesn't see a long-term future for the company. Even seemingly unrelated companies like banks are getting involved now. In his opinion, Groupon could go down as one of the most disappointing of the Web 2.0 IPOs.

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