Groupon acts locally with $10 credit offer

NEW YORK (AP) ? Groupon is thinking locally. The online deals site is offering a $10 credit to the first 150,000 people who purchase a local Groupon by Dec. 24.

The offer looks like a response to a recent promotion by Amazon that critics said hurt brick-and-mortar businesses. Last Saturday, Inc. gave shoppers a $5 discount if they used its Price Check app inside retail stores to find lower prices on its website.

Groupon CEO Andrew Mason says the offer is not a jab at Amazon. Rather, he says it’s a symbolic gesture to show people they can both save money and support local businesses.

EBay Inc. is also weighing in. The company is giving people a $10 credit to shop in stores if they spend $100 online.