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GoSango offices vacant as company flounders

The viability of Kelowna-based group buying company GoSango is in serious question today, as its offices sit empty, its staff waits in limbo and its online presence begins to fade.  The company's facebook and twitter feeds are down, and the main website is no longer offering "daily deals."

The group buying business started about a year ago in the Okanagan and quickly grew to markets through the Okanagan and Lower Mainland.

But merchants now say they haven't been paid for the coupons that GoSango sold on their behalf.  CBC spoke with three companies with similar complaints. One of them is Pure Air, a duct-cleaning business in Kelowna. Lane Martin is one of the owners. Daybreak host Chris Walker asked him about his experience with GoSango.

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Chris also paid a visit to the GoSango office in Kelowna.  Here's what happened.

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Daybreak offered GoSango an opportunity to respond on the air.  CEO Mike Minor has so far not responded to that offer, although he did say that GoSango has had cash flow problems.  He said his priority is to keep the website up so that customers CAN access their coupons. And Mr. Minor says the vast majority of GoSango clients and customers are satisfied with the service.

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