Google has bought Sparkbuy, a comparison shopping site that has focused on laptops. The site closed today as part of the purchase; the three person team will continue on with Google.
It's signed by Dan Shapiro, CEO of Sparkbuy, along with the other two people at the company, Scot Haug and Isaac Myers. Google says all three will begin working in Google's Kirkland office, which is near Seattle. From the Google statement:
We're thrilled that Sparkbuy will be joining Google. They have built an impressive comparison shopping site that is simple in design yet powerful for consumers, and we think their expertise, vision and energy will be a great addition to our Kirkland office.
The Sparkbuy web site now has message, saying:
We are pleased as punch to announce that Sparkbuy has been acquired by Google.
I know, right? We can hardly believe it ourselves.
When we built Sparkbuy way back in the waning days of 2010, we wanted to make it really easy to find the gadget that's perfect for your needs. Our idea was that you could combine huge piles of structured data with an intuitive interface, et voila: a few clicks to find the electronics widget with exactly the features you want. Have you tried to find a great laptop or TV recently? Crazy hard.[…]
Here's the screenshot of the Sparkbuy site: