Google answers was an online knowledge market offered by google that allowed users to post bounties for well researched answers to their queries. asker-accepted answers cost $2 to $200. google retained 25% of the researcher's reward and a 50 cent fee per question. in addition to the researcher's fees, a client who was satisfied with the answer could also leave a tip of up to $100. in late november 2006, google reported that it planned to permanently shut down the service (except for the hong kong and arabic versions), and it was fully closed to new activity by late december 2006, although its archives remain available.