questionswhat happened to the restaurant.com 80% off deals?

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@kcvargo: correction - they call the exchange credits 'eGiftCards' NOT 'e-certificates'. Just wanted to clarify. You can also call Restaurant/com customer service, 800-979-8985. They are very helpful -kcv

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I think that some restaurants may have wanted the change to a higher minimum purchase price. If you keep looking, there should be ones with a lower minimum and different places join all the time. Some very popular restaurants don't allow any further discounting when there are Restaurant.com sales too, so keep an eye out for them too. It is true that certificates no longer expire. If you have old ones, check your Restaurant.com account. They should show up in your list of purchased certificates with a notation telling you to click on the link to 'exchange the certificate'. When you do that, it puts a credit in your 'e-certificates' and you can immediately do an exchange, or keep it there to exchange later. Check the 'e-certificates' link even if you don't find old ones needing exchange. You may have credits already moved and ready for exchange. Friends of mine who had old ones also told me that Restaurant.com customer service is very helpful if you call them. Enjoy!!

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@moondrake: Cool! I'll check my account. Thanks for the new info --it may make a returning customer out of me.

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@magic cave: Yes, it has changed. And if you didn't use the ones you bought they should still be in your account. My really old ones for a town in a neighboring state I sometimes visit that once had an expiration date are in there still with no expiration date now.

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@moondrake: Those I bought did indeed have an expiration date; I think it was one year out. Perhaps that's changed now, however.

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@magic cave: I don't mind the 35 minimum ones too much. My friend and I can split an appetizer, get meals and soft drinks, and split a dessert and that just about exactly hits the $35 goal. But $50 is just too much for two people.

@jimmyd103: I've accidentally found a way around that problem. I bought a lot of certificates to restaurants that have since closed, and they are in my accounts as credits. They don't credit the amount I paid for them, they credit that I have a $25 value certificate coming to me. So I can get another $25 certificate any time with them.

I really like r.com. The $25 for $35 certificates are better than Groupons, because they cut the price of the meal by half (after tips and taxes) but unlike Groupons they don't expire and you don't have to pay your share of the costs up front. But they are pricing themselves out of my market with their $50 minimums.

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I purchased $20 worth ($250 certificate value) a long time ago and I still have a substantial amount left. I never remember to log in at the first of the month to grab certificates to the good places. Wait what's the date? See.... it never works out for me. Remind me in 5 days :)

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friend of mine says she is signed up to get the emails directly from restaurants.com. no waiting to see if/when they go on sale. don't know for myself because i live in an area with no accepting places within 25 miles, plus i'm too cheap to go someplace that has a minimum order.

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@moondrake: I bought a couple of restaurant.com offers a couple of years ago, before I paid close attention to the restrictions for use. Never used them, and have never bought any others. I have the same problem you mentioned: virtually all of them in this area require a minimum of $35 purchase excluding alcohol. We seldom go to restaurants where a meal is $18+, and those we do patronize never show up on restaurant.com.

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I was disappointed the last time I visited restaurant.com because they are moving from $25off a $35 meal to $25 off a $50 meal at most places in my area. It is usually just my friend and I, with sometimes a third person, and for our area an average meal is $7-8 and a very nice meal is around $12. It's very hard for two people to spend $50 on a meal and non-alcoholic beverages here. Plus, with $25 off a $35 meal, after tax and tip you end up getting the meal for about half price. With $25 off a $50 meal, with tax and tip you are getting maybe a third off. I was going to buy one for a local BBQ place last weekend until I saw the $50 minimum-- this is a very casual, no waiters, order at the counter, throw away the paper plates when you are done kind of place. The super large plate is $7, the regular plates are $5. I'd have to bring a half dozen people with me to spend $50 there. Are you having a similar problem or is it local?

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They are still around. They do them around once a month or so. The most recent one, EARTH, ended 3 days ago.