Is it just me, or is Restaurants.com just a big scam?
At the very least, it's extemely misleading. My wife and I purchased something recently and it came with a "$25 gift certificate to Restaurants.com" and it said things like "Accepted at more than 15,000 restaurants nationwide!".
Now, I'm always skeptical of something sounding too good to be true. I had heard that it was a bit misleading and decided to give it a go anyway. Afterall, if I'm not paying for the service, how can it be bad?
So, I get to the site and there are only a handful of restaurants on the list -- all of which are locally owned/operated. To get my $25 certificate, there is a minimum purchase requirement of $45 -- That's understandable as I'm sure restaurants.com kicks little amount back to the restaurants, but it also says "an 18% gratuity will be added before discount".
We would have to spend $53.10 to save $25, so 28.10 out of pocket. We rarely spend anywhere near that to eat out.
Anyway, it's just maddening. Anyone else feel like it's a load of useless crap?