questionsis restaurant.com a scam?

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I have bought from them before, more or less you are buying really good coupons.
That are not really gift certificates

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I can echo that - not a scam. Promotional stuff I guess

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Nope, it's legit. Make sure you read all the restrictions before you buy. These often exclude certain times of day and days of the week, and there is almost always a coupon code, don't pay the full price without searching.

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@tygerdave: Very true, when I bought I got a total of 80% off with a coupon code which made stuff really cheap

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I learned the hard way to be sure we would be able to meet the minimum-purchase requirements. For many restaurants, the required minimum would be more than two people would normally pay for a meal, so unless we had a third person with us the likelihood of using the discount was fairly small. The process itself is legit, though, and we've used their coupons several times.

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I agree with everyone. Read all the restrictions carefully before you buy. It is just a good coupon but can save you some money.

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@tygerdave: what would be the minimum deal you would buy with? Some people have posted 80% off was a good deal but i am guessing that is a deal that is not always running

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one more question, do you print these online when you buy them (you could use them the same day) or do them come in the mail?

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@kappelzs: They will e-mail them to you. I think my took about 5 minutes or so

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@kappelzs: I think the standard is 50% off, if you find one with terms you like give it a try. I will try to find a code though

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@kappelzs: You print them immediately - http://www.theidealmeal.com/help.asp?pgn=x#12 hmmm guess the ideal meal was their first name or something - weird

80% off happens a LOT, but I buy whenever I need one, it's usually a good price even without the discount. Although without the discount you might end up buying an appetizer or dessert to meet the minimum spending requirement and then not really be saving much money over what you would have normally spent.

Also, it's good way to find a new restaurant to try so don't just stick to your favorites :-)

*edit - Now until the 30th - coupon code 'fall' gets you 80% off

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@kappelzs: I guess you found it. "Fall" would be the current code

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@shirtdeals: I saw someone posted AUTUMN and that didnt work so i started guessing, second one i guessed was FALL which worked perfectly. Excited to try it, thanks all!

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I have found that the restaurants around Santa Clara Ca that they deal with are mostly sub-standard, and sometimes overpriced places. So be careful to make sure that you really are saving yourself money.

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@kappelzs: I've been using them for years and I love it for the most part.

The restaurants seem to run the gamut here in the Philadelphia area from new places with no track record to speak of to places that have been open "forever." You do have to be careful that you're reading the conditions from coupon to coupon. I don't think they're trying to trick or confuse you. I think they just give the restauranteurs a lot of options to create offers.

Also, they email you those coupon codes to use for discounts and the 80% discounts show up as we get closer to the end of the month to encourage people to buy certificates before they replenish the supply on the first of each month.

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Use code WOW today for 1 day only and get 90% off

I love restaurant.com

We have kids so it's not hard for us to hit the minimum requirements.

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I ordered 5 gift "cards" with a guarantee free 3 day delivery if my purchase was $40 or greater. My plan was to give them out as Christmas gifts. I did not receive anything in the mail, so I contacted customer service at restaurant.com (4 times via e-mail) and I have not received any satisfaction. I received generic emails, not addressing my specific concern. The company is trying to pawn off certificates as opposed to my original “card purchase. I requested a refund and was told that restaurant.com has a no refund policy. Okay fine, how about providing me with what I purchased. Why would there be a free 3 day delivery on “E” (electronic) gift cards? If I were purchasing E-gift cards, I could send them electronically. Hmm… Still no resolution.

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Bought 2 restaurant.com $25 gc's, but there was the $50 min. purchase. I checked out the restaurant's website, didn't see anything about restaurant.com on it, so when we walked in, we first showed it to the hostess and asked if they honored it. She said yes.

We racked up $52 for the meal for 4, then got the bill (they had tacked on an 18% gratuity...ok...) a total of $68, and the manager comes up to us in a threatening manner saying "This is a SCAM!!" He said that they stopped honoring those a year ago. So I'm wondering A) why wasn't it mentioned on their website? (I mentioned it to the guy and he said he wasn't going to put that on the website) and B) When we first got there and told them we had it, why didn't they say anything? (the guy claimed the hostess was 'new' and 'didn't know'...umm...why not include that as part of her training?)

So, you get what you pay for. I'm not going back to that restaurant, because THEY weren't very honest to say they accepted it, and then welch.

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As an restaurant owner, restaurant.com is not a scam BUT they do not threat the restaurant good enough. Restaurant do not get any reimbursement from restaurant.com. This is why they require minimum purchase. Eg. the gift was $25 and minimum was $40. Restaurant would get $15 from that transaction. This should be no problem if the same customer would not repeatedly use the gift over-and-over. Restaurant would not get any benefit from this program. When restaurant owner sign-up for the program they said that a customer cannot use gift more than once a month. BUT THEY ALLOW to buy more than one a month. Restaurant.com said that the restaurant must keep track who use the certificate more than one per month, not them. There is a big flaw in their system. When restaurant owner sign-up, it said that gift will expire one year after purchase date, BUT the actual gift SAID THAT IT NEVER EXPIRE. If this program bring profit to restaurant, why many restaurant refuse to honor the gift?

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I just checked the Restaurant availability. There is not a restaurant within 50 miles of Colorado Springs that accepts the 50.00 certificate. Only 4 Restaurants in Colorado Springs that accept the 25.00 one. My answer to the question is "It depends on where you live. If you live in Colorado Springs then this service is a RIP OFF. If you live somewhere the certificates are accepted then it may be a deal"