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Iâ€™ve got $100 I just don’t know what to do with. It’s not cash, it’s $100 credit at Restaurant.com that I received as a gift. If youâ€™re not familiar with Restaurant.com, itâ€™s an online service that offers discounted certificates to restaurants. For example, right now I can buy a $25 certificate to a nearby Mexican restaurant for $10. Sometimes, certificates can be purchased at an even deeper discount.
If Restaurants.com offers such great deals, why donâ€™t I use my $100 credit?
There are a couple of reasons why Iâ€™m having trouble finding a way to use my credit:
While seemingly great offers are available, there are restrictions placed on the use of the certificates by almost every business. For example, the Mexican Restaurant that is offering a $25 certificate for $10 requires a minimum purchase of $37.50, and only one certificate can be used per visit. Some businesses also do not accept the certificates on the weekends. A visit to any restaurant is still going to cost me money. Sure, itâ€™s going to reduce my bill, but itâ€™s really more like buying a coupon than it is a gift certificate.
I live in a city of over 100,000 people, and there are exactly 5 restaurants that are advertised through the service. All of them are fairly new, except for one. I get the feeling that restaurants use the service to help get the word out about their business, and get people in the door. I know very little about the restaurants that I can select from.
I walked into a restaurant recently for a lunch with friends, and there was a sign by the cash register that said they were no longer accepting certificates from Restaurants.com. I brought up the site using my phone, and sure enough, the option to buy a certificate for the restaurant was still available through the service.
Currently, thereâ€™s really only one restaurant in my area that Iâ€™d even be interested in buying a certificate for. Itâ€™s a well-known local barbeque place thatâ€™s been around for years. Unfortunately, the site says that the certificates are currently sold out. Theyâ€™ve been sold out every time I check.
Having $100 credit at Restaurants.com seems like something that I should be able to use. But with how the service works, I’m having a hard time using any of it. I’ll keep checking for offers that I might be able to use, hopefully one pops up soon.
Have you ever used Restaurants.com? How did it work out for you?
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