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Nov 7, 2008 02:19 PM
Discussion Special Promo

I heard about this special promotion on the local (Philadelphia) news last night. Gift certificates purchased through the website are discounted by 60% if you type the code CBS3 in the "Discount Code" box during the checkout process. That means that a $25 restaurant gift certificate that would normally cost $10 will now cost only $4.00. It applies to all restaurants, not just those in the Philadelphia area. I believe the promotion runs for a week, and there does not appear to be a limit on the number of certificates you can purchase.

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  1. These coupons have been the topic of some discussion and debate. They might be a great deal, but they come with all sorts of rules. Obviously, they are good for dine-in only, no takeout or delivery. Beverages excluded. Tip often added in. Very often only good Su-Th -- not weekends. But most important, these coupons only kick in AFTER a minimum food purchase. They aren't simple gift certificates. For example, one of the offers for a restaurant in my area is a $25 certificate that requires a $45 minimum food purchase, so besides paying for the certificate, tax, tip and drinks, you are paying for the first $20 of food. And at this restaurant's price level, one or two people are going to be hardpressed to order and eat $45 worth of food. So be careful.

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    1. re: nosh

      Thanks to a prior post on these I got 4 $25 coupons for places we go to regularly for a total of $8 by entering a special pomo code word (I think it was a Halloween special). Great deal.

    2. They often have 80% discounts too- usually once a month. They have an email list that you can be added too and they notify you of the current discounts. Each restaurant that participates has different rules which can make the certificates hard to use. I find that if you order an appetizer and 2 drinks plus the entrees is it easy to reach the minimum required.

      1. Perhaps I'm missing something here. How on earth do any of the businesses involved in this potential transaction do well from such a thing?

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        1. re: ccbweb

          For me, I found one coupon in a town where I was going on vacation. Figured it was a good way to try a restaurant for a good discount. The food was SOOOO good, we went back two more times that week without coupons. Might not have gone even once without the coupon.

        2. Dh & I use these discounts while traveling. Many hotels offer printing services and have left coupon print outs under our door for use that evening or later in our trip. The 60% offers happen often as do lesser discounts to the coupons. I agree rules apply but they usually apply with ANY discount. What we enjoy most about this specific special promo is the coupons can be acquired, printed and used on the fly without lugging around a discount book or planning in advance for the types of meals you might enjoy.

          FWIW, in this economy restaurants that offer a coupon have my thanks.

          1. I found $4 certficates for a restaurant we visit fairly often. The only "restrictions" were that the certificates be used for dinner, and that an 18% gratuity would be added to the pre-discounted bill. That was all just fine with me. That's $21 off the price of dinner.