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Discount Dining Coupons 1/2 Price Question

fayth Feb 5, 2009 05:54 AM

Just saw that Eastern Standard is on the list starting today for 1/2 price dining coupons from www.wrko.com -Discount Depot. You can buy a $50 coupon for $25 plus s&h. Has anyone use these coupons before?I see that Aura is on the available list and that Sonsie is upcoming. Is this a good deal-any drawbacks?

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    sushidad RE: fayth Feb 5, 2009 06:44 AM

    We acquired gift certificates just as you described and used them this past weekend at KO Prime. It couldn't have worked better. We had a party of eight and we used three certificates. (I had called in advance to check that this was allowable.) As with most restaurants they added the gratuity automatically. However, the calculated it on the discounted value, so we bumped it up for the waiter to the full value. To top it off, we each got an additional $20 coupon if we return in March.

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      galleygirl RE: sushidad Feb 5, 2009 06:46 AM

      No problem using them on Friday or saturday?

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        sushidad RE: galleygirl Feb 5, 2009 07:12 AM

        Nope. It was Satuday night.

    2. StriperGuy RE: fayth Feb 5, 2009 07:36 AM

      That is as we say "a wicked bargain."

      At ES the coupon can't be used for booze.


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        mkap21 RE: fayth Feb 5, 2009 08:14 AM

        Very interesting deal. anyone know how long these offers have been running?? I do have my suspicions though.. It is a good way for a restaurant to gain immediate capital in this time of need, and I wonder if the restaurants signing up for this deal are the most desperate. The key thing to remember is that the there are no refunds if the restaurant closes... Be careful what restaurants you choose to buy the coupons from, because they may be in serious danger of closing. However I wouldn't expect a place like Eastern Standard to be in that danger category, which is why i went ahead and bought one... but then again who knowsss

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          hlerm2 RE: fayth Feb 5, 2009 11:05 AM

          how do you get the site to work hit buy nothing happens can you help

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            mvi RE: fayth Feb 5, 2009 03:16 PM

            Thanks for the tip. I just ordered 2 with no problem except I had to type awfully fast as they have a time limit set for the order. I made a mistake typing, and was able to correct it with no problem, so maybe the ticking clock is not really working....The coupons are good until 2016 and from the looks of things, Eastern Standard should be around for a long time. We will definitely use them before they expire...thanks!

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              PorkTerrine RE: mvi Feb 10, 2009 03:47 AM

              So we ordered the Eastern Standard one. Came in the mail yesterday. I was shocked that the card looked scratched, worn on the back and really in terrible shape. No way could you give it to someone as a gift. It looks like it's been hanging around someone's wallet and then kicked around the floor awhile. I'm hoping it is legit and works. Anyone else get theirs? I don't think this is a problem stemming from ES, just to clarify. I do think it's a problem with these folks: http://bostonenter.mediawebconnect.co...

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                y2000k RE: PorkTerrine Feb 12, 2009 12:41 PM

                I also ordered one for Eastern Standard. It came yesterday, but looks brand new. I didn't realize it is a plastic gift card instead of a paper gift certificate. Did yours come in a little ESK envelope for the card too?

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                  lmuller RE: y2000k Feb 20, 2009 01:05 PM

                  Just curious... has anyone actually tried to use this towards alcohol yet? It looks like a regular gift card and on the back it says it "can be used towards food, beverage and gratuity"... Maybe you CAN use it towards drinks?!

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                    mvi RE: lmuller Mar 3, 2009 05:52 PM

                    We used one of the two we ordered- it works for drinks. Can't wait to use the other.

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              Pegmeister RE: fayth Feb 10, 2009 04:03 AM

              Good tip! NECN.com is offering a similar promotion on Friday mornings at 8:00. They do sell out fast though. I got $100 certificates for Finz for $50 that are good until 2016. You may want to take note whether or not certificates can be used for alcohol or not as well.

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                Northender RE: fayth Feb 10, 2009 07:45 AM

                I ws able to buy 2 $50.00 certificates for Prezza on the WEEI page (sister station to WRKO I think) They arrived promptly and look like regular gift certificates with no particualr limitations noted. There ws a $5.00 handling charge added but still $100.00 for 55.00 was still a terrific bargain.

                1. Suze123 RE: fayth Feb 10, 2009 09:12 AM

                  Just bought one for Jacob Wirth. I did notice that it's limited to one certificate per visit.

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                    magic helmet RE: fayth Feb 13, 2009 03:54 PM

                    I ordered a gift certificate for Prezza and never received it - it's been three weeks now. I sent Media WebConnect an email about it and still heard nothing. I'm going to have to dispute the charge with my credit card company at this point. It's disappointing, especially as I saw the ES listing on the web when I went to find the contact information....

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                      content RE: magic helmet Feb 13, 2009 08:00 PM

                      May I suggest calling them with your issue? That's what I did when I didn't receive my certificates, and they handled it immediately. Good luck!

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                        bluesjack RE: magic helmet Feb 14, 2009 03:47 AM

                        sorry to hear that, I recieved mine promptly, let the board know how you made out

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                        mvi RE: fayth Feb 14, 2009 08:55 AM

                        I picked up my 2 certificates for Eastern Standard at the Post Office today. They are the exact same ones issued by the restaurant itself and mine look perfect. The 2 came in a folded enclosure, also from Eastern Standard. (I gave my daughter $100 credit there for Christmas and ordered it directly from the restaurant; they sent exact same thing.) The offer on the WRKO site did say this offer could not be used for drinks, but the gift card says on the back that it is redeemable for food, beverage and gratuity. We'll see what happens when we use them, but we always enjoy ourselves there and will use these cards with pleasure. I just wish I had ordered a couple more.

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                          lmuller RE: mvi Feb 18, 2009 06:19 PM

                          I got one in the mail today too and it looks great.

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