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They are running this deal again. Coupon code "DINE"

http://www.restaurant.com/consumer-pr...

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  1. $25 certificate for $2!!

    wow, i'm definitely going to take advantage of this!

    how in the world can they possibly do this?

    thanks for the heads up, phantomdoc.

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    1. re: alkapal

      Watch out, I've seen comments where someone purchased a cert like this just to find out that the place was closed.

      1. re: cstr

        well, we usually go to the websites of the restos to see what the menu is like. i guess we'll call to be sure. others, we know they're open.

        1. re: cstr

          I always call before using a coupon. There was a long thread about a coupon being refused. The last time I saw this promo (October),I bought 4 coupons, one of which I have used. The coupons say they are good for 1 year.
          My sister who gave me the heads up lives in Manhattan. One place where she bought 4 coupons for has posted a sign saying the coupon no longer taken on Fri., Sat., Sun..

          I do not know the financial arrangements between website and restaurant. If you are into restaurant coupons you might want to check out entertainment.com. Lots of discounts for about $25-35/year.

          So call ahead and enjoy your discounted chow.

      2. Warning to Canadians: restaurant.com will be happy to sell you a coupon or gift certificate, but you won't be able to use it anywhere in Canada.

        1. The $10 lunch coupons are also 80% off, a $10 for $0.60.

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          1. re: jfood

            My math skills have never been good but wouldn't that be 94% off?

            1. re: Servorg

              Normal price for $10 coupon is $3. 80% off of $3 is $.60.

              1. re: phantomdoc

                Thanks. Discount on the discount. Got it.

          2. One gem I have found on this restaurant deal is Pancho's Border Grill in Bethpage Long Island on Hempstead Turnpike. It is really good tex mex with grateful dead music playing. I love the skirt steak burritos.

            1. Not trying to rain on anybody's parade here--but this isn't the first time they've been 80% off, and my guess is it won't be the last.

              Restaurant.com discounts are typically greater later in the month, EVERY month. This gives them a better shot at selling the maximum # of coupons they've contracted for with each of the restaurants listed. I suspect in this economy, you'll see 80% off at the end of every month for the forseeable future.

              Unfortunately, coupons for the more desirable restaurants with the least-onerous restrictions get sold out early in the month when discounts aren't as good. I wouldn't touch any of the coupon offers currently available in my area with a ten-foot fork.

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              1. re: tubman

                Where are you located?

                1. re: phantomdoc

                  suburban DC

              2. If you subscribe to restaurant.com, you will get emails telling you when their 80% deals hit (frequently, BTW).

                I buy tons of generic 'gifts' - they sit in my account and I use them as needed. The site is awkward to navigate, but its not too nightmarish. Its nice when we are traveling and we can print them out at our hotel (and yes, we have learned to call every restaurant ahead of time to ensure they wll take them that night regardless of any fine print).

                I also give the generic $25 'gifts' to my kids teachers at holiday time. That way they can pick their own restaurant. Heee heee they don't know I only paid a few bucks for it.

                1. Well............ site says the deal expired on 2/28 and the discount code came back as EXPIRED when I tried to use it today (3/2), even though the home page still shows the 80% deal. How often do they do this?

                  It's a good deal, though the $25 coupon had to be used on a check of $50 or more (no drinks or tip & a tip minumum of 18%) where I wanted to use it.

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                  1. re: Midlife

                    Looking through my inbox, I'd say they run the 80% every other month of so. They start with 50%, then 60, 70, then 80 and return to 50%. They are always running at least %50 off. Patience.

                  2. how do restaurants afford this?

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                    1. re: alkapal

                      Same way they afford to give 2-for-1's and do other couponing promotion. It makes for a very thin profit margin--or even a loss--on your specific visit, but it opens up the possibility that you'll become a regular (without a coupon) or tell a friend or two about your experience.

                      Restaurants find this better than traditional couponing for several reasons:

                      Free marketing--I believe restaurant.com lists the restaurant on their website in exchange for keeping everything customers pay for the coupon. And being web-based, there's no printing/distribution costs for anything, unlike traditional Money Mailer 2-for-1 type promotions. The customer pays for paper and ink.

                      Also, unlike traditional mass couponing which, if successful, might have a 1% response rate, it's a fairly safe bet that every coupon recipient will actually show up to use it since he's paid something for it. Unlike a mass couponing campaign, the restaurant can limit the amount of comps with the specific number of coupons they authorize restaurant.com to sell.

                      The requirements of the coupon, whether it forces you to use it on a slower night or spend a minimum amount, also are good for overall business.

                      1. re: tubman

                        thanks!