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The offers seem almost too good. Are there any catches or anything I need to know.
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  1. I've been using it and it seems to work just fine. Note that once you sign up you'll get emails alerting you to special sales. Frequently, you'll get notified of an 80% off sale. That means you can buy a $25 certificate for $2 instead of the normal $10. I've even seen a 90% off sale.

    1. Make sure the restaurant is still in business.

      I've used the site once for a 50% off coupon and it worked. Seemed like it wouldn't. I have one coupon I got using a frequent coke points promotion and I can't wait to see if it's honored.

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      1. re: DrBruin

        Why would it "seem like it wouldn't?"

        Anyway, another +1 for resto.com here. I use them all the time. Just read the restrictions for the certificate you'd care to purchase. Some are valid any day of the week, some exclude Fri/Sat/Holidays. You will aso see what your minimum purchase will need to be. I think it's a great way to try a new joint without feeling ripped off if it's not that great. Always tip based on the pre-discount amount of the check (if that's how you decide to leave a tip.) Usually, these certificates state that a gratuity will be added, but after using about 10 of them so far this year, a tip has never been added.

        1. re: gordeaux

          Why would it seem like it wouldn't work? It seemed too good to be true. That's why. I'll agree with you that the restaurants never seem to remember to add the 18% tip, and I agree with you that you should always tip on the prediscount amount.

          I used the coupon I got off the website at restaurant.com at a brazillian steakhouse... I don't feel as cheated since the meat and sides were awful.

      2. jfood has used it 4 times and has 5 certificates on the desk. The last great deal was 90% off, that reduces the price of a $25 certificate that usually sells for $10 to $1, yes one dollar. Jfood bought $125 worth of certificates for $5.

        When jfood travels, mrs jfood goes with a friend and when mrs jfood is on her trip this month jfood will gladly grab one and head out. The normal catch is you need to order 2 entrees. So jfood will order two entrees and eat them both. Life's a b*tch.

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        1. re: jfood

          Do you mean eat one and take one home?

          1. re: hsk

            jfood does not do doggie bags (drats). So he eats one for an app and one for an entree at the restuarant.

        2. I just used one a couple of weeks ago. It was great. Be aware that you can only use one cert at a time, and there is a minimum purchase. To use a $25 cert you had to purchase at least $35 worth of food. I paid $ for the cert, so for $11 we got $35 worth of food. Hope this helps!

          1. First, read the small print. The terms and conditions are fully disclosed, so there's no reason to have an unpleasant surprise at the end of the evening.

            Second, consider the restaurants that are participating in your area. I'd rather cook at home than pay even a discounted price for a meal at most the places where the coupons are accepted. But there are exceptions; hopefully more in your neck of the woods than in mine.

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            1. re: alanbarnes

              It's true in MSP where jfood spends a bunch of time there are no listings jfood would run to. But in the FFD County, CT are at there are some very good and a couple of extremely good restaurants. Jfood was floored when he saw some of the names and some more get added every week so it does seem to be reional in quality.