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Apr 20, 2011 06:48 AM

Swarm Jam/Groupon Coupons

Has anyone bought and used any of these offers from Restaurants and if so do they deliver on what they promise? Sometimes a deal comes up but I am afraid to invest in purchasing because I am not sure if I am reading the small print correctly and what happens when I get to the restaurant.

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  1. I bought a 20$ Groupon (for 40$ worth of food) for Pica Pica not too long ago. In fact, my partner and I bought one each and they accepted both for the same visit. You have to read the fine print. Some groupons say "limit 1 per person" while others say "limit 1 per table". So you can do the math and see if it is truly a good deal for you, depending on whether you plan to go alone or not.

    We had a very pleasant experience and they were happy we bought the groupons. In fact, we liked the restaurant so much we will probably be going back. So I guess this type of marketing does work.

    1. My girlfriend purchased four coupons at $10 each, worth $20 at Artigiani Pizzeria. We had forgot about them until this past Sunday. Upon reviewing the coupon, we noticed they expired in March, when we had only bought them at the end of January. Regardless, we called the restaurent, and explained that we had 4 expired coupons, but asked if we could still use them for a birthday celebration. The restaurent agreed to honor our coupons. Out of a group of 7, four of us used the coupons, and it effectively knocked off $20 off each of our bills. Well worth the buy, but definitely read the fine print and expiration dates.

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      1. re: BlueSteak


        I also bought a coupon from Artigiani but mine expires in July (different site maybe). How was the food? The menu looks good but I would be interested in any recommendations - to try or to avoid.


        1. re: tah1234

          Overall the food was good. Not amazing and not horrible. I probably wont go back, unless I get another coupon or I have a party there (which I doubt I will). But I have nothing bad to say about it. We shared some pizzas to start, and they were fine.. One mushroom the other meat (pepperoni and sausage). I ordered the Linguini with pesto and goats cheese, and asked if they could put italian sausage in it, they did. It tasted good, but I love pesto so...My one complaint was that I discretely told the waitress at the beginning to bring a tiramisu for the birthday girl after the meal and pointed her out. After the meal, the waitress pulled me aside (not obvious at all) and needed clarifying on what to bring and whose birthday it was. A little bit annoying was nothing too crazy. Overall, it was good. Worth a try if you got the coupons or are in the area.

          1. re: tah1234

            I think the Quebec consumer protection act makes expiration dates void but I cant remember....anyone?

            1. re: kpaxonite

              They make expirery date for money that YOU have paid un-applicable. Meaning if you buy a gift certificate it should not expire. But if you receive a gift certificate as part of a promotion then it can expire.

              Which would corroborates celfie<s statement below that when a coupon expires, the value paid is still applicable but the the value it was worth (ie you paid 10$ for a 20$ gift certificate, after it expires you can still claim your 10$).

        2. I purchased two coupons at $20 each worth $40 for Damas from Tuango (which is another group purchasing website that works just like Groupon) maybe about a month ago. The fine print was that the coupons were valid any day except for Friday or Saturday, so we showed up on a Sunday and used both coupons at the same time with no problem.

          It was a very pleasant experience. I felt a little bit shy presenting coupons at such a nice restaurant, but there were no problems at all (we asked if the coupons were valid before we were seated) and of course, always leave a tip based on the full price of the meal :)

          $80 worth of food for $40 is a great deal and I really recommend using these group buying websites. I just bought yesterday's Groupon for Rumi Grill yesterday!

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            1. the terrible moderators deleted my post of including a link some place else but on city linked today is a coupon for L'UN DES SENS - 3 course meal for $15