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Restaurants.com -- Thoughts for a first-timer?

Bada Bing | Apr 10, 201110:48 AM

I never used restaurants.com certificates before, but when I saw a store promo (for Scott's lawn products, of all things) which kicked in a $100 Restaurants.com credit, I thought that seemed like a good deal. Now I get home and online to register the credit, and I find two things disappointing:

1. The certificates are not like gift cards but instead a sort of discount card, whereby you get, say, $25 off of a meal, but only if your order is above $50. Now that I see the business model here--apparently the restaurants are not reimbursed, but instead eat the cost as their return on advertising through the site--I don't blame the restaurants (in fact, I pity them). But then, also,

2. There are hardly any restaurants I care to go to here! In the South Bend region (which for restaurants.com includes places even 30 miles away), there is only a handful of places, maybe up to 10 or so. I suppose I can hang on until I go to a really big city with more options, but this area has tons of restaurants, really, and I'm disappointed that so few are available to me.

Frankly, it's not going to be easy to use this credit in a way that I find immediately exciting. Anyone have advice about the best way to work the situation?

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