Last changed: Feb 24, 2012 22:00 by Charles Calvert
Restaurant gift cards are a great way to show someone how much he means to you. The card gives him the opportunity to have a free or partially paid meal at a dining establishment. Yet, these gift cards are different in some ways from other gift cards.
You can purchase restaurant gift cards that cover a group of restaurants that are owned by the same large company. Other gift cards are good for any of a restaurant chain. If you get a card for a chain restaurant, check to make sure it is valid in the area where it is to be used. Finally, there are restaurant cards that are only good for one eatery, perhaps one that is locally owned.
It is possible to buy restaurant cards for as little as 30 percent of the face value on the card in some instances. A common discounted card gives you $25 worth of dining pleasure for the bargain price of only $10. That is a cost to you of only 40 percent of the value on the card. Because of these offers, you can afford to get more restaurant gift cards, more often, and for higher face values. Your friends and relatives will enjoy the gifts.
The discounts on restaurant cards make them a good deal for you to buy for your own use. In this case, you not only get to save money on buying the card. You also get to select exactly the restaurant where you want to eat.
It may seem unlikely to you that restaurants would sell their cards at such low prices. The payoff for the restaurants is that they bring in new dining customers who may never have come into their place of business otherwise. This gives them a chance to prove their worth to many new visitors.
Another way you get free gift cards is through card exchange or card sales sites. Some of these websites purchase pre-owned restaurant gift cards from people who cannot use them for one reason or another. They get their profit from buying at a lower rate or from charging a commission.
One thing to remember when you are using restaurant cards is that gratuities are usually subtracted at the time they are swiped. The usual gratuity taken is 20 percent, even if you write a lower number on the slip. The amount will be adjusted after a few days, but in the meantime, you will not have use of those dollars on your restaurant cards.
Using restaurant cards gives you a way to visit new locations, try new foods, and check out the ambience of a restaurant you have never before entered. They would be worth the full price if you had to pay it. Fortunately, you can get a better deal.