Originally Posted by nebulon5
Used a $25off yesterday. I didn't show them the sheet until after dinner so I could get an unbiased idea of the discount. My ticket was $36 ($35 minimum purchase required), I gave them the sheet and CC, and when she came back the charge to my card was roughly $19.
I would never pay the $10 for their $25 gift cards, even at $2 it's a weak deal IMO at 42% off. They require the 18% gratuity and that's going to spread across your entire purchase so the more you order the worse the deal gets, and you're paying taxes on gratuity which is why mine went up $10 instead of $6.50, i guess.
Well look at it this way:
$36 meal value
+ tax (9% in New York for example) = $3.24 for a total of $39.24
Then if you don't actually tip then fair enough. A lot of people usually tip between 15 and 18 %, pre-tax is an additional $6.48, post-tax is $7.06.
This means your total, should you routinely pay 18% as a tip anyway are:
$2 original outlay, plus $45.72 if you tipped Pre-tax, for a saving of (25/47.72, = 52.4%)
$2 original outlay, plus $46.30 if you tipped post-tax, for a saving of (25/48.30, = 51.8%)
I'd say that was pretty significant. I always tip at 18% since I moved to the USA unless the service is really terrible, so I thik its a pretty good deal.
PS please forgive me if my mathematics are out - I actually figure your bill should have been more like $21. It's been a long time