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Title: ScoutMob
Post by: LizR on May 25, 2010, 10:42:06 AM
Feel free to remove this if it is not allowed or is somehow inappropriate to post about.

Scout Mob has some excellent deals on local restaurants lately, including Joel. Today you can get 50% off the El Toro on Memorial. I get the emails daily and haven't noticed any increase in spam or other negative effects of signing up with them. The only downside is that I have to find the time to use all these great coupons.

Oh, and although that might sound like a paid pitch, I have absolutely nothing to do with the site - just stumbled on it through a rec here and I'm loving it. Wanted to share the love.
Title: Re: Scout Mob
Post by: KoPP on May 25, 2010, 10:50:33 AM
Post away! I scored the discount at Cook's Warehouse, and it got me a nice non-stick for $30 off. This'll give me a reason to try El Toro - wonder if they have a Speedy with beans... ;D
Title: Re: Scout Mob
Post by: totm on May 25, 2010, 11:16:25 AM
I'm all for letting folks know about something that can save them $$.  I've made reference to Grope-on in other posts.  I'm usually pretty good at figuring software and websites out.  Can you help me see what kind of past deals were available?  I can see that on Groupon.com pretty easily.
Title: Re: Scout Mob
Post by: KoPP on May 25, 2010, 11:39:45 AM
I'm all for letting folks know about something that can save them $$.  I've made reference to Grope-on in other posts.  I'm usually pretty good at figuring software and websites out.  Can you help me see what kind of past deals were available?  I can see that on Groupon.com pretty easily.

Go to their Facebook page and they list the day-to-day stuff there.
Title: Re: Scout Mob
Post by: totm on May 25, 2010, 12:08:11 PM
I'm all for letting folks know about something that can save them $$.  I've made reference to Grope-on in other posts.  I'm usually pretty good at figuring software and websites out.  Can you help me see what kind of past deals were available?  I can see that on Groupon.com pretty easily.

Go to their Facebook page and they list the day-to-day stuff there.
Ugh!  So I go to their main site to see what is today's deal and then go to what has become the black hole to see past stuff?  Let me look back at my human factors books to where it says to make people go to multiple places to get information.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on May 25, 2010, 12:21:24 PM
If you download the iPhone app, they have some of the past stuff still available on it. Otherwise, today's deal is all you can get in on.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: LizR on May 25, 2010, 12:38:36 PM
Or you could try their website:

www.scoutmob.com

and click on the "scoutfinds" tab at the top and then on the orange "past deals" link.

If you are interested in participating, I think it is infinitely easier to just give them your email or phone info rather than digging around on their site. It is just one email a day.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Jmolinari on May 25, 2010, 12:39:10 PM
scoutmob rocks...although i've yet to use any coupons...wife has used it at Crepe Revolution
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Sadlebred on May 25, 2010, 02:15:16 PM
I love Scoutmob! I've used several of their coupons.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: totm on May 25, 2010, 03:26:04 PM
Or you could try their website:

www.scoutmob.com

and click on the "scoutfinds" tab at the top and then on the orange "past deals" link.

If you are interested in participating, I think it is infinitely easier to just give them your email or phone info rather than digging around on their site. It is just one email a day.
Thanks Liz.  Exactly what I was looking for.  I kept clicking in that area and always seemed to get the "Weakly (sic) List".
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on June 11, 2010, 09:01:37 AM
Today's deal is 50% off at Shaun's...see website for details.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: mikeamor on June 11, 2010, 12:11:36 PM
Thanks for the info on scoutmob.
Looks interesting, although, I took a gander at Shaun's menu and kind of had to chuckle...  $12 for an iceberg wedge app?  :o
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on June 18, 2010, 12:28:57 PM
All you Grant Park/Cabbagetown/East Atlanta folks should check out today's deal. Spoon on Moreland - 50% off ($20 max), and they may hit you with a 15% grat. But Spoon isn't bad (I like the Westside one a lot more, though), and it's a 'hood joint.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: bettylouski on June 21, 2010, 09:23:36 AM
Today's offer is 50% off at TAP.  We always enjoy stopping in for a brew and burger there.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on July 02, 2010, 07:17:32 AM
Moe's and Joe's this weekend, folks. Gogitchasome.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: bettylouski on July 07, 2010, 01:12:25 PM
Today's coupon is Spice Market - up to $50 off.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on July 15, 2010, 09:51:47 AM
Today is Pozole - anybody been lately?
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on August 24, 2010, 08:25:15 AM
Today's is San Francisco Coffee at Va Hi - I do like their beans.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on September 01, 2010, 06:58:50 AM
Great American Cookie today...ew.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Foodgeek on September 01, 2010, 07:24:48 AM
Great American Cookie today...ew.

What's wrong with cookies?
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on September 01, 2010, 07:57:07 AM
Great American Cookie today...ew.

What's wrong with cookies?
If you like Great American Cookies, then you can have my 50% off...
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Foodgeek on September 01, 2010, 08:04:35 AM
Great American Cookie today...ew.

What's wrong with cookies?
If you like Great American Cookies, then you can have my 50% off...

I think they're OK. It is a chain, and it's in a mall, and you have to go to Perimeter to get this deal, so I wouldn't go get it even if they'd add my 50% and your 50% together and just give me free cookies.

I just don't think I'd say "ew" about cookies. A cookie has to be pretty bad for me to want to say "ew."

Donuts, on the other hand. . . I'm not fond of donuts at all. Ew.  :P
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on September 01, 2010, 08:42:01 AM
Well, that's your opinion.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Foodgeek on September 01, 2010, 08:57:05 AM
Well, that's your opinion.

Well, it's obvious that you and I don't have the exact same likes and dislikes. I was just curious as to whether you dislike cookies in general, or if there's something wrong with Great American Cookies in particular. Did you find a bug in one of them or something?

Incidentally, I went to San Francisco Coffee on the day that they had the ScoutMob deal to try to buy a bag of beans, and the girl behind the counter said she couldn't give me the discount until the next day because they needed to get a list of the codes that were valid. That was confusing. I thought the ScoutMob deals were only valid on the day they come out, so why would I have to wait until the next day?

I didn't bother going back to buy the coffee the next day, so they lost out on my business. Has anyone else had this happen?
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Jmolinari on September 01, 2010, 09:10:17 AM
Well, that's your opinion.

Well, it's obvious that you and I don't have the exact same likes and dislikes. I was just curious as to whether you dislike cookies in general, or if there's something wrong with Great American Cookies in particular. Did you find a bug in one of them or something?

Incidentally, I went to San Francisco Coffee on the day that they had the ScoutMob deal to try to buy a bag of beans, and the girl behind the counter said she couldn't give me the discount until the next day because they needed to get a list of the codes that were valid. That was confusing. I thought the ScoutMob deals were only valid on the day they come out, so why would I have to wait until the next day?

I didn't bother going back to buy the coffee the next day, so they lost out on my business. Has anyone else had this happen?

Scoutmob coupons are valid for many months, at least on the iphone app...don't know about printed ones...
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Foodgeek on September 01, 2010, 09:19:46 AM
OK, I just looked up the texts on my not-very-smart phone and the coupons that I have in there don't expire until November, so I was mistaken. I think I was under the impression that it was just a one day deal because that made it sound more like a fun game. I suppose I can still pretend that I can only get the deal today so it will choose where I go to lunch for me, but knowing that I have months to use the coupon suddenly makes it feel a little less exciting.

Oh, well.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: LizR on September 01, 2010, 01:23:29 PM
The "exciting" part is merely that you only have one day to sign up to receive the deal. I actually have them email them to me and then I print them out and use like a coupon.

I'm very glad that the offers do not expire at the end of one day, but I agree that that would certainly make things more exciting!
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on September 14, 2010, 06:27:45 AM
Good time to catch Candi's for Breakfast today...
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: bettylouski on September 15, 2010, 06:18:13 AM
Today's is Pacci - been wanting to try it, this is a good opportunity.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: bettylouski on September 27, 2010, 06:50:55 AM
5 Seasons Westside today.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on September 27, 2010, 06:59:40 AM
oh goodie.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Lorenzo on September 27, 2010, 07:28:16 AM
5Seasons was a no-brainer for us--we're there a lot.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on October 13, 2010, 07:25:17 AM
It's Murphy's today - now the food would be reasonably overpriced... ;D
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on October 14, 2010, 07:27:00 AM
Crazy Cuban today...
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Foodgeek on November 08, 2010, 06:04:29 AM
Varasano's today! Definitely worth getting for us. I think he must be getting pretty slow, though, because he's been running a lot of specials lately. . . That is a pretty expensive space, you know.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on November 08, 2010, 06:37:22 AM
I still use Scoutmob and Groupon to keep an eye on places that might be going through problems. Would be interesting to do some statistical work...
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: bettylouski on November 11, 2010, 07:51:34 AM
Today is Majestic Diner for you retro minded folks.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on December 13, 2010, 07:00:49 PM
Fritti today - get dialin'.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: mikeamor on December 15, 2010, 04:19:20 AM
I still use Scoutmob and Groupon to keep an eye on places that might be going through problems. Would be interesting to do some statistical work...
You think a lot of places use this as their Oliver*?  I seem to see a lot of new places use it for exposure.  Never really tracked how many were disappearing after a Scoutmob release.

* Oliver: A person or gimmick brought in during the last gasps of a failing series or business, as in the superfluous child brought in to help boost ratings toward the end of the Brady Bunch series.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: totm on December 15, 2010, 12:16:51 PM
I still use Scoutmob and Groupon to keep an eye on places that might be going through problems. Would be interesting to do some statistical work...
You think a lot of places use this as their Oliver*?  I seem to see a lot of new places use it for exposure.  Never really tracked how many were disappearing after a Scoutmob release.

* Oliver: A person or gimmick brought in during the last gasps of a failing series or business, as in the superfluous child brought in to help boost ratings toward the end of the Brady Bunch series.
As I posted in another thread.  I did a quick look on Schumaker's site when V started buying groupons and would see those same establishments on the blocks.  I prefer to not be burned buying a groupon, restaurant.com, AC gift cert, etc for a place that quickly goes out of business.  If I have a coupon/discount they provided to me that did not cost me any money and I don't act quickly enough then that is a whole different thing.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: bettylouski on January 26, 2011, 07:09:12 AM
5 Seasons Alpharetta today.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: LizR on January 31, 2011, 10:16:02 AM
New pho place on BH today, Pho 24.

Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: bettylouski on February 23, 2011, 06:41:00 AM
Tierra today.  I've never been, but this should prompt me to go.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Foodgeek on February 23, 2011, 06:42:09 AM
Tierra today.  I've never been, but this should prompt me to go.

I was thinking the same thing.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Girly on February 23, 2011, 08:56:56 AM
The Tierra one must be getting hammered - I entered my number twice and no text yet :(
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: totm on February 23, 2011, 09:13:41 AM
Tierra today.  I've never been, but this should prompt me to go.
I highly recommend going, even without a discount.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: chefmoss on February 23, 2011, 03:14:41 PM
The Tierra one must be getting hammered - I entered my number twice and no text yet :(

If you get the on phone app, you get access to all non expired discounts at the touch of a button.  No need to get text or email.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Girly on February 23, 2011, 03:48:27 PM
The Tierra one must be getting hammered - I entered my number twice and no text yet :(

If you get the on phone app, you get access to all non expired discounts at the touch of a button.  No need to get text or email.

Alas, I have the very uncool and unsupported Blackberry :(

On the 3rd try I got a link to their email with my cell and subject matter filled in so I sent them an E - you know,  the old fashioned way!!
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Girly on February 23, 2011, 05:27:45 PM
Got it - great customer service from Scoutmob!
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: LizR on March 04, 2011, 10:13:21 AM
Gekko Sushi today. Is this in the old Repast space?
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on March 04, 2011, 07:12:28 PM
Gekko Sushi today. Is this in the old Repast space?
Don't think so - I think it's further south?
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: bettylouski on March 09, 2011, 06:27:03 AM
La Pietra Cucina today.  I'm there!
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Barnum on March 16, 2011, 05:32:36 AM
Crawfish Shack today, expires 6/16, 50% off with max $10, 1 per table, dine-in only, 15% gratuity "may" be added.

http://scoutmob.com/atlanta/today/2011-03-16

Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: rwcohen on March 16, 2011, 06:05:05 AM
Crawfish Shack today, expires 6/16, 50% off with max $10, 1 per table, dine-in only, 15% gratuity "may" be added.
http://scoutmob.com/atlanta/today/2011-03-16

I'm all over this one. Lobster roll here I come.....
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on March 16, 2011, 06:24:09 AM
I'm sticking to the shrimp...
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: rwcohen on March 16, 2011, 06:41:17 AM
I'm sticking to the shrimp...

When do you want to go?
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on March 16, 2011, 07:01:41 AM
I'm sticking to the shrimp...

When do you want to go?
Friday after work?
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on March 23, 2011, 06:51:01 AM
Der Biergarten is featured today. Good luck. Mebbe if I just drink beer.... :)
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on April 05, 2011, 06:26:50 AM
Today is Sawicki's - get yer coupons!
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on April 06, 2011, 02:44:05 PM
Interesting....

http://scoutmob.com/atlanta/revel?utm_source=ATL%3A+Scoutfinds&utm_campaign=1e3a1773a5-ATL+Revel_Heads_Up_4_6_2011&utm_medium=email
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: totm on April 07, 2011, 11:31:00 AM
Interesting....

http://scoutmob.com/atlanta/revel?utm_source=ATL%3A+Scoutfinds&utm_campaign=1e3a1773a5-ATL+Revel_Heads_Up_4_6_2011&utm_medium=email
Interesting how?  In that I can put bogus data into some forms and they do nothing.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on April 07, 2011, 11:44:16 AM
The basis for Revel is that you push the link you created to everybody you know (send it to those folks who keep telling you they're ready to wire you 50 mil). Scoutmob keeps track and is supposed to give you a buncha junk for pimping them.

The link won't work until they approve your 'membership'.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: bettylouski on July 19, 2011, 08:45:05 AM
Another new and interesting deal site:  http://savored.com/atlanta/

Article in CL:  http://clatl.com/omnivore/archives/2011/07/08/villagevines-relaunches-as-savoredcom
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on July 27, 2011, 12:52:18 PM
They finally got Revel straightened out, and now there's a contest for a trip to DC. I'd post my link, but I don't think Mike would be very happy about folks here pimping for a website...
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on August 01, 2011, 11:20:25 AM
Beignet Connection today - good food close to downtown.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: bettylouski on August 18, 2011, 06:16:19 AM
Little Szechuan today - has anyone been there in recent memory?
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: totm on August 18, 2011, 01:29:53 PM
Little Szechuan today - has anyone been there in recent memory?
I guess it is recent enough if I can still remember it.  Would go there occasionally with co-workers in the first half of 2008.  I kept hoping to find something on the menu akin to Tasty China, Man chun hong, and Chongqing Hot Pot but most of it was Americanized Chinese.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: bettylouski on August 18, 2011, 02:29:18 PM
Little Szechuan today - has anyone been there in recent memory?
I guess it is recent enough if I can still remember it.  Would go there occasionally with co-workers in the first half of 2008.  I kept hoping to find something on the menu akin to Tasty China, Man chun hong, and Chongqing Hot Pot but most of it was Americanized Chinese.

'Nuff said.  Thanks!
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on August 18, 2011, 02:52:29 PM
Little Szechuan today - has anyone been there in recent memory?
I guess it is recent enough if I can still remember it.  Would go there occasionally with co-workers in the first half of 2008.  I kept hoping to find something on the menu akin to Tasty China, Man chun hong, and Chongqing Hot Pot but most of it was Americanized Chinese.

'Nuff said.  Thanks!
The Ma Pa and the spicy noodles used to be good (there was a time that you'd get an order of dumplings on the house, which is unfortunately where they belonged), and a buddy of mine used to always want to go there for Sweet and Sour chicken. That being said, we haven't been there for a year.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: bettylouski on August 18, 2011, 08:07:26 PM
Yeah, I went there quite a bit about 12-15 years ago when it was considered "cutting edge" Chinese cuisine, but haven't been in ages.  I guess it might be worth a Scoutmob visit.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: tangomonster on August 19, 2011, 03:29:12 PM
Little Szechuan

We went a couple of weeks ago, after not visiting for the past couple of years.  Used to love it.  Now it just seemed very lackluster.  Prices have skyrocketed---vegetarian entrees are now $12!  Food was just average.  Place just looked and seemed tired.  More than half the tables were empty. 
If you use a coupon, be sure to bring cash----they insist on it.

We won't be going back, even with a coupon (and everyday, there is a deal for LS, albeit on different sites).  Much prefer Chinatown Square at less than half the price.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Foodgeek on August 19, 2011, 06:02:20 PM
Little Szechuan
If you use a coupon, be sure to bring cash----they insist on it.

Interesting. It's one thing to prefer cash or to only take cash in all cases, but to insist specifically on taking cash when there's a coupon is different, and (probably) illegal.

Don't get me wrong: I'm not entirely against restaurants operating outside of the law, because in many cases, it allows me to eat food that would either be more expensive otherwise, or which might not even be available. Please don't ask me to name names, but we all know who they are. Ethnic restaurants that use hand-written tickets can take in income that is unrecorded, and therefore untaxed, and for some businesses, this makes all the difference between having a successful restaurant and going under. I can think of one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants that is no longer in existence because he didn't have any untraceable income, and that's sad.

In my opinion, if that restaurant could have been saved, it would be worth setting aside my moral questions about it, but YMMV.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on August 19, 2011, 08:19:55 PM
Little Szechuan
If you use a coupon, be sure to bring cash----they insist on it.

Interesting. It's one thing to prefer cash or to only take cash in all cases, but to insist specifically on taking cash when there's a coupon is different, and (probably) illegal.

Don't get me wrong: I'm not entirely against restaurants operating outside of the law, because in many cases, it allows me to eat food that would either be more expensive otherwise, or which might not even be available. Please don't ask me to name names, but we all know who they are. Ethnic restaurants that use hand-written tickets can take in income that is unrecorded, and therefore untaxed, and for some businesses, this makes all the difference between having a successful restaurant and going under. I can think of one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants that is no longer in existence because he didn't have any untraceable income, and that's sad.

In my opinion, if that restaurant could have been saved, it would be worth setting aside my moral questions about it, but YMMV.

Cash-only restaurants are out there, so legality isn't as much a question in my mind. I don't see a problem per se with demanding cash-only on a coupon, but if a restaurant owner wants to play with the IRS, I don't think it would be the first time in history. Just my opinion.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: LizR on August 19, 2011, 08:34:10 PM
If the coupon specified "cash only" then maybe I could see it, but if not, then no way. I rarely carry much cash, preferring to use my Discover card and get cash back. And I don't have an ATM card, so that would really suck to be told after the fact.

I've had some great food at LS, including the only "breath of the wok" experience I have ever had, but that was about 6 years ago. Our return visit a couple years ago was not good. But I also do not like Chef Liu, so what do I know.

And I'm sorry, but I am finally beginning to think that I am one of the few idiots who actually complies with tax law, so I don't have sympathy for the cheats - it just costs me more.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: KoPP on August 19, 2011, 09:07:59 PM
It says Cash Politely Recommended on the coupon. BUT, if they won't take cards, I'd take it up with both the restaurant AND ScoutMob. I didn't read the offer when it was published - sorry. I assumed that if they only took cash, it would have been stated in the coupon.

P.S. - I let the ScoutMob folks know about the cash-only demand - will pass on the response.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Melomom on September 10, 2011, 06:48:50 AM
The Peter Chang's coupon has been pulled:

http://atlanta.eater.com/archives/2011/09/09/peter-chengs-restaurant-pulls-its-scoutmob.php#more
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: totm on September 12, 2011, 08:00:56 AM
I guess we should have used that Peter Cheng's scoutmob deal last Wednesday rather than the Brickery scoutmob deal.  The Brickery deal was crazy.  A free burger with no stipulation on ordering anything else.  A guy at the bar got the burger and water.  Don't know how much he tipped on his free meal.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Beerbitch on September 12, 2011, 08:36:10 AM
I think they will honour the certificates at P. Chang's -- just not on weekends.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: chefmoss on September 13, 2011, 07:41:24 AM
$10 for $20 at whole foods today on living social!
https://livingsocial.com/deals/123805?ref=conf-jp&rpi=26000647 (https://livingsocial.com/deals/123805?ref=conf-jp&rpi=26000647)
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: bettylouski on September 15, 2011, 07:25:24 AM
Sonny's Place on Briarcliff, this should finally get me over there.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: totm on September 15, 2011, 07:39:57 AM
I think they will honour the certificates at P. Chang's -- just not on weekends.
Nope.  Only between 3 and 5 weekdays.  Scoutmob certificate (no fancy phone for totm or V yet) into file 13.  Now if uOTPiaInternationalVulcan, Fungus, and MarqueeMoon want to meet for a very late lunch/early dinner I can get that piece of paper out of the trash.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Hrothgar on September 15, 2011, 10:13:42 AM
I think they will honour the certificates at P. Chang's -- just not on weekends.
Nope.  Only between 3 and 5 weekdays.  Scoutmob certificate (no fancy phone for totm or V yet) into file 13.  Now if uOTPiaInternationalVulcan, Fungus, and MarqueeMoon want to meet for a very late lunch/early dinner I can get that piece of paper out of the trash.

I could meet ya there too. My office is a block away.
Title: Scoutmob
Post by: Fooddoc on December 17, 2011, 05:51:26 PM
How about a posting topic on Scoutmob experiences/problems/undocumented limitations. 
From another posting I understand there was a problem with The Crawfish Shack but do not know the details.  A while back we intended to use Scoutmob for a lunch at Peter Chang's but did not even try to use it since they had a sign up saying they would only accept Scoutmob for dinner.  We went back a few weeks later for dinner but found out they would not take Scoutmob at all (this time there was a very tiny notice to this effect at the front desk hidden between the lines on a sign displaying the price of gift certificates, which of course we did not see until after ordering and paying for dinner).  Obviously no money was spent upfront and then not honored but it is annoying and it just seems like a bit of false advertising, luring people in for something that does not exist.  We ended up lured twice.  It would be helpful to have a place where people can find out about the Scoutmob experiences of others.
Title: Re: Scoutmob
Post by: Beerbitch on December 18, 2011, 10:55:14 AM
I've never had a bad experience and since you don't pay up-front, really no big deal.  I've only used it for places I would normally go --

Biggest complaints are from servers who lose out big-time when people don't tip on what would have been the full amount.
Title: Re: Scoutmob
Post by: Fooddoc on December 19, 2011, 10:16:27 AM
I actually am a bit embarrassed and prefer not to use Scoutmob for a place where I already consider myself to be a regular customer.   I would think that the reason an establishment would participate in the first place would be to use the discount as a way to attract someone new who if they like the place might then become a regular customer.  That is why I do resent the rare restaurant that reneges on the offer and feel that I have been taken by false advertising.  I always make sure I tip 18% on the original full amount of the meal.  The servers have always been very cordial and it is clear on the bill what the original charge was. I even do not mind it when the restaurant goes ahead and adds the 18% tip on the original amount - Scoutmob actually states that this may be the case.
Title: Re: Scoutmob
Post by: jimmy on December 19, 2011, 02:07:54 PM
I actually am a bit embarrassed and prefer not to use Scoutmob for a place where I already consider myself to be a regular customer.   I would think that the reason an establishment would participate in the first place would be to use the discount as a way to attract someone new who if they like the place might then become a regular customer.  That is why I do resent the rare restaurant that reneges on the offer and feel that I have been taken by false advertising.  I always make sure I tip 18% on the original full amount of the meal.  The servers have always been very cordial and it is clear on the bill what the original charge was. I even do not mind it when the restaurant goes ahead and adds the 18% tip on the original amount - Scoutmob actually states that this may be the case.

+1 - particularly on your first sentence.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: Fooddoc on December 19, 2011, 03:15:27 PM
Sorry to have previously posted in the wrong section. Reading the previous posting regarding Peter Chang's, it looks like they only wanted the deal to bring in customers when no one normally eats, between 3 and 5.  Again I have no problems with any limitations as long as they are pre-stipulated in the original offering, otherwise it is just a form of false advertising.

Does anyone know exactly how the arrangement works between Scoutmob and the restaurant.  Some places don't even take the code and say just come back and use it again.  This sounds very hospitable but I want to be sure that there is no kick back that they are keeping from Scoutmob by not entering the code.
Title: Re: ScoutMob
Post by: jimmy on December 21, 2011, 05:23:44 PM
Sorry to have previously posted in the wrong section. Reading the previous posting regarding Peter Chang's, it looks like they only wanted the deal to bring in customers when no one normally eats, between 3 and 5.  Again I have no problems with any limitations as long as they are pre-stipulated in the original offering, otherwise it is just a form of false advertising.

Does anyone know exactly how the arrangement works between Scoutmob and the restaurant.  Some places don't even take the code and say just come back and use it again.  This sounds very hospitable but I want to be sure that there is no kick back that they are keeping from Scoutmob by not entering the code.

There are flat fees based on the number of people that print out the deal, and another fee when a customer redeems using the smart phone app. The smart phone app fee is much higher - $3. I think the print out fee is a buck or something.

If they are not taking the code and just giving the discount, it's likely an attempt to avoid that redemption fee.