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50% Off Old Country Buffet Gift Card

by JC, published: 2013-06-18 12:20 viewed: 1925 times
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Recently we got the July 4th coupon from old country buffet, it is $3 Off Adult Dinner Buffet, Limit 2 Adults per Party.

So today we went to Factoria Mall's old country buffet with couple of friends. When we got there and pay for the dinner, the cashier mentioned that they need to charge the beverage as well.

We were surprised. Normally, we don't buy drink, that way we save some money. But, using their coupon, we have to buy the drink. So we ended up paying the same price as a normal dinner. Except this time we got the drink.

This is ridiculous. Since the coupon didn't mention that we have to order the drink, I think old country buffet is using this type of coupons to lure customers and do the bait and switch trick.

In fact, they've done it last time as well. Up till a year ago, the drink used to be free. Then, they had a promotion saying that they had lowered the dinner price. When in fact, they were starting to charge for the drink. So, if you skip the drink, it is cheaper, but, typically people would want the drink, so customers end up paying the same price.

In both cases above, old country buffet's promotion ended up to be a NON-promotion at all!

I think old country buffet should be honest, and do real promotions to get loyal customers.

P.S.

The Old Country Buffet at Kirkland closed door recently. So I heard the Factoria Mall Old Country Buffet is the only one left. Maybe they feel like they are the lucky one left, so they are able to fool around frequent customers like us.
Comments (17)
1. visitor 2010-10-01 16:52
I thought you just get the drink yourself, right?? Do you mean the difference is that they would bring the bloody drink to you?
2. visitor 2010-10-02 08:28
Now old country buffet is $9.99/person, if you only want water. If you want soda, you need pay more, I think it is $12.99/person.
3. visitor 2010-10-07 09:58
Since there are not a lot of places to eat, I guess there are times we might still go to old country, what the heck.

I got an email from old country today saying if you "Like Us on Facebook", you get 3 Dollars OFF Your Next Dinner at Old Country Buffet.

So, I guess I will do that and save some $$.
4. visitor 2011-04-02 05:44
Old Country Buffet has a new coupon available this time. It is Buy One Dinner Buffet and Get One Free, offer valid April 1-8.

The trick/catch is that you have to buy a beverage, which could be $3 maybe?
5. JC 2011-09-01 14:37
I keep getting promotional emails from Old Country Buffet. Today's email reads "An exclusive offer for you: $3 off Regular Adult Dinner Buffet with Beverage Purchase".

The problem I could see is, while you get $3 off but if you buy the drink, you are almost back at what you pay for a regular meal. The drink could be saved by just having water.
6. JC 2012-02-22 18:27
Old Country has seafood (fish and shrimp) for every Wednesday and Fridays at dinner. Also, they have Mediterranean Tilapia too. However, unless you've got coupons, otherwise, they are kind of expensive compared to other buffet restaurants.
7. JC 2012-05-24 20:12
It is almost Memorial Day long weekend and we got old country coupons through email. The coupon is for $3 off for adults. We are tired to cook at home, plus the weather was nice and kids were eager to go outside too. Anyhow, we decided to go to old country again for dinner.

When I handed over the coupons to the cashier and told her we would just have water, she said "no, you have to order drink". That's a surprise again! Well, now it brought back my memory that old country was using that trick again. Anyhow I paid the full price minus $3 off for each adult meal, but it really left a bad taste in my mouth. We thought we would save some money by not ordering the drink, but ended up not saving at all.

It is a known fact that restaurants make money from drinks, I am fine with that. But I do have a problem with old country buffet using promotional coupons as a way to entice customers to their restaurants, and then fixing the price up by not giving customers options.

Upon checking the email from old country again, here is what it says:
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Coupon valid May 24-30, 2012 only
Limit 1 coupon per guest. Limit 1 guest per coupon. Not valid with senior discounts or other offers. Dine in, single use only.
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So no where it mentions that customers can not use the coupon for meals with just water. Old Country Buffet should really be honest and give customers true coupons. I think they will have a great business if they improve their quality of food and treat their customers well, rather than relying on gimmicks like this to make a buck or two.
8. JC 2012-07-09 13:47
Old Country Buffet is going to offer hand-cut, perfectly seasoned Rancher's Select Sirloin steaks every night of the week. It will always be grilled fresh.
9. JC 2012-09-20 11:25
Yesterday we received a new old country buffet coupon through email. It is "buy one adult breakfast and get one FREE". Breakfast served Saturdays and Sundays. Expires 9/30/2012.

For any friend who wants to grab this, you need to join the old country e-club and then you should receive the coupons.
10. JC 2012-10-12 21:41
Old Country runs a special now, $9.99 per adult.
11. oldcat 2012-10-31 00:19
Old Country has FREE buffet for kids in costume on Halloween Night Oct 31 and Nov 1st. Also, starting from now, every Thursday evening from 5-8pm, kids eat for $0.99 with the purchase of an adult dinner.
12. JC 2012-12-06 17:33
In addition to any coupon you might use, old country also has $0.99 meal for kids on Thursdays. So it makes a very nice discount for families if you eat on a Thursday.
13. oldcat 2013-02-13 15:21
For tomorrow Valentine's Day, old country buffet has a new promo with kids eating for just 99 cents. Details are:

Event: Family Night Date Night
Date: Thursday, Feb 14th
Time: 5-8pm
Activities: coloring sheets, stickers, one free Clifford the Big Red Dog Coloring and Activity Pad
14. JC 2013-04-04 17:29
Price has gone up at Old Country, adult meal went from $9.99 to $11.49. It is too expensive to eat without a coupon.
15. oldcat 2013-05-23 12:15
Memorial Day Weekend, Thursday, May 23 thru Monday, May 27, from 5-8pm. Old country buffet Kids eat for $0.99.
16. JC 2013-06-06 20:31
Despite the fact that Thursdays, kids will eat for only 99 cents, but we got a higher bill. The reason? Old Country Buffet quietly raised the price of drinks. So it went from $1.99 per drink to $2.19/drink.
17. oldcat 2013-06-18 12:20
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