Pay to Reserve That Table

At one time, moguls would slip the hostess a $20 to $100 bill or drop some big names. Now getting a table at the time you want is only a matter of an app.  It’s all so clean.

Eater SF writes about the new Table 8 app that sells reservations at some of the city’s coveted restaurants – at least a dozen of them. Central Kitchen and Range are up on the site. Want a table for two at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Central Kitchen? You can still get one for $20.

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  1. John

    It makes perfect sense to bid for anything where demand exceeds supply. But too bad the restaurants haven’t figured this out. If it is hard to get a table, then the restaurant menu prices are too low.

    • backtothesuburbs

      Its a scalping app. Another in a persistent trend of tech endeavors that attempt to make legit practices which performed by individuals are clearly illegal…

      In fact there is no limit here. Any scarce commodity and service is now at risk of being commandeered by an unnecessary middle layer. Combine this with the fact that apparently its more viable for a business to cater exclusively to top dollar clientele, at the expense of everyone else, and you have a perfect recipe for a shitty society.

      Are there really no worthy, ground shaking, earth improving, goals that tech companies could address?

      • nutrisystem

        Speaking of which… Air B&B is now (indirectly of course) in the prostitution business.

      • John

        Seems unfair to blame tech for this. All tech is doing is making easier a process that has been going on since the dawn of time i.e. the practice of demand-based pricing – people are willing to pay more for something rare.

        That hotel concierge who found sold-out tickets for you. That last-minute air ticket you bought that cost top dollar. the tip that got you into a restaurant that was “full”.

        All that happens without tech. You’re really having an issue with the black market. Or not even that, but with the concept of tipping for special service.

        • backtothesuburbs

          I think the hope is that billions in VC funding are going to something more than ‘tipping for special service’. For all hype about ‘disruptions’ and ‘transformative technologies’ the actual products are looking pretty weak — just sayin …

          If SF is indeed supposed to be sacrificed for a new wave of tech products, then the least we can hope for is that these products are somehow worthy … If all it is, is cost cutting and convenience, then what is here today will just supplanted by something cheaper and more convenient tomorrow. Meaning that all of the alleged benefits of a tech boom are fleeting and easily displaced (ahem).

          I will ask again — what are local examples of tech endeavors which aim to do pure good? Kickstarter is my fave example, but alas that is in Brooklyn.

          • John

            Business doesn’t exist to “do good” in the sense you mean, except insofar as you clearly like to use computers and the internet to pass the time.

            There are of course tech companies that do heavy-duty business work, like Salesforce, Oracle, IBM and so on.

            Then there are services which do trivial things but which are wildly popular because they make them so cheap and easy, like Amazon, Ebay or Expedia.

            Not all tech ventures have to be meaningful and significant. Some people like blogs, Facebook and Twitter, for instance, but I do not. But if it entertains, where’s the harm?

            And we are all experts on everything now, thanks to Google and Wikipedia. While email has become crucial to many people.

            While biotech has enormous potential to do good.

            Here is my attitude to “doing good”. If I can make good money out of something that doesn’t “do good” and I feel guilty about that, then I can always donate a portion of that to charity when i am done.

          • Godzuki

            It’s very true….for all these companies that market themselves as (cringe) “Hackers” who are “oh-so-revolutionary”, etc. It would be nice if they could actually do something meaningful on a larger scale besides flash-in-the-pan services that will either been gone or ridiculed in a couple years (remember Webvan?). Zendesk launched a program for low income people to help access housing, services, etc. I think you can be a “business” and still do something meaningful.

    • Missy District

      Wow. I hope you mean that to be ironic.

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