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Now You Can Buy And Sell S.F. Restaurant Reservations Too

July 6, 2014

by : sfist – excerpt

The increasingly distasteful “sharing economy,” which is becoming more of an “a**hole economy” with every new greed-driven app, takes another step in a distasteful direction with ReservationHop, a site that lets people buy and sell restaurant reservations for $5 to $12 apiece. As CBS 5 reports, the startup is just now launching in San Francisco, offering hard-to-get and not-so-hard-to-get reservations on Fridays and Saturdays at restaurants like Nopa, Park Tavern, and even State Bird Provisions. They’re doing this by offering to pay people undisclosed sums (it says you can name your price) for reservations they already have in their name and are not going to use.

Available reservations then go up for sale on the site and are available up until 4 hours before the reservation time, at which point, if they’re not claimed, ReservationHop calls the restaurant to cancel. This of course would not work for restaurants like Benu, where you’re charged $195 per person if you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, or Saison, where you’re charged the full menu price if you cancel with less than a full week’s notice. And ReservationHop is trying to mitigate restaurant objections to their business model by saying, “We believe that we can reduce no-shows through a paid reservation system, without putting tables at risk.” They point to the ticketing system now being used at Grant Achatz’s Chicago restaurants Next and Alinea, and how they were able to decrease the number of no-shows by 75%… (more)

Good article on a steamy hot topic that is just starting to percolate. We need a serious public debate on the sharing concept and what sharing really means. Sharing economies are not benevolent endeavors. If you look up the meaning of “share” in the dictionary, what
you will see is: split, apportion, participate in. The commodity is data and participation is not free.
Sharing sounds more like a business deal than a desirable act of unselfishness and generosity. Looking at it that way makes all the contracts SFMTA is signing with sharing companies for exclusive use of public property less defensible, since they are picking winners and losers.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. holeshothunter permalink
    July 6, 2014 7:41 pm

    So, the group called “greedy” is widening. This time some restaurateurs are playing the 1%, and people who couldn’t eat there anyway are not eating there anyway. So: Boycott them, as if that makes you feel good. I simply don’t want to go to such places, let alone make a mini war with some other greedy putz over the ability to get reservations. It’s an entertainment that used to be cheaper than disneyland. Not any more. Let’s see…who did the French do in their little affaire de coeur in ’89 ? Where’s that list? It deserves some updating now that our revolution has failed. I’m so disappointed. After having had 2.5 centuries of success, too. {a bit over 100 years if you’re black, I guess} Shrug


  2. holeshothunter permalink
    July 6, 2014 7:59 pm

    whoops the utterly fantastic e.e. cummings -like visual poetry did not come out right fukitol.


    *the * *TOWN CRIER * ​ Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act ~ A. Einstein


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