Oh, You Wish You Could Buy Me Drink But I Live Too Far Away? Not Anymore

16Jul08

With the way most of us communicate with people from all over the world these days, wouldn’t it be nice if you could buy your Internet friend a drink – even if you can’t be there to toast with them?  Well, BuyYourFriendADrink is one solution, albeit limited in its locations.

BuyYourfriendADrink allows you to purchase a drink for someone online which they can then redeem at participating bars.  This may seem silly because usually you buy someone a drink when you’re sitting right next to them at the bar.  However, I don’t even live in the same state as some of my co-workers let alone all the great people I’ve connected with through my blog and Twitter.  This would allow me to show my gratitude to someone who gave me help on a project or just give me a way to say, “hi!” to someone I never get to spend time with.  Any way you want to look at it, people like getting things.  Especially free things.

The way it works is pretty simple.  If you want to buy someone a drink, you just need to sign up for an account and go to the “buy a drink” page.  From there, enter in your name and email address along with the name and email of the friend you’d like to purchase a drink for.  You can also choose to enter in their cell number if you’d like them to be notified of their drink via text message.  Then enter in the amount of your gift (a $0.99 transaction fee will be added to your order).  Write your friend a little note telling them why you’re sending them a drink, or five, and then choose to pay via PayPal or credit card.  That’s it.  Your friend will receive an email or a text message with a gift code that they can use to purchase a drink at a participating bar.  It is recommended that the recipient prints out the email with the gift code to hand to the bartender, but not required. 

When you browse through the list of participating bars you’ll see that it’s not extremely long.  But not to worry!  If you send someone a drink and there isn’t a bar in their area to redeem it at, they can choose to transfer the money to their PayPal account.  That way, they can just go to their favorite watering hole and buy their own drink.  This option is also useful for people who don’t drink alcohol.

Any way you look at it, BuyYourFriendADrink is a fun way to show someone you don’t get to see all that much, that you’re thinking of them.  It’s also a great way, as a boss, to buy employees a drink if you don’t feel like going out drinking with them after work.  Just in case my boss is reading this, San Francisco is a supported city 😉 .



3 Responses to “Oh, You Wish You Could Buy Me Drink But I Live Too Far Away? Not Anymore”

  1. 1 Jason

    Now that is fricken brilliant! Shots all around! =)

  2. 2 Jason

    Wait, no Seattle??? =(

  3. Jason, that doesn’t mean you can’t buy me a drink ;). But seriously, I’ll let you know if I find anything out about new cities to be included.



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