Is Olive Garden Taking a Big Gamble With Its Endless Pasta?

NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Unlimited soup, salad and bread sticks were simply not enough. Heck, that's just too healthy. So Olive Garden, which is owned by Darden Restaurants (DRI) , decided to offer the "Never-ending Pasta Pass." The to-hell-with-the-carbs, all-you-can-eat for seven weeks $99 deal sold out almost immediately last week.

And then it really got weird.

Within minutes a black market sprung up on eBay and Craigslist featuring offering bids as high as $400.

All of this on the heels of the "Endless Appetizers" $10 promotion that TGI Fridays has been running. The Fridays promotion keeps getting extended with every retweet, even though the company's  Web site said the plug could be pulled at any time without warning.

Both chains said that the promotions are non-transferable and may not be re-sold, so technically the re-sales are illegal. But when it comes to gluttony, who says passing it on is a bad thing?

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