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Dazed And Confused (Revisited)

Last week I ‘celebrated’ my 300th post with a retrospective, in which I highlighted some of my older posts as examples of what I had previously offered you. It struck me, as I had managed to find some that I hadn’t previously recycled, that it might be worth sharing them again. 300 Not Out – A Retrospective was, after all, a long post during which the casual reader could easily get lost!

I’m starting with this one, from August 2013. As is often the case, a post can be prompted by something quite small and simple – here, it was the amazing amount of conditions which had been used to limit a marketing promotion. These seemed to me to be totally self-defeating, and it is no surprise that I didn’t find any use for the promotional voucher before it expired. I couldn’t even buy a Led Zeppelin CD with it but, as music fans may have noticed from the title of the piece, there was no need – I already had the full set 😊

Take It Easy

This morning I went to our local town centre for a bit of shopping. While I was waiting for my drug dealer (Boots) to process my prescription for yet more medication I popped into WHSmith. One of the things I’ll be doing after I retire next month (have I mentioned that?) is to buy a new car, so I bought a magazine to help me choose. The assistant dropped a couple of pieces of promo stuff into the bag and when I got home I found this:

WHS offer

“What a good offer,” I thought, as I don’t often shop in WHS and with such a  large discount and four weeks to use it as often as I wanted, it was likely to make me spend money in there.  Then I turned it over and saw the small print. After locating my magnifying glass and wading through this I began to reconsider…

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  1. September 5, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Hi, Clive, thank you very much for sharing your post at #seniorsalon. I shared it on my Share, Care & Inspire FB page and also RT.

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    • September 5, 2018 at 9:39 am

      Hi Esmé. Many thanks for the shares, much appreciated 😊

      Like

  2. September 4, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    All the retailers have been to the same training school – it’s infuriating, and these vouchers are a waste of paper. I always get a £5 voucher when I go to Boots, but cannot spend it on what I want to spend it on. And as for those £50 wine vouchers that the Zon send out…

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    • September 4, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      I worked in marketing for a while, and lost track of the number of voucher campaigns I, as client, was invited to take part in. Some of the conditions were ridiculous, but that WHS one took the biscuit!

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      • September 4, 2018 at 2:52 pm

        They don’t want to give too much away, but want to make it seem as though they are. I just throw them in the bin as soon as I get them.

        Liked by 1 person

      • September 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm

        Best place for them! I can understand the wish not to ‘do a Hoover’ but some take it a bit far.

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