Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Friday, April 27, 2007

The Loneliest Number

Scratch & Lose piece of crap card.

I found this scratch 'n win card in our recycling bin when I got home after a healthy 14.5 hour shift. I couldn't resist scratching the stupid, shiney silver dot, even though I already knew I'd won the booby prize.

Why is it that when you scratch a promotional card for any fitness gym, you always win their 'rare' grand prize of 6 months for free, or no membership fees?

Nobody wants these prizes. Why? Because nobody really joins gyms. And those exceptional few who actually do go to gyms, well, they're already happy, sweaty members of their gyms and won't need the silly free membership.

Promotional scratchies for other companies always leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. Of course, scratching the dot with your teeth is not the best idea.

But even when you reveal your prize with a coin, your keys, a butter knife, or a really sharp banana, you end up with the lowest prize available – a stinking 5% off your purchase. That's like 15 cents off your 4-pack of light bulbs which will probably be banned soon because CFL's are the future. And everybody likes the future. It's full of possibilities.

But what's not possible is winning the grand prize. Because, according to the statistics on the back of Rona’s scratch 'n win card, there is only one card which holds the grand prize of a whopping 50% off your purchase.


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Blogger SJ said...

I never win these contests/promotions not even the useless ones.

11:21:00 AM

Blogger ZoeyBella said...

I won a free donut. I don't like donuts. :(

12:14:00 AM

Blogger patti_cake said...

I can't stand them either. A rip-off, waste of resources and energy. Hmmph. Yeah i'm bitter.

10:08:00 AM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

I am compeled to scratch anything and everything...including myself!

12:39:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

I'm with you guys! Scratching body parts rules, scratching scratch 'n win things is a waste.

3:39:00 PM

Blogger Laura said...

I worked at Zellers during a couple of those promotions when you scratch it off at the cashier. I was the cashier. Of all the scratch and wins that came up to me over a week I had seven winners of the 50% off. I told each one to grab anything else they wanted to get while I waited. A couple of people behind them in line grumbled but most were kind of excited for them too. Yes, it got them buying more than they had intended to. But, half off whatever you want is a sweet deal. I was glad to see people get what they could out of it.

Anyway, most of them are the dud scratches or lower amounts. But the big ones are out there. My Mom and I were shopping in a new store which had them on their opening night. We had a 50% off that night and went looking for more. I didn't find anything other than one shirt that I actually wanted. Still, it was nice to get it for half the price.

For me the worst part is having to wait for it to be scratched off at the cash. I want to know NOW! :)

12:17:00 PM


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