*read the fine print [day 188]

*Blog post subject to change without notice.  Other terms and conditions apply.  Not responsible from broken windshields.

What’s with all the fine print these days?  Are lawyers really that bored?  Or are companies that scared?  Does anyone actually read this stuff?  If not, I’m guessing we all should be.

There’s some crazy stuff in the fine print.  If nothing else, it’s entertaining.  Okay, so I’m easily amused.  Maybe you will be too.  take a look.

*All terms and conditions apply. Who’s terms and conditions?  Mine?  If not mine, where does one find these terms and conditions?
*It is our firm intention to have every advertised item in stock. Firm intentions you say…
*This insert was prepared weeks in advance for publication and prices and availability may have changed. Of course they have.
*Sale doesn’t include Apple products. Boo!  It never does.
*Prior to opening, a line of customers will form outside the store. Yes, we even have line standing disclaimers now.
*Regular prices are offering prices and saving may not be based on actual sales. What does that even mean?  
*Not responsible for typographical errors. Apparently if you post what you’re not responsible for in print or on the back of your vehicle, you’re covered and not responsible for anything!
*No operating system included. I knew it!  These cheap laptops aren’t even ready to use out of the box!  Imagine that on Christmas morning, as I’m sure Bill Gates will be.
*Excludes legs, frames and clearance items. Fine, I didn’t want legs anyway.
*Minimum purchase of $59.99 required. I have no idea what this is for, but I’m sure the people in line probably didn’t see this tiny print.
*Charitable items are excluded. Wow.
*Excludes: specials, super buys, furniture, mattresses, floor coverings, rugs, electrics, electronics, cosmetics, fragrances, gift cards, jewelry, trunk shows, previous purchases, special orders, licensed departments, special purchases and services. Inhale…  So basically nothing is on sale?
*Not responsible for photographic errors. That’s an invitation for subliminal messages to be added by the art department.
*…then rounded up to the next highest dollar. So it’s not illegal to operate like the IRS?
*Coupon offer not valid on FRONT COVER & PAGE 2-3 doorbusters. We’re happy that you like what you see here, but you can’t have it!
*Void where prohibited by law. Again, where does one get this applicable list?
*ASSOCIATE PROCEDURES: 1. Verify offer dates.  2. Verify minimum purchase amount.  3. Scan Barcode.  4. Place coupon in media bag. So on the busiest shopping day of the year, they expect their employees to read the fine print?  Can you see that happening where there’s 50+ people in line?  They better get metal detectors next year, as someone is going to go postal.
*Mail-in rebate. Paperwork!  Do not get crazy.  Security!
*All diamond weights are approximate. Hmm, size matters not?  1 carat, 2 carats… it’s the thought that counts.
*Some camera parts may contain parts that have been used or recycled. Now I’m all about used and recycled, but to buy something at a retail store that should be all new?  Seriously?
*Coupon must be surrendered at the time of purchase. I feel like they might be packing, so I’ll place it on the counter, put my hands up and back away from the counter slowly…
Okay, so I could sit here and do this all day long, but I have lots of other stuff to do.  Shopping is not easy anymore, as it requires research and knowledge in order to make good decisions in spending your hard earned money wisely.  Large retailers are not trustworthy, so as consumers, we must protect ourselves by being prepared, and unfortunately, reading the fine print.   Enjoy my trashograms of the “fine print”.


About jody wissing

I'm a person just trying to matter in a crazy world.
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4 Responses to *read the fine print [day 188]

  1. Amy Tuggey says:

    My dad was the ultimate comparison shopper…..unfortunately for him, he always went with quality of product (Beta not VHS) and sometimes got bit in the end. 🙂

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  3. cookthestory says:

    I recently missed the fine print on a “coupon” at the grocery store. It was a mail-in rebate, for $3 off on a bottle of wine. How annoying to watch myself become the annoying angry woman at the check out counter.

    • embracechaos says:

      I know, right? Who has the time or desire to mail it in? The only reason they do that is because a lot of people won’t mail it in. They get more sales off the psychological sale price and they don’t have to pay out the rebates. I wonder what percentage of people buy a product because of a coupon like that and they don’t send it in?

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