Rotten Offers

Discussion in 'Taylor's Tittle-Tattle - General Banter' started by Clive_ofthe_Kremlin, Oct 13, 2021.

  1. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    I'm fed up with rubbishy offers. There is always some catch to them. £50.00 OFF!! (paid in vouchers in 18 months time when you purchase at least 12 items in one calendar month, excluding those containing an R. Paid at our discretion. Vouchers only redeemable for 12 hours on the full price purchase of something really expensive from us and so on and so on....)

    You usually give up dispirited halfway through as you realise the thing is pretty much worthless. A scam to draw your attention in.

    Special mention here to:-

    A) Those glitzy silver and gold FREE WINE cards. Several poor people have waved those at me delighted thinking it's true. It is not nice to put a downer on them and tell them it is an advertising lie. Some won't even believe it at first because of the impressive posh card - I suppose that's the idea.

    Cifriana was VERY difficult to dissuade about those damn cards. She can be very headstrong and obstinate and she wanted her free wine. Then again, she argued with the landlord of the local pub while trying, fruitlessly alas, to claim the "free house" he was advertising outside.

    2) Supposed 'clubs' that give you a discount on loads of things you don't want. Usually tied in with mobile apps. Some of them even try to get you to pay. These things are very popular with the care industry and membership of the 'happy discount shopping club' (offering 10% off Boots No.7 makeup and pantieliners) is touted as one of the fringe benefits of employment with them. You are enrolled whether you like it or not. I have never used it. It is a shittoffer.

    What is the shittestoffer you have encountered?
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  2. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    I applied for planning permission to build an extension earlier this year, this was a cue for all sorts of firms to send me fliers for all sorts of things. The best one was a kitchen company based in north London, there was a letter with a £500 voucher and a glossy magazine. I flicked through the magazine and the units of the kitchen were priced up and basically the £500 off voucher would have been just enough for a tea towel rail. Binned.
  3. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    Worst offer ever and rightly punished was PPI insurance: I lend you money. I charge you interest to reflect the fact you might not be able to pay to compensate my risk. I then somehow convince you to insure yourself against not being able to pay me!!! And sometimes I don’t even tell you I am charging you for it!

    Amazing stuff.
  4. SkylaRose

    SkylaRose Administrator Staff Member

    Before they went bust, I had a T.V on the Brighthouse pay weekly offer. They offered to reduce my payments by 50% at one stage, I accepted on the agreement I could see the new terms, which in very small print said the Interest on the T.V would be upped by 75%. Told them where they can stuff that offer.
  5. Maninblack

    Maninblack Reservist

    Any sale item that is less than 20% off. That's not a proper sale.

    Also sales promotions that say..... Upto 50% OFF! some items. You then find only one item that is 50% off, a 5XL shirt with an arm missing.
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  6. Filbert

    Filbert Leicester supporting bloke

    They get people so frothy, especially those ones where you sign up to something for £X a month until the full price subscription kicks in.

    I work with some who will not stop banging on about their gin club thing. ‘You sign up and get £50 worth for £20!’

    Do you really? Who says half a litre of overly sweet gin, some tonic and a bag of pop chips is worth fifty bob? I guess people just love getting a box with their name on it, the content of which varies ever so slightly each month.
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  7. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    The Metro features a truly horrific offer today, an 80s music themed cruise starting at £1499 per person (i.e for the worst cabins).

    Quite why anyone would want to pay to board HMS Dysentry in March to be held captive to some of the worst music of all time, 80s pop (there was good music in the 80s, what passes for ‘80s’ pop isn’t it) Toyah, Tony Hadley, even T’Pau, a band so tuneless and noisy one reviewer claimed that rather than pay to enter the Hammersmith Odeon to see them it would be cheaper to get the same effect by standing under the flyover for an hour.

    I’m not sure what level of remuneration I would need in order to ensure such a trip. Paying for it seems perverse.

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  8. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    The supermarkets are full of them, not necessarily offers but I noticed some blueberries the other day with a bright red £2 sticker on them, yet next to them were a different brand but same weight at £1.80. People are naturally drawn to the bright red sticker without actually thinking about whether it’s a good deal.

    I also hate unnecessary offers, like buy 3 for £x, when you really just want one and don’t want to be forced into buying a load more of something.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2021
  9. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    The Athletic's a good one for crappy offers. I signed up just over a year ago because got a £1 a month deal. The deal expired recently and they sent the email saying they'd be charging me £59.99 or whatever for the coming year. So I say 'nope' and it takes you to a screen that says they'll drop it to £39.99. Still far too much so I click the obscure 'no, I'm really sure I don't want to stay' button and think I'm done cancelling. And, lo and behold, behind door number 3 is an opportunity to renew for £19.99. I went for that because £1.66 a month is still a fair price. But what a ******* load of nonsense stringing it out like that. Plus I probably chickened out too early - three screens later they'd have probably offered to pay me to stay.
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  10. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    On the flipside I wanted to watch The Godfather of Harlem the other day, but it’s only on starzplay. There was an offer of £1.99 a month for 6 months (cancel anytime) then it went to £4.99. I was like nah, sod that, I’m already paying for Netflix, Amazon and Sky, even though £1.99 is absolutely sod all and I’d easily go into a food shop and spend that on something stupid, or spend £5 on a pint in a pub and not give it a second thought. Yet £1.99 for something that I can watch at the very least for several days on end, somehow rather illogically seems like a stretch too far. I don’t know why things like that somehow seem different when it comes to parting with money compared to most other things that cost £2, but to me they do.

    Anyway, decided to stump up the £1.99 a few days later and the offer had gone and it’s now £4.99 which I definitely can’t stomach.
  11. wfcSinatra

    wfcSinatra Predictor Choker 14/15

    Season 2
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  12. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

  13. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Point of order: fifty bob is/was £2.50.
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  14. Relegation Certs

    Relegation Certs Squad Player

    What a sad story. Almost Shakespearean in it's tragic end.
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  15. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    I just had to share it, although I wasn’t sure whether to put it in here or the mental health thread
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  16. HeiaWatford

    HeiaWatford First Year Pro

    My nextdoor neighbour needed to get a new oven installed. The guy who delivered it said he'd install it for 5000kr, around £500. Absolutely insane. It took me an hour to remove the old one remove the hob and refit the new oven and hob. Had never done it before so a quick YouTube video and I was away. I just detest people who try and take advantage of elderly people. She was almost in tears when she knocked on my door. I contacted the company who delivered it and they said the installation was free of charge! So I'm going down the shop where she purchased it to put in an official complaint. I'm fuming for her. They're going to be sorry I ever walked in their shop. Does this company honestly think I woman in her 70's would want to install herself.
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  17. Cthulhu

    Cthulhu Keyboard Warrior Staff Member

    I quite like the little surprise of my Gin club box every month. You have accurately described it though (but the mixers are sweet, the gin is usually not). It is starting to wear a little thin
    The gins are unusual enough, you suspect you are paying slightly over the top. The mixers are varied but some are just awful and youd be better off with just some plain tonic. The snack selection some are edible but the recent inclusion of snail flavour crips was where it jumped the shark for me. May just tell Mrs Cthulhu to buy a bottle of unusual gin once a month instead.
  18. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    Sounds like a rogue employee doesn't it?
  19. Since63

    Since63 Reservist

    When I saw the thread heading, I was hopeful of finding a link to a '2-for-one' English butter promotion.
  20. hornmeister

    hornmeister Club Legend

    Got a link? asking for a friend.

    I've finally had enough of the bartering with Sky/Insurers/Energy providers every contract renewall.
    Sky is going as soon as I'm out of contract
    Insurers never get a change to requote, I've already gone elsewhere and I;ve fixed my energy fro as long as possible.

    I did take naked wines up on their free box offer after purchasing something else, swiftly deliverered, decent wine and no hassle cancelling which suprised me. Actually it was a decent offer that I might take up eventually.
  21. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Careless mention of a dairy product there. This'll become another cheese thread before you know it.
  22. Since63

    Since63 Reservist

    Well, no surprise there the way he used to jump about with all that butter in his pockets.
  23. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    Don’t you ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?
  24. Hornpete

    Hornpete Squad Player

    Amazon Prime is ******* me off.

    Items available on prime next day delivery cost around the price of postage more than the same item not available for free prime delivery.

    And I somehow signed up for amazon music a few months ago. Didn't realise because it is the same price as amazon prime and just says "amazon" on the bank statement.
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  25. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    There's a lovely bit in Alexei Sayle's "Thatcher Stole My Trousers" (well worth reading just for his account of the start of the alternative comedy scene) where he talks about doing, when his career took off, 'ideologically clean' adverts for butter producers...
  26. tonycotonstache

    tonycotonstache Reservist

    Worst offer ever was the club shop offering Beppe Sannino t shirts half price a month after sacking him
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  27. Diamond

    Diamond First Team

    Total Jobs.

    My job specs, (techie wastrel), and location, (SEJ Stand), have been set yet I get job "alerts" from 100 miles north and today I get this - Bus Driver - Park Royal, Immediate Start.
  28. hornmeister

    hornmeister Club Legend

    In my experience pretty much all job sites and in-fact recruitment agents are rubbish. Most of the stuff advertised doesn't even exist.
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  29. BigRossLittleRoss

    BigRossLittleRoss First Team

    Ive been experimenting with various tonics as indeed it is the major part of a mixed drink (although barely gets over the half way mark for me ).

    All the fancy ones I’ve tried , none of them are better than good old fashioned Schweppes
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  30. BigRossLittleRoss

    BigRossLittleRoss First Team

    It was a very subtle careless mention . Almost a careless whisper .
  31. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    The number of media companies that raise prices then suddenly have a sale stating fifty percent off. Which then brings the cost back to what it was bofore the price hike. So without any change in the actual price. Given the number of price trackers online do they think people are dumb. On second thoughts.......:p
  32. Whippendell Woods

    Whippendell Woods Squad Player

    Equity release.

    Twice in my life I had to step in and/or bail out my late mum as she was about to lose her house due to money owed in equity release. Complete utter racket.
  33. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    Oh I don't know. I might well be in favour.

    It depends how me and Ciff get on with trying to release equity out of our landlord's house....
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  34. hornmeister

    hornmeister Club Legend

    There is the odd gin that a Schweppes can overpower though and for that reason I'll have some backup Fevertree light. Currently working my way through a bottle of Aviation Gin (Was Ryan Reynolds brand) and partial to a Lonewolf from Brewdog as well.

    Some of the budget supermarket tonic can be a bit orrible, imho it's not worth cheaping out.

    I would agree however that for a run of the mill G&T, you can't really beat a Gordons and Schweppes with a slice of lime.

    Top tip, I freeze slices of lime on a layer of clingfilm and when solid pop in a bag. Can just use one when I need, with minimal fuss.
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  35. hornmeister

    hornmeister Club Legend

    It may be worth contacting the FCA to see if it was adequately advised and sold as this shouldn't really happen.

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