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February 18, 2008

Congratulations – You Have Been Chosen

It really annoys me how much companies lie to get customers and/or money.

From a letter I got today from Littlewoods:

An amount of money has already been reserved for you … It could be anything from £15 … to £30,000 cash to spend as you wish. Waiting for the catch, well there isn’t one. We just thought we’d like to celebrate the lauch of our new catalogue. ... Along with your award we would like to send you a copy of our catalogue free of charge.

So what has been redefined in the english language to make “There isn’t a catch” mean the following. From the small print:

Your request for a catalogue will also act as a request for us to open a credit account for you subject to status. The awards are conditional upon being accepted for a Littlewoods credit account and on the return of a signed credit agreement. The £15 award is to be redeemed against goods purchased from the catalogue.

It really does infuriate me.

-> goes to watch the Simpsons.


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