Wednesday, May 14, 2008

One and a half hours of my life...sucked away

I made the mistake of falling for one of those "surveys". Its not really a survey, its a sales pitch. When they called to let me know that I had "won", I was skeptical, and for good reason. I've done something like this before, and it just sounded fishy. I've been to the timeshare thing and I've had someone in my house selling a food system. Neither one was what I thought it would be.
When I talked to the dispatcher, I asked, "is he or she going to try to sell it to me, or is it just a survey?" And I was told that it wasn't a sales pitch. ARG! Liar! Also, I asked how long it would take, and she said, "it depends on how many questions you have." They should be able to estimate....but they don't because the system is going to suck an hour and a half of your life away.

A nice lady came, and she did a great job selling the cleaning system/vacuum that she had...but I knew going in that I wasn't buying because I had been lied too. Also, Rog and I don't buy things on the spot...we see it as unwise to buy without at least sleeping on it. You see, these sales folks are counting on you to buy it right then before you think about it. But even had they not lied to us and had they not expected us to buy it on the spot, I can say that I never see myself having enough money to spend $3000 on a system. Even if I had the money, its hard to justify that type of money to something like that.

My kids were hungry...we had to take a break to feed them mid-presentation. They were tired, and so was I. My poor man had been at work all day...and with a busy week, he didn't need this.

So, we got our 2 free gifts for listening, and I knew the $500 shopping spree would have a catch. If you look on the website, you have to pay "Shipping and Handling" that really ends up being the exact amount I would actually pay at the store or more. So, it was a total waste. But I was counting on the 2 night stay at a hotel to be worth it....uh when you read all the fine print and restrictions and limitations, it very likely won't be worth it either. You have to choose 3 locations--one is 6 hours away, but the rest are 12 hours away at least... So, when you consider a 12 hour trip, you drive a day, stay a night, play for one day, and then stay a night before heading home. It seems like a lot of driving (especially with gas so high) for very little relaxation time. Or with kids, you end up having to stay somewhere along the way. Unless we get the exact thing we ask for, it will not be worth the money. *sigh*

So, as I lay here on the table, strapped down, tortured like the man in black but not for something as important as true love, I'd like to explain how I feel. But the words just don't do it justice. Hear my whimper....

**This post has several Princess Bride allusions....for those who missed it.


At 11:17 AM, Blogger Sherrie said...

that's EXACTLY how my sister felt after watching napoleon dynamite with our teens camping one evening :)

so sorry!!


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