Have you ever bought a magazine in a supermarket that have a bonus offer attached?
Hanging on a stand near the magazines are bags of goodies that say 'free with purchase of....'
Many people just see the word "free" and think they can have the goodies without buying the magazine, at the checkout we inform them otherwise. Some relinquish the freebie, others run back to get the magazine.
Sometimes the magazines on sale, with freebies attached, aren't all that popular.
They don't get sold.
The store is left with out of date magazines and a box of two of "freebies".
What happens to these? you might be wondering.
I'll tell you....the store has paid for the magazines, so any unsold are returned to the supplier and the store is credited with the appropriate amount of $$$. (Pretty sure I'm not giving away any secrets here)
The "freebies" however, cannot be returned, so if there are a lot of them, they are offered to shoppers at the checkout.
I used to love giving away these freebies.
Anyway, I was shopping at my local Woolworths recently, just raced in for milk, which I could have got the next day....but (there's that butt again, buttinsky) this must have been my lucky day.
As I scanned my carton of milk at a self-serve checkout a lovely young man offered me this....
He asked very politely if I would like to have this free gift and I wondered if anybody ever said "no thanks".
Fate must have decided that I really needed to have some Christmas themed cookie cutters though, why else would I suddenly decide to get milk when I could have waited an extra day for it?
Aaaand.....I have all the ingredients.
I am a comsumer of pretties
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