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When is a gift not a gift?

 
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:43 pm    Post subject: When is a gift not a gift? Reply with quote

I'm getting heaps of emails from merchants I'm aff'd with. They want to send me a Christmas gift. Ooh, that's nice.

And then the "gift" turns out to be a discount voucher to buy their products. What a swizz.

Who would want that sort of gift? If it's a gift, then I expect it to be free! A gift. Even a gift voucher of 10 would be acceptable, but a discount voucher of x% off isn't a gift at all IMO.

I think that this kind of so-called gift could do more harm than good. I don't feel goodwill towards the sender, only disappointment.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a sign of the times. But yes... if that's what they're up to, they'd be better off sending nothing at all.

Very occasionally, we used to get the odd gift. A hamper from one hotel company always went down well, and the occasional gift from Google would crop up, too.

Alas, nothing so far this year... Frosty
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the worse aspects of the holidays - the fake gifts. Just opened one from a guy in CA. His gift? A video with him in it trying to sell me something. WTF. But I blame myself for clicking on the link and wasting a couple of minutes, can't suppress that eternal child part of you that's always expecting gifts every season I guess.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know what you mean about the sense of disappointment. If you sent me a free tea-bag I would quite happily have a cup of tea and think how nice it was that you sent me the thing.

It you gave me a fantastic amazing discount voucher so I can buy a box of tea-bags from you at a 10% discount, then I don't feel so happy about it, especially if you gift-wrapped it and gave it to me as though it was some kind of exciting gift. Evil or Very Mad

Some people just don't have a clue.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:04 am    Post subject: GifThem Reply with quote

I agree, it's a bit deceptive...I mean it's marketing for them, but it's really a bit confusing if you're the one who receives it.
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