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Thursday, October 14, 2010

False Advertising?


The other day, I had to get my eyes tested, and as it has been for the last five years, I needed to get new glasses. Before going, I cut out a coupon. The coupon offered two "complete " pairs of progressive glasses with scratch resistant lenses for $199. " I gave her my coupon and picked out my glasses. I had her run it with insurance and with the coupon but no insurance. Guess what? My total was $546. Huh? So what happened to two pairs of glasses for $199???? She never told me what frames were included....obviously what I chose wasn't included in the special.

Two months ago, I took a good hard look at my telephone/TV and internet bill. Hmmm. Last year, I had switched to DirectTV because the cable bill was going high...they were going to charge me $140 for the three services. DirectTV advertised a special price of $26.99; and if I bundled through Verizon, the total would come to just $79.99..... Funny thing was though, when they came I had to pay extra to have the installation done because they "mirrored" one of the connections. I had to pay extra for each of the receivers (not dishes, mind you, the receivers). I was really confused when all the dust was settling down as I was paying $79.93 just for the television service, the bundled telephone and internet connections boosted it up to $153.93. Hmmm.

So, I changed back to cable, which has a faster internet connection and less issues with the television (pixelating and I no longer have to run to another room to change the channel on my television in my sewing room). I am still confused as to what an extra $5 charge is on my bill, and I don't understand why the incoming telephone numbers don't show up on the TV screen......and I wonder....How is it that whatever they advertise these days just doesn't seem to be what you end up paying for?

3 comments:

Ruth Anne Olson said...

I so relate to your post, as I'm sure everyone does. Isn't it annoying?

Michigoose said...

Vastly! And the sad part is that there seems to be no one really championing the cause of the consumer. Have we become such sheep that we just take it all?

acarolegrant said...

I am with you on this as well... not only is there no one to champion the consumer, try talking to a real person! Very frustrating!

Love the two keyholes.. one for in and one for out? ha