Recently, Albertson’s had a promotion where you’d get a sticker every time you spent $10 in one trip. If you spent $20, you’d get two stickers, and so on. If you earned enough stickers, you could get “free” Cuisanart appliances. You had 3 months and 20 days to earn stickers. Now, for someone who does all their shopping at just one store, maybe it would be considered a good deal. But, for me? No way! In order to win the cheapest item, you’d need 60 stamps. Which means you’d have to spend $600 on groceries. And the prize for 60 stamps was an electric can opener. With a retail value of $24.99.
The only reason promotions like these work is because we sometimes lose the ability to think logically. We might want the blender-processor, which requires 190 stamps ($1900 spent at the store) and opt to spend a little more each time we go to the store in order to get enough stickers for the prize, vs. outright buying the appliance for it’s retail value of $89.99.
I did end up earning some stickers, some of which I lost. They are tiny! I was about to throw them out, when it dawned on me that DD could put them to good use. She loves, loves, loves stickers!
I know it’s hard to see in the picture, but she’s sporting the small white stickers with blue writing on her jacket.