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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I just received a flyer in the mail. It says that I should attend a dinner and presentation about how corona virus-induced market volatility could affect my retirement planning


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    It's a video conference and they're delivering the dinner.

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    Or its a regular dinner and their message is that you'll die before you ever retire...

    Overhere, I got lots of email spam from private sauna's (not the exotic kind) telling me they stay open during the corona crisis. Yeah, well, I'll pass.
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    A lot of fast free places in Canada have already changed their ads stating food is for pickup and take out, I think a few are offereing free delivery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    Or it's a regular dinner and their message is that you'll die before you ever retire...

    Over here, I got lots of email spam from private sauna's (not the exotic kind) telling me they stay open during the corona crisis. Yeah, well, I'll pass.
    The saunas may be hot enough to kill the virus.
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    The sauna cabins perhaps, but overhere they're total wellness concepts which also have a hot tub, pool etc. Which I currently do not want to share with others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    The sauna cabins perhaps, but overhere they're total wellness concepts which also have a hot tub, pool etc. Which I currently do not want to share with others.
    Hot tubs are notoriously good at spreading disease. I'd not get in one. Pools, maybe, but indoor pools usually reek of chlorine for a reason.
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    Automobile TV ads are increasingly making offers to delay or defer loan payments if you run into financial difficulties due to the economic effects of the pandemic. I think that’s good marketing.

    There is one major company, however, that repeatedly shows a “feel good” ad that simply says “we’ve got your back”. No mention of how- just nice pictures of children, families, and verdant fields. It bugs me, because it really comes across as empty platitudes.


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    The two big DIY stores, Lowe’s and Home Depot, are promoting that they have toilet paper. In store only, no delivery.

    This may be the strangest loss leader I have ever seen

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    The two big DIY stores, Lowe’s and Home Depot, are promoting that they have toilet paper. In store only, no delivery.

    This may be the strangest loss leader I have ever seen
    As you note, these are DIY stores, so some assembly may be required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    As you note, these are DIY stores, so some assembly may be required.
    Can't wait to see the user manual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    The two big DIY stores, Lowe’s and Home Depot, are promoting that they have toilet paper. In store only, no delivery.

    This may be the strangest loss leader I have ever seen
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    As you note, these are DIY stores, so some assembly may be required.
    I've actually seen it being assembled. As long as you've got a massive Fourdrinier machine (approx 25 x 25 x 100 feet), the rest is easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    Can't wait to see the user manual.
    Hey, if they need user instructions for toothpicks...
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    No in-store demonstration?

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    And how's the warranty?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Automobile TV ads are increasingly making offers to delay or defer loan payments if you run into financial difficulties due to the economic effects of the pandemic. I think that’s good marketing.
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    Would interest continue to accumulate? I've seen that done before on credit cards. "Feel free to make no payments for the next six months! (And at the end of six months, you'll owe us even more than before.)"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesabrown View Post
    Would interest continue to accumulate? I've seen that done before on credit cards. "Feel free to make no payments for the next six months! (And at the end of six months, you'll owe us even more than before.)"
    Fortunately, I’m not in the market for a car. If I were, I’d read the fine print very carefully


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    During our last outing, Mrs Extravoice picked up some supplies for baking. Since some items were hard to come by, she picked up a bag of "artisan" chocolate chips.
    The part that really confused me is that they are "extra semi sweet".

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    Well, you can buy "Magnum Mini" icecream, so...
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    Twice the Meat*

    *Required by the Lasagna with Meat Sauce standard.

    That's a standard which allows half the meat required in "lasagna with meat and sauce".
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    There is a TV ad for a big-box home improvement store that points out how much they care about customer safety-read COVID-19. They show their Director of Customer Safety, along with a subtitle saying “18-year employee”.

    That’s great, but I wonder how long the position of “Director of Customer Safety” has existed.


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    He's the guy in charge of making sure they put up the appropriate signs and barriers to satisfy their liability insurance carrier. No worries if the customers get hurt as long as we can plausibly blame them for it.
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    Marketing Spin

    A company that makes pain relief patches is running a TV commercial identifying a new competitor product, saying “It hasn’t been proven to work better than our extra large patch”.

    I’m no expert, but calling attention to a competitor’s product doesn’t seem like a good idea, especially if your best put-down is “It may not be better than our best product.”


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    At Albertson's supermarket there's a sign with big letters saying "FREE Flu Shots" and tiny lettering at the bottom saying "with most insurance".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    At Albertson's supermarket there's a sign with big letters saying "FREE Flu Shots" and tiny lettering at the bottom saying "with most insurance".
    Anything is “free” if you can convince someone else to pay for it.

    On a related note, our car insurance company offered free windshield repairs for small cracks caused by stones. We found out the hard way that it wasn’t quite free. When we moved to another state and had to get a different insurance company, it counted as a “prior claim” resulting in higher rates for three years.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    At Albertson's supermarket there's a sign with big letters saying "FREE Flu Shots" and tiny lettering at the bottom saying "with most insurance".
    Same sign at my Safeway, because it's the same company. Doesn't beat the "GLUTEN FREE!" one on a display of bottled water, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Same sign at my Safeway, because it's the same company. Doesn't beat the "GLUTEN FREE!" one on a display of bottled water, however.
    I bet the water's also vegan and 0 cholesterol.
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    Now the Albertson's sign says "Free Flu Shots, 10% Off".

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    Haircuts, 10% off!

    Or better yet, ladies' lingerie, half off.
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