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Companies that use the post office to legally sell items through slick marketing

Updated on November 27, 2009

Today I recieved a postcard in the mail saying "NOTICE" MERCHANDISE HELD FOR RELEASE.

YOU will absolutely recieve two of the items listed below for release fee of $36.94.

This includes all charges for shipping,handling and insurance and no other fees will be assessed.

All items are "NEW" "LIMITED TIME OFFER"

PUT an X or check mark next to your favorite items below.

1.Panasonic 50" plasma TV (new in box)

2.Apple IMAC 24" computer(new in box)

3. Canadian Maple leaf one ounce pure GOLD coin

4.2.3 carat faux Diamond C.Z. "Monte Carlo" cut

5 iPhone Apple 36 16GB Unlocked works with any carrier(new in box)

6.Callaway complete 16 piece Golf Club set includes bag(new)

7.$1150.00 in CASH

"RETURN ENTIRE CARD" -

(LET ME GUESS WHY I SHOULD RETURN THE CARD,OTHER THAN TO GET TWO OF THE ITEMS LISTED)

1. So,I hopefully don't remember who sent me this postcard !

2. So, they can send me items that I naively thought were being given away to everyone for just the cost of shipping and handling,but in reality only a very few people will recieve and the majority will not be given what they think they will get for just the cost of shipping and handling.

The "majority" of the people returning these postcards are in reality paying for two items that they wish to purchase,by sending the postcard to the address on the back of the card,with prepaid shipping and handling charges hoping that they will be getting the items they picked from on the card by placing an x or a check mark for free plus the cost of shipping and handling cost of $36.94.They do say that you can find out which items your code numbers say you will get.They are hoping that you will think that you might miss the limited twelve day time period within which you can claim your "GIFTS" and send in the $36.94 right away along with the postcard of course not knowing wheather you are getting anything of any substancial value for free Which means of course that you should know better and read the fine print !

However,there is a very small possibility that you really do have the code numbers that were picked to recieve items of substancially more value.than simply shipping and handling The chances are very low that you do have those numbers.You may as well probably play the lottery or go to a casino for better odds.

Whatever you do though ,I wish you good luck.

This is what it says on the back of the card

" NOT A CONTEST NOR A SWEEPSTAKES.BUT RATHER A

"MERCHANDISE INCENTIVE OFFERING"

.EVERYONE WHO FOLLOWS INSTRUCTIONS ON REVERSE OF THIS CARD IS GUARANTEED ITEM(S) AS INDICATED.

Notice it doesn't say that you are guaranteed to recieve two different items.It,says that you will recieve "two of the items listed" For all you know you might recieve (two) 2.3 carat faux Diamond C.Z."Monte Carlo" cut - what ever that is ! It doesn't say loose cubic zerconium Diamonds or ring,necklace,or even earrings .So ,you may not even know exactly what your getting.unless you ask them by sending them a request within twelve days of your recieving the postcard.In all likely hood you will need more time than is practical during the christmas holiday season to get the information you request in any case.Especially if they take their own sweet time sending it to you. 

( The reverse side of the postcard says); NOTICE IT SAYS YOU CAN SEND CASH.I thought it was illegal to send cash through the postal service.

LIMITED TIME OFFER - MUST RESPOND WITHIN DEADLINE

QUOTE:

Return this card and $36.94 for full release and delivery to you via truck or uniformed courier,

Send $36.94 in " CASH" ,CHECK OR MONEY ORDER PAYABLE TO :

"AT LEAST ONE OF EVERY ITEM WILL BE DISTRIBUTED"

DURING THE TIME PERIOD OF THIS PROGRAM.

"FAVORITE ITEMS CHECKED ARE FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY"

RECIPIENTS MAY VERIFY IN ADVANCE OF PURCHASE WHICH ITEM(S) THEY WILL RECIEVE

IF THIS IS OF INTEREST,BY SENDING A SELF- ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE TO ADRESS ABOVE AND REFFERING TO RELEASE # AND INCLUDE

"THE CODE NUMBERS ABOVE YOUR NAME WHICH DETERMINE WHICH ITEMS WILL BE SHIPPED."

.

I'M GUESSING THAT THIS OFFER IS TOTALLY LEGAL OR THEY WOULDN'T BE OFFERING IT

As,they say buyer beware ! You get what you pay for ! Don't buy anything sight unseen !

There is a sucker born every minute ! A good salesman can sell ice cubes to an Eskimo !

Have you ever fallen for an Advertising campaign that seemed to be too good to be true,and gave the impression that you as a consumer could potentially get something for nothing ?

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    • Sue1226 profile image

      Sue1226 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Some people don't realize you don't get anything for free. If I see the word free then they have lost my attention for I know you don't get anything free. But I have seen cards like this and also letters. So your right buyer beware.

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I never heard about this before. thanks for share. It open my eyes.

    • Green Lotus profile image

      Hillary 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I voted "yes"...but I was very young and naive. Now I'm old and wise. I've never known anyone who wasn't ripped off by opting for the "free gift". Thanks for warning folks, someonewhoknows. You know about this stuff fur sure.

    • dusanotes profile image

      dusanotes 

      9 years ago from Windermere, FL

      Someonewhoknow, I liked your Hub. I have been there, also. I hate it when this happens, so I've decided to just ignore these come-ons in the future. I hate to say "there ought to be a law" but there are a lot of unsuspecting people ruining their credit ratings just because of these unscrupulous advertisers - saying one thing and placing a "gotcha" on the bottom line in seven-point print (almost unintelligible). Thanks for the Hub. The thing about it is that it isn't just fly-by-night operators that use these slimey tactics. I also blame companies like Google, Yahoo, Amazon.com and many other icons of the computing business. Shame on them. Don White

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