Good Day World!
On this Friday the 13th, I thought it would be fun to point out some people’s recent good fortunes.
I grew up with the notion that if you see a good deal…jump on it!
I’m certainly not the only person that goes by that notion. Most of us are struggling from payday to payday, and it seems like we never get a break.
When we do, it’s far and few. But sometime the planets align just right, and a dream deal presents itself! It can happen.
Here’s three very recent examples of getting great deals at the expense of some corporations:
For a little while on Thursday, United Airlines was giving away airplane tickets for free, or close to it. Passengers reported buying tickets for $5 to $10. United says it accidentally filed fares for $0, although airport charges might have resulted in a small cost.
United stopped taking bookings through its website and phone centers to prevent more of the tickets from being sold or given away. The website was accepting reservations again around 2:45 p.m. Central time.
United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says the mistake was due to an error in filing the fares, not a problem with the website. The airline doesn't yet know how many tickets were sold at the unusually low prices. Read the whole story here
I thought that was pretty cool. Tech types who like to get a real steal will enjoy this next story; imagine…an Apple TV for $50! Here’s the skinny:
Best Buy released a too good to be true coupon yesterday: It was - Spend a $100 and save $50 automatically when you pay with a MasterCard credit card. The fine print had excluded a few products but it was pretty much a free $50 bucks for everything else.
So predictably people took advantage of ol' Best Buy and rung up thousands of dollars of Amazon.com and iTunes gift cards for half off, Apple TVs for $50, Kindle Paperwhites for cheap and anything they could find without any limits. Read the whole story here.
Hey! Power to the people right! I mean, what are you going do? When a corporation makes a slip like that it’s barely a blip on their financial radar. Their profit margins are already obscene, a little karma won’t hurt them. This last story is a jewel!
Macy's most recent catalog contained a pretty jaw-dropping deal: a diamond necklace with an original price of $1500 was advertised on sale for $47.
The only problem? The sale price was a typo. The necklace was supposed to be $479 on sale. Some poor copy-editor is probably getting fired as we speak.
A number of customers were able to buy the necklace at the $47 price (Macy's eventually cottoned on to the mistake and posted signs at its jewelry counters apologizing for the error and listing the correct price). Read the whole story here
Time for me to walk on down the road…