Last month, both Bug and I needed eye exams and new glasses. There was a place offering free eye exams and two pair of glasses for $69.00. I decided that was a best deal for us and we headed down. We were asked to pay $49.00/each for the eye exam, but were told that the price of it would be deducted off of our eyeglass purchase. So, I paid and we were examined. New prescriptions were given and we were directed over to where all the frames were on display. No one waited on us. No one told us anything, all associates seemed to be busy with someone. So we started looking at frames without any help or direction. We looked at the lower end of the price range. FINALLY, we both settled on two frames each that we liked. We were also finally approached to be waited upon. We sat down and I told them we both wanted single vision glasses and both wanted the glare resistant lenses, which I knew would up the cost each a little. Then I was presented with a price over $400!!! with our exams deducted. I said, "You advertise two pair for $69. I expected to pay more for the anti-glare, but never expected anything like this. The fellow took out a chart and did some calculations and then adjusted the price down by $100. That left me still paying $100 more than I expected. But I took it, and I paid it. At this point I was so exhausted and hungry I did not care.
Moral of the story, if you try to take advantage of a deal like this, be sure to wait or make someone explain in detail to you the requirements to get the deal BEFORE you even start browsing.
Have you ever felt someone pulled a "Bait & Switch" scam on you? Do you think it is ethical to offer something to draw people in and then try to obscure how to get the advertised deal once they are in? Have you ever had a job were you were required or encouraged to use such methods?
Barbara In Caneyhead