Saturday, January 10, 2009


I am tired of being bombarded constantly by people trying to get my money. I feel like as a consumer I can't get a break from people who want to sell me stuff I don't need. Emails, mail, junk mail, phone, internet, coupons, TV, movies, store displays, 2 for 1, 15% off, punch cards, memberships; they are all trying to give me a "deal" and I'm sick of it! Yesterday, on my way to the store, I got a call on my cell phone from someone wanting me to donate money to their charity (I won't say who). It was a good organization, however, they are based in Utah and they only serve people in Utah. I told him that while I think what their organization is a good one, I don't live in Utah anymore and I'm not in a position to give them money right now. He wouldn't give up. I was very nice to him and I don't like having to resort to rudeness to get rid of these people. I wish that they would treat my denial with the same respect that I give their request. We both we hearing something we didn't want to hear. I was nice, he wasn't, and wouldn't respect my answer.

Next I went to the grocery store where I walked past a display of candy bars, "buy one, get one free" whoo hoo! I was feeling snacky and was going to get a treat anyway. Then I get to the checkout, where I find out that only Hershey bars are buy one get one free (the display had many different brands) and the deal is only with my MVP card (like a fresh values card) which I didn't have because it was on my key ring out in the car where Jerry and Jonah were waiting. "Grrr, fine. I buy them anyway"

Then I come home to the mail where there is the huge daily stack of ad's (can you say waste of paper?) and a few letters. One was from a credit card company that was notifying me of some bad news. I won't go into the details of this because it's finances. But let's just say that I was HORRIBLY misled by them and talked into a deal that I didn't even want, and ended up costing me a HUGE sum of money.

Then I had to make a call to a business owner about fixing my camera, and he was so RUDE! Here I am a potential customer wanting to give him my business and treats me like crap. What is wrong with people?

I know that everyone is just trying to make a living. But I get so tired of it all. Luckily this is mostly a free economy and I can just choose to take my business elsewhere, but I'm really having a hard time finding any businesses these days that are pressure free, with quality products, good prices, and good customer service. Is that so much to ask? If I could find such places, they would be blessed with a loyal customer for life. And I would be happy to willfully give them my money for years to come. All I ask for is value in return.

Now I know that I should be more careful as a consumer and I really am not careless. But why should it be such a silly game? I know that two have to play and I just make it worse by falling prey to all this, but I just want to be able to give my business to someone I trust and purchase something because I want and need it.

So to all those marking people out there, LAY OFF! You can make your goods/services available, and If I want it, I'll come and get it.


Missy said...

(This is me screaming) AMEN!!!! I'm with you, Katie! Sorry you had a crappy day with the retailers (and money mongrels)

Bridget said...

Ugh. I hear you. I hope you can figure something out with the credit card mess. Isn't there some governing bureau you can complain to? What a pain.

Laura said...

I have to agree with you. Telemarketers and marketing can be very pushy and irritating.