Les étiquettes sur les livres que je viens d'acheter chez Borders, un grand libraire anglo-saxon, sont conçues de façon à induire en erreur l'acheteur. On comprend "achetez-en un, recevez-en un: moitié prix" alors qu'en fait c'est "achetez-en un, recevez-en un moitié prix". Il faut lire les petits caractères qui sont tellement petits qu'on ne voit pas qu'ils sont là. Pas fair-play, malhonnête, et franchement, très petit.
I’m officially pissed off. Yesterday at Borders, I picked up a bunch of books from the stands near the entrance of the shop. They all had a nice red sticker advertising a reduced price. See for yourself:
(want a closer look?)
Here is the text of the sticker, reproduced for your personal entertainment:
Buy one Get one
Please note the follow details: line-breaks, capitalisation (“Buy”, “Get”, and both “Half” and “Price”, but not “one”), and text size. They lead the casual reader (and even the not-so-casual one, I’m ready to bet) into interpreting this advertisement this way:
Buy one, get one: half price (Borders)
Right? If you buy one, you get one — the result is that they are half price. Sounds nice!
Actually, not so. You have to read the fine print. Oh, the fine print? I actually only discovered it when I was taking the photos for this post. Let’s have a closer look:
Oh! there it is. I can see it now. Fine print indeed:
SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. STICKERED TITLES ONLY. CHEAPEST TITLE HALF PRICE.
So, actually, the text on the sticker is to be understood in the following way:
Buy one: get one half price (Borders)
With an addendum, in tiny all-caps:
YOU WILL FALL FOR OUR EVIL MARKETING PLOY. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
Please note, again, how the layout, font sizes, and capitalisation are intentionally designed to induce misunderstanding of the sales conditions.
This is not fair-play, Borders.
Of course, I bought my books. It’s not when you see the total at the cash desk and you realise it’s higher than you expected, and you say “erm, isn’t it ‘buy one, get one free’?” only to be answered “no, it’s ‘buy one, get one half price‘” that you’re going to stop everything and give up on the books which you had already acquired in your mind.
Borders, shame on you for using such an evil marketing ploy. Disgraceful.
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