Littlewoods "too good to be true" offer is too good to be true
If someone offers you free money, there's got to be a catch. Nobody gives away coin. Are they your boss? Then they want to sleep with you. Are they clutching a microphone? It's a half-arsed promotion for your kerazee local radio station. A reputable high street brand? All above board, surely?
In these dark days we've little cash to splash, which is bad news for both us and the people who want us to splash it. So even your favourite stores aren't above the cowardly use of small print to secure your business, perhaps without you realising it.
Littlewoods, for example. Here's a recent letter sent to potential customers:
Congratulations! You have been awarded a sum of money to spend as you wish on Littlewoods goods.
You were guaranteed at least £15 but it could be £50, £100, £500, £1,000 or even £1,500!
To claim your award sign the Award Claim Form below and return it promptly in the envelope provided (no stamp required).
These guys think of everything!
Your award will be released within 14 days along with the catalogue from which you can choose your goods. However, please note; we are unable to release your award unless we receive your signed claim form below.
Winnah! It is Littlewoods, after all. They would never try and mislead me. And they used the word guaranteed which means no catches, right? And all I have to do is sign and return their Award Claim Form? Well that seems simple enough, I mean what could poss-
Your claim form will also act as a request to open a Littlewoods credit account for you. If you are not accepted for a credit account, you will not be entitled to your award and will not receive a catalogue.
And there it is, in a font size that'd have Tom Thumb squinting. Surely that means the Award Claim Form is actually a Credit Application Form, and the word guaranteed really means not guaranteed in the slightest.
As if you hadn't heard it enough - always read the small print. Just ask customers of redsave.com.