Thursday, February 25, 2021

Two for one and no installation costs

 Memorable Automobiles from The Past:


1952 Kaiser Traveler


I did not renew my license this year, so I am a former General Contractor.  I see so many ads relating to construction and life, ADS for things like:

Buy one of two windows and get two free….. 

(No price given during the advertisement)

Get $2,200 off our Air conditioner price along with FREE installation!!!....

The Lady yells: CAN YOU BELIEVE IT $15,000 OFF THIS NEW TRUCK! …………Me? NO! LOL

Our AMAZING GUTTERS half price with Free installation!

And they continue. America’s ignorance or gullibility gets stretched to the end.

Okay, I am not the brightest star in the sky nor the sharpest knife in the drawer, BUT for some reason I cannot remember when I could sale one house and give another free without doubling the price of the first one.

When I sold newspapers I surely could not give two papers for the price of one.

The above in many cases lists: INSTALLATION FREE!! So today they have folks that agree to work for nothing?

Can you tell I have been watching TV?  LOL I cannot believe this stuff!!

NOW, believe me I do understand how McDonalds and some stores do a two for one deal. You can see it on many register receipts you are charged the full price but then one is deducted with a code either shown or not shown. The second is a tax break for advertising.

BUT I just laughingly told Sherry, I can just imagine in 1956 someone offering $15,000 off on a truck. Back then the truck cost was $1,577. Ahhh Inflation. YEP, That price was twice what I earned the whole year in 1956. LOL

But wait, Now that 1956 truck in good shape is worth $33,200 up to $108,700. Here is NADA’s take on that antique that is still running:

Base Price 1956 Ford F100


 $    1,577      Original Sticker price 1956

 $  33,200     Average Retail  in 2021

$ 108,700     High Retail    in 2021    


Ok,  so, when I retire Imma just buy me a 20 year old truck.    Edmunds list the cost from   $279 and up.  Maybe I can two for $500. LOL

All my fun making of advertisements is just how I see it in my mind, they actually may make sense to someone in today’s young world……………..


PS:  Since reading so many westerns, I have learned that the Saloons offered free lunch with drinks. The food was salty causing a thirst for more to drink. thus the old statement:   "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch." LOL


Lisa said...

I have always said “if its sounds to good to be true, It usually is”.

Off to job #2

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

So true Jack, I have seen those ads every day on TV. Hidden costs often make up the difference. Don't blame you for not renewing your license. How could you compete in such a market as it is now. I don't think you'd be one to have hidden costs behind your bid. You are too honest.

Mevely317 said...

AMEN to what Ma just wrote! This reminds me of a sign I saw hanging, "Buy one for the price of two and get the second one Free." Of course us-un's are too smart to fall for anything like that ... aren't we?
Interesting about the Saloon's free lunch. That's probably why clubs today offer free popcorn.
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