Thursday, July 29, 2010

Questionable Marketing Strategies

So my family has already had this conversation.  But I would like to get other thoughts. 

When we were at the lake, we started chit chatting with this guy, a friendly, older gentleman who casually told us about what a great time he had at a zip line place that day. 

“Have you guys heard about the new zip line place near town?  Oh, it’s great!  I went with my wife today and  it’s better than the place I went to in Costa Rica.” 

“Really?  Sounds fun.  Where is it and how much does it cost?”

“Oh it’s about 30 minutes away and costs maybe $95 or something.  I don’t really know.  My wife paid.  But it was seriously so awesome.”

Anyway, that was enough to get us thinking that we would really enjoy something like that.  So a couple of nights later, we went.

So when we got there, we realized that the guy who had talked this place up a couple days ago, was the owner/operator!  He wasn’t a satisfied customer at all!  We felt pretty duped.   Everything he had said before, was more/less a lie.  I mean it was fun, and I am glad we went, but we’re still kinda ticked at the guy.  We didn’t confront him, mainly because only my sister and I realized it at the time… had we told one of our menfolk, they probably would have said something.  Anyway, was that wrong of him?  What do you think? 


  1. I think that's hilarious! I mean, he got you there and made some money...would you have still gone if he would have approached you saying he was the owner & blah blah blah?

  2. He lied and purposely deceived you. There would have been nothing wrong with him telling you he owned it and being honest. He still would have put the idea in your head that made you want to go. :( At least you had fun, it just sucks you gave your money to a jerk.

  3. That is hilarious! I don't really see that it's all that huge of a deal - but I wouldn't trust him with anything of importance!

  4. Coming from someone that works in Marketing, I think it is deceptive. Honesty is always the best policy when it comes to advertising, because if all else fails at least you're still respectable. That was definitely a slimeball move, but I'm like you - I probably wouldn't have said anything b/c it wouldv'e been awkward. :)


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