Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, October 9, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 39 Consumers beware by LYNNE GORDON Examine 'gift horses9 There are so many ways you can be "baited" with supposed free gift offers. Have you ever received a mimeographed letter in the mail that says: "Congratulations! Your entry form has just been drawn for a second prize." Not only are you eligible for a prize, the letter says, but you also receive a check for to buy some merchandise. It looks all right, but look closer, that "check" is really just a merchandise voucher and in fine print you find its only a credit to be applied toward merchandise. If you read more carefully, you'll also find that it only applies to specified merchandise in the shop and they may be selling steros or sew- ing machines. And if you still fall for the come on, when you get in the store, you'll find, fjret of all, the free gift is a package of sewing needles or an old record. Now, try to use your "pseudo The special machine you can buy with that probably cost about and even with the off, you are getting stung. If you had taken time to comparison shop, yoif probably could have bought the same machine in another store for without a voucher. But the salesman really isn't interested in having you buy the machine with the voucher. Once he has you in the store, he'll try to switch you to higher priced merchandise. He'll give you a line that the "special" merchandise is too cheap for someone with your taste. It will probably fall apart, after too much use and he convinces you to switch to a more expensive model. The best thing you could have done in that case, is never to have gone to the store at all. If you really are in the market for a sewing machine or stereo, or whatever that store was pushing, you should take your tune and comparison shop. And remember, the cost of any "free" gift is usually included in the inflated price of the merchandise. This is just one form of the free gift schemes. You may get another card slipped in your mailbox or under your door saying: "Congratulations. The holder of this certificate and enclosed gift ticket is entitled to receive one of the following items Usually there are about six items on the list. When you call the number on the card, that will be the first time you hear a company's name. And it may be a freezer or television company. That's when you should hang up. If you STILL think you can get a free gift, you are headed for trouble. Once you let the salesman in your home, expect to get a gruelling couple of hours of selling. By the time he works you over, you'll have bought merchandise you never wanted, probably at an inflated price. Or if you resist, and don't buy, you'll find you have to go to some distant spot to pick up the free gift. Now, if you ever decide to take the time to get that free gift it will probably be out of stock or you may be directed to an empty field. Another free gift offer, is the holiday trip. You probably won't remember that you dropped your name in some contest drum at a fair when a few months later you find you've won a holiday trip. All you have to do is send in a deposit. That's when you find your free trip is only good in off season at a place of their choosing and you have to pay for the plane fare and expenses all you get is a room, perhaps in a hotel you wouldn't stay in under other conditions. If the proposed Combines Investigation Act ever goes into effect, this kind of scheme will become illegal. Make a distinction between ethical and unethical contests. A legitimate contest gives you a prize and you are not obligated to spend a cent to get it. In the case of free offers, it pays to look a gift horse in the mouth. If you don't, you'll pay dearly with your time, your money and battered emotions. Copyright 1974, Toronto Sun Syndicate Women diplomats needed CHATHAM, Ont. (CP) Canada should have more women in its diplomatic cor- ps, Charles S. A. Ritchie, former Canadian high com- missioner to the United Kingdom, recently told the Chatham Women's Canadian Club. He said most women in the corps are either single or widows because it is difficult for married women to get their husbands to disrupt their careers to go abroad. Club corner The Golden Mile Singers will entertain residents of Blue Sky Lodge at 2 p.m. Oct. 17. St. Patrick's Catholic Women's League will hold a fall tea and bazaar from 2 to p.m. Oct. 19 in the church hall. Joan Steele is general convener. Featured will be a bake table, novelties, tom- bola, Christmas puddings and delicatessen. Receiving guests will be Marion Flock, Elaine Schill, Frances Costanzo and Irene Bartram. Tickets are available at the door. The regular monthly meeting of the Sir Alexander Gait Chapter, IODE, will be held Thursday at the home of Mrs. A. L. H. Sommerville, 1312 15th Ave. S. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Original Pensioners and Senior Citizens Society will meet at 2 p.m. Friday at the Civic Centre. Following the meeting bingo will be played and lunch served. A good attenance is requested. The regular meeting of Dominion Rebekah Lodge will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Oddfellows Hall. Visiting Rebekahs welcome. All members of the Southminster Junior Girls' Choir are reminded of Friday's practice at 4 p.m. in the church hall. U of L evening buses require more patrons Weekday evening bus ser- vice to the University of Lethbridge is vastly under used say city transit and un- iversity officials. In fact, if more passengers do not begin taking advantage of the two return trips to the U of L campus Monday through Thursday, the service may be cut back or even discontinued entirely. Jim Maclean, city transit office manager says that an average of 25 people per even- ing have used the city U of L bus service in the past fort- night. Not exactly booming business, considering the late bus, which gets into Lethbridge after city buses have stopped running, drops riders off right at homes. "It says Mr. MacLean. "The lowest we've had is 19, the highest is 32 people. But that is for a total of four trips two over and two back so there are really only about six or seven people at a time rattling around in the near empty bus." For those dressy Fall Occasions choose from our selection of lovely "Cloud Soft Originals" This lovely pump is available in Black. Navy or Brown Crinkle Patent leather soles, cushioned insole and arch support. Beautiful Combinations by "EMPRESS" THs dressy putnp is avaB- able m AH over with brown ;X comWnaSon ft; dark brown g: BlacJk patent black avaaablaJn Navy CrtmVle wtrh Navy kid Brown Kid wWi Brown Kid under glass trim Black K4d witti Kid wnder glass WTTJ 'r BurgwnOyCaflwWiSijr- p otmfly SueuJe Trim I I CIIARGMX identical 'Matching Handbags OpvnThnrB.andFrl.onfll9p.nl. Camm's Shoes Street Mr. MacLean says the tran- sit system is monitoring the evening bus service to the campus and will make a deci- sion on its future by the end of this week. "It's costing us about per return trip to go from city centre to the U of L and back says Mr. MacLean, "so we're losing money on most of the night runs." About six times as many people would have to ride the bus to the campus during the evenings, to average the to required to cover the cost of the route. R. F. Comstock, co or- dinator of the U of L physical plant development, says the university is aware of the problem and has advertised on campus to encourage more students and instructors to ride the bus in the evenings. "We're happy with the use the day time service is get- ting." says Mr. Comstock, "But we know the evening ser- vice particularly on the trips from the U of L back downtown is not used enough." "We don't want to get into the bus adds Corn- stock, "and we have no money in our operating budget to do so." He recommends the bus ser- vice as a cheap way of getting to evening classes: "You can't drive to the campus for 15 he says. "You can't operate your car for less than five cents a mile, including oil, gas, wear and tear. So that's about 40 cents one way for the eight mile drive." Mr. Comstock says be can sympathize with the transit system's point of view, if indeed the university route is not being sufficiently used. However, he says patronage of the city to campus buses always picks up in the colder weather, on both the day and evening rons. PEAS APPLESAUCE Tiny Teddy, 14 oz............................. BMRWW Western Family. 14 02. tins CRANBERRY COCKTAIL QQC TEA BAGS QQO Ocean Spray, 40 oz..................................WW Nabob, 60's deluxe Uw ZsRQO MARGARINE 139 RWW Western Family, 3 Ib.pkg.............................. 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