My husband has a pretty intense hatred of commercials. If he is away from his television with the Tivo attached (I brought a cat to our marriage, he brought an entire Tivo), his hand is clutching the remote and flipping through channels at an impressive speed. At first, it annoyed me, but it’s a quirk that I’ve gotten used to. (Just like he’s gotten used to me leaving my shoes in the most inconvenient spots possible in our household – love you honey!)
Every once in awhile, when I’m in control of the remote, we’ll watch commericals – mostly because I do not want to miss a MINUTE of “Law and Order: SVU” if its on. And every once in awhile, a commercial will come on that promises laptop computers to people with poor credit – all they have to do is set up a payment plan and POOF! They have a brand new laptop computer.
“What is the point of setting up a payment plan if you just save your money to BUY a laptop?” That has been what my husband has said without fail every time he sees that commercial. His point is valid – by the time you actually pay for said laptop through the payment plans, you will have bought the equivalent of two machines. It would just be easier in the long run to save up your coins and buy the machine when you can afford it.
Today I received an email from my husband.
“I called it,” he wrote. The Federal Trade Commission investigated the company offering the payment plan laptops. This company allegedly pocketed $15 million that people sent them and only shipped out one computer. Which might have been an accident.
Moral of the story? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.