Monday, June 26, 2006

Gift cards and expiry dates.

This is quite silly. Okay, yes, it's annoying to give someone a gift card, or receive one, and not realize that it will expire. However, (1) I'm sure that I've had regular ol' paper gift certificates with expiry dates attached to them, so the fact that the plastic cards have expiry dates is neither here nor there. (2) Whatever happened to caveat emptor (let the buyer beware)? If you don't check what you've bought carefully, or what you've received that someone else has bought, then you deserve to lose it. If time is a huge problem, then give a cheque. Or cash. (3) Doesn't Ontario have bigger problems to worry about? The collapsing transit system in Toronto? Homelessness? Poverty? Racism? Gun violence? Repairing (its share of) the healthcare crisis? Heck, if it has to be a consumer issue, why not make Mike Holmes' job easier and regulate general contractors, and make them legally responsible if they fuck up a job? Something?


Anonymous said...

Did you use heck and fuck in the same sentence on purpose? :p

Gift cards are such a corporate scam. Give cash.

ADHR said...

Not entirely, but I thought it was funny, so I left it.

Cash is generally better, yes (and it's always the right size!). The problem is I have a number of relatives in different parts of the country, and in different countries. Mailing cash is a bit dicey.