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Better Enjoy it While it Lasts

August 24th, 2007 at 07:04 am

Dh being in the marketing field told me this focus group had issues how they were recruiting people. He says usually they should be calling random samples, not advertising all the money and getting just a certain group. (For one handing out flyers so we tell our friends/family but that would skew to a certain segment of the population).

But he had a flyer for a woman's "taste test." I figured they hadn't called so I probably didn't qualify so what the heck. So I did. Oh I qualified, they set up a time (why do they do that? and THEN they ask more questions to make sure. Do I eat soup often or occassionally (once a month?). I say occassionally - I don't remember the last time I ate soup. So the guy says, well, to qualify you have to ear soup 2-3 times a week or more. Are you sure you don't eat soup that much?

Is he kidding me? I just said once a month. Whatever - $30 for 30 minutes down the drain. He starts telling me about a great wine focus group for $60. I say sure but I don't drink wine very much, what is the qualification? Drink wine 2-3 times a week at least. Didn't I just say I don't drink wine very much? LOL.

They are new and obviously VERY desparate to feel some spots. I told dh and he was peeved. He said hopefully when they go out of business they will sell their mailing list to another marketing company. Hehe. He said seriously, no one would hire them if they knew how they were recruiting people. It was obvious to me all I had to do was change my mind and I could have gone. I almost felt pressured to. But like I know anything about wine. I am not that desparate for the money. I imagine many are though.

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I also finally made it to Kohls and spent about $60. With my $10 off coupon I got a really nice purse (finally - been looking for months). Got it for around $15 I'd say - not bad.

Then I bought 3 shirts fro $40. Don't ask. LOL. Actually, REALLY cute though.

Oh, and a $3 shirt for my niece.

The sales racks weren't bad - a lot of $4 - $7 stuff in the kids' department which isn't bad (how much it usually is at the thrift shop anyway). & a lot of adult stuff in the $10 range. I can usually find some really good deals, but didn't have the touch, nor the time yesterday. But I got a couple of cute tops for $12 and one for about $20. That one I thought was on sale more but just kept it - figured I'd be extra picky on it when I tried it on at home. It was the cutest/most perfect top. I think I have to lose a few more pounds to do it justice, but maybe it will motivate me. Have to keep it. I don't think I would have picked it up otherwise, but meant to be I guess.

They also had a ton of "sales price given at register" signs. This one was in a rack of stuff full of 50% off items so I thought it would be closer to $15 or something, and with the sale price given at register, I expected more. Oh well. For the most part I thought I don't want to buy anything if I don't know what the price is. What kind of sales tactic is that? Do people really enjoy that? It just screams to me, the sale is too crappy that you wouldn't buy it if we told you the sales price - LOL. Yeah about how it went with that one shirt. But it got me anyway.

What I really need to do is go get a haircut now. It's been about 8-9 months. Maybe tonight - have a coupon that expires tomorrow.

Today I have a boring seminar in a beautiful setting. But it will be hard to enjoy in the 100 degree heat. Blech. & with the boring seminar - LOL. Will get out early at least and we are going to the gym tonight.

Weekend will be a whirlwind. Parties, get togethers, amusement park, family, etc. Will be fun. I don't return to work until Tuesday but brought home hours of work. Maybe sneak a little in tonight or Monday. Have to get something done, but intend to enjoy the weekend for the most part.

2 Responses to “Better Enjoy it While it Lasts”

  1. fern Says:

    The way it works here with those focus groups. First, the focus group marketing people will qualify you over the phone and i've had them even 'coach' me by letting me know what the right answers are if i want to be accepted for the study. Then i get a 2nd call, this time, from a rep from the company hiring the focus group company who is following up to confirm i qualify.

  2. monkeymama Says:

    BAd bad bad. LOL.

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