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Old 11-28-2017, 08:10 AM   #1
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Tricked by my eyes

Not sure if this counts as an "Elder Scam," but...I fell for it b/c I simply need to be more careful about reading ads online.

I ordered what I thought was a 16-oz box of Godiva chocolates from Kohls.com. It wasn't cheap. The box arrived today, and it turns out to be....10.6 oz.

Tell me they didn't choose that exact weight with the intention of fooling people into seeing 16 oz.
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Old 11-28-2017, 08:22 AM   #2
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You know what they say...fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...shame on me.
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Old 11-28-2017, 08:28 AM   #3
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Everything is an illusion, how can it be 100% chocolate when it’s cut with all kinds of emulsifiers and preservatives, your probably only netting around 9.2oz of pure chocolate
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Old 11-28-2017, 08:30 AM   #4
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Like when I go to buy a pack of chicken, a 5 pound pack but when I bust it open there’s a 1/2 pound wet panty liner lining the tray
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Tell me they didn't choose that exact weight with the intention of fooling people into seeing 16 oz.
Okay, I'll be the one to tell you. 10.6 ounces is 300 grams. They simply converted a metric number to an ancient antiquated system of measurement...
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This eye trick played to my advantage while grocery shopping a few days ago.

I bought a pre-boxed cook at home meal at Aldi, it was $11.99 minus $5 as it was old stock (still good).

The cashier dutifully charged me $6 (11.99 - 5 = 6)
She did it again on a desert, $3.99 - $2 = $1.00

I did see her using her fingers to count out , so maybe it was not an eye trick, but a math issue for the younger generation.
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I have tried this trick when buying stocks, just for fun and of course hoping I'd get lucky.

Say a stock is $98.79 I'll offer $79.98 , maybe some human trader will transpose the values.

It has never worked.
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Yep, one of my Dad's favorite sayings, and so true!



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Cute, but why choose 300g? The old box was 16 oz (454 g). If the intent were merely to convert to metric, there are all sorts of amounts they could have chosen, versus one that conveniently looks a lot like the old weight. To old eyes, anyway.

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Okay, I'll be the one to tell you. 10.6 ounces is 300 grams. They simply converted a metric number to an ancient antiquated system of measurement...
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Old 11-28-2017, 09:00 AM   #10
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LOL, my eyes just tricked me here on the forum.
While scanning the thread titles, I saw "Tickets", and right below that "Basic Important.."
My eyes (well, more properly my brain) put the first couple of letters of each title together and came up with "Baskets". I stopped scanning the titles so I could read the "Basket" thread, only to realize it didn't exist upon a second look.
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Old 11-28-2017, 09:05 AM   #11
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So funny! But I doubt it was anyone's deliberate intent to create a basket case

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LOL, my eyes just tricked me here on the forum.
While scanning the thread titles, I saw "Tickets", and right below that "Basic Important.."
My eyes (well, more properly my brain) put the first couple of letters of each title together and came up with "Baskets". I stopped scanning the titles so I could read the "Basket" thread, only to realize it didn't exist upon a second look.
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So funny! But I doubt it was anyone's deliberate intent to create a basket case
LOL, I was waiting for the first pun! Congrats, you win!
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Boxes of Godiva chocolates come in many shapes and sizes.
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This eye trick played to my advantage while grocery shopping a few days ago.

I bought a pre-boxed cook at home meal at Aldi, it was $11.99 minus $5 as it was old stock (still good).

The cashier dutifully charged me $6 (11.99 - 5 = 6)
She did it again on a desert, $3.99 - $2 = $1.00

I did see her using her fingers to count out , so maybe it was not an eye trick, but a math issue for the younger generation.
I used to do that same thing when I played monopoly and was the banker. Then one day in school we learned about borrowing. The light went on! Amazingly, nobody I played with ever noticed my mistake. Or they just kept their mouths shut.

They never count back change anymore. And, what really gets me laughing is when you have a total amount of say $19.83, and then hand them $20.03. They look like "What is that stupid 3˘ about?"

Of course, credit cards have just about done away with the need to know how to handle cash so perhaps it is just a sign of the times.
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Boy, is there nothing insignificant enough that we can’t generate 20-50 posts on it? Or did my eyes trick me?
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Cute, but why choose 300g? The old box was 16 oz (454 g). If the intent were merely to convert to metric, there are all sorts of amounts they could have chosen, versus one that conveniently looks a lot like the old weight. To old eyes, anyway.
It could be that they simply chose a portion size that they have been using all along for the rest of the world rather than create a new US package.
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That was the diet version of the Godiva chocolates...
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My eyes trick me all the time, more with age.

Find myself buying the wrong product more than I used to. For example, I'll buy a box of ramen noodles wanting individually wrapped rectangular shapes but end up buying one ones in the cups as pre-measured soup.
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Years ago, my eyes once tricked me into paying the minimum due on my credit card, instead of the total balance. I didn’t discover it until the following month, when my bill included interest. That was the one and only time I have ever paid interest on a credit card, and I felt like a real doofus!
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