The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 March 2008

Scratch the whole idea

TracFone, a provider of prepaid cell-phone service, sends out regular promotional offers to their customers, and yesterday's card offered the usual one-year / 400-minute package, but with "Lucky Bonus Minutes!" Just scratch off the lucky cloverleaf — if this was supposed to be timed to arrive for St Patrick's Day, someone dropped the ball somewhere — and see how much your bonus is.

Or don't scratch it off at all, and just read the fine print:

200 BONUS MINUTES will be awarded upon the addition of a 1 Year card using promotional code 52057 by March 31, 2008.

In case you missed that promotional code, it's also on the other side of the card, in much larger print: "Please use promotional code 52057 when adding your 1 Year card to receive your Bonus Minutes."

It's not a bad deal for a low-volume user — I've had twelve-month periods when I didn't use up 600 minutes, and postpaid service costs rather more than $100 a year — but I'm still flabbergasted by the fact that I actually scraped off all that silvery lint, just to be sure.

Posted at 11:09 AM to Say What?


See, Chaz, your can't claim being old bitter gloomy cynic anymore.

Anyone whi scratches that foil is still not lost to kid-like expectation of miracle. And that's a good thing.

Posted by: Tatyana at 5:55 PM on 23 March 2008

Until you realize that I'd read all the fine print in advance — and still scraped.

Maybe I was just hoping that they'd screwed up.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:39 PM on 23 March 2008