Do I have "sucker" written on my forehead? {Listography 2011}


A post from the other half...

First, let me introduce myself.  I am Ryan, the husband who reads many versions of every post, sometimes gives input, but never comments (I need to get better at that).  I am the one who watches Torrie fall asleep sitting upright on the couch with her laptop - in the middle of obsessing over spacing or the mysterious self-changing font. 

Some of you may be aware that it is my lovely wife's birthday tomorrow, so I thought I would start my gifting a couple hours early by giving her the gift of time, taking over one of her posts.  Granted, I am not as gifted a writer as she is but I will give it a go. 
 
 
Each Wednesday, Emily, @ Notorious MLE, Danielle, @ Elleinad Spir, and Torrie are working their way through the lists of Listography 2011.
   
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I saw this week's topic, List all the scams you have encountered and thought, "This one is right up my alley."  It is as though I am a magnet for scams, as I have fallen for many things that were 'too good to be true.'


1.  Columbia House - 10 CDs for a penny.  This is the first one I can remember.  They made it extremely difficult to send back the Kenny G. CD I didn't order and near impossible to get out of the program.
 
2.  The 'Free' year subscription to a magazine.  I was just trying to make a purchase and be on my way, but the salesperson told me that as a loyal customer they were offering me a subscription to "Food & Wine."  Who knew they were linking the subscription to my check card for automatic renewals?  Three years later, I finally went through the complicated process for canceling the subscription.
 
3.  The '0% APR' credit card.  Didn't read the fine print on this one.  Apparently there was a line in microscopic legalese on page 76 that informed me that if I was 45 seconds late on a payment my rate would go up to 29.99%.

4.  "I have an exciting business proposition for you"  I don't know how many times an acquaintance wanted to set up a business meeting so they can tell me how I can quit my job, be my own boss, and enjoy 'financial freedom.'  Really???  How many suckers would I need to take advantage of to make this a reality?  Sure... sign me up, pal.

5. "Do you wanna buy some speakers?"  Seriously, I don't know why these guys come after me.  As I am walking to my car in the Target parking lot, a couple of guys pull up in a van telling me that they have overstock high-end speakers that they need to sell dirt-cheap for cash.  Where did they get these speakers?  Are they stolen?  Are they defective?  Why do they always approach me?  Do I look like a guy that needs new speakers?  Because of this I have learned not to make eye contact with anyone in a parking lot.
 
I am curious to see what you've fallen for.  Let us know with a comment or head over to Emily's and add a link to your post.

Now, I am off to get some rest for a big day (or week, if you ask Torrie) ahead of us.  I'm looking forward to it.  Happy birthday to my gorgeous, talented, adorable, sweet wife!!!
 

22 comments:

  1. Ryan....I'm so excited to see a post from you! Colombia House, that's classic. I always wondered who signed up for that ;) happy happy happy birthday Torrie. I wish I was there to help you celebrate! I will be thinking of you all day!

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  2. This is the SWEETEST gift of all! I'm choking up over reading the last line. Happy early birthday, Torrie! I love the list of scams, Ryan. The speaker thing cracks me up because my roommate in college fell for that one and we had 4 HUGE speakers in our apartment (they never came out of the box) for about 6 months. I've definitely fallen for the magazine one. They're still automatically renewing my Glamour magazine every year even though I've tried to change that multiple times.

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  3. Thank you guys (gals)!! Yeah... he's a pretty sweet guy. I got lucky :).

    Valerie- your comment made Ryan so happy, because when I read his post (although I loved it) I told him that the speaker thing's never happened to me. He said it's happened quite a few times when he was younger, and then said, "Maybe it's a guy thing." So, when I read him your comment- he said, "Someone gets it!"

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  4. This is so sweet and funny. I also fell for the 10 CDs one when I was 15. And it is impossible to get out of. I probably STILL owe Columbia House another CD purchase.

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  5. Nice to 'meet you' Ryan! I learned young when I was scammed by ordering those damn sea monkeys (against my parents' advice) and was DEVASTATED when my order arrived and I didn't have my own cute monkey family to care for. :(

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  6. This is so sweet! I hope you have a fantastic birthday Torrie!!! I definately run when anyone approaces me in a parking lot :)....and magazine scams, dont even get me started!

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  7. omg, Ryan this is so fantastic. I had totally forgotten about Columbia house. I always wanted to do that, but my paranoid mom always said no. Wonder why?

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  8. Well what a sweet gift :) Happy Birthday Torrie!

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  9. The gift of time is a most excellent gift! Happy bday T!

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  10. Loved the post... cracked up telling my sister about Columbia House, since she is no stranger to that one!

    Torrie, hope your birthday is special in every way! :)

    Michelle

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  11. Well well well. We finally meet! How much fun it was to see this post from you. I was kinda giddy to hear from torrie's other half! Your wife is one special lady. I am thinking I might need to advisement "show" this to my husband so he might "accidentally" do a blog post for me on my b-day in June! He might be calling you for tips! Lol! Serioulsy though you did a great job. You for sure made torrie proud. Now I must leave because envy us overcoming me bc try as I may I don't my hubbu can write a recipe!

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  12. Ok, I have to say that this is just the sweetest, most unique gift. You have a keeper, Torrie. :) The Columbia House thing made me laugh! Those mailings are one of my main memories of college. I was stupid enough to sign up for that one *and* one from from something like BMG...so I was stressed about sending back *2* crappy CDs a month!

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday tomorrow, Torrie!

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  13. Love this cameo post from Mr. Torrie! And yes, it's called BIRTHWEEK, so rest up. Happy Happy Week, Torrie!!!

    xoxo

    p.s. i totally spaced on wed's listography!

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  14. Like the hubbie blogging, cute! and Happy Birthday!!
    I forgot about the year subscriptions to magazines, I think i fell for that years ago :)

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  15. Happy birthday to Torrie! Love that you posted for her, she's such an incredible woman and you are one lucky guy ;)

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  16. This is awesome! What a great gift and a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my friend Torrie!!!!

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  17. Wow, this is fabulous! I am sending this to my husband toot sweet - he will be so happy that he gets to blog on my b-day. You are a brilliant hubby! (Plus Happy Birthday Torrie!) You must have an endearingly sweet face, I am such a hard old scowly cynic I don't get the free mag offers. Plus we don't answer the phone ever...drives my family in NZ crazy. Sea monkeys...I haven't thought about those little guys in ages!

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  18. well hello ryan!! nice to hear from you!! i totally wanted that cd deal, but my mom wouldn't let me! :( guess she was right...

    and HAPPY BIRTHDAY torrie!!! hope it was fabulous.

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