Empress of the Universe

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Is this Stupid or is it Just Me?

I just ordered tickets for a play. Is this stupid or is it just me? Here's the notice that came just before I hit the "pay for these tickets" button:

A $1.00 Convenience Fee will be added to each ticket in this order. An Internet Order Fee of $1.20 and $0.50 per ticket will be added to this order.

Forgive me, but doesn't that mean that $2.70 per ticket will be added to this order? What exactly is the point of separating the charges? Is it supposed to make me feel like $1.00 plus $1.20 plus $0.50 is less than $2.70? And what exactly is the difference between a "convenience fee" for using the internet and "an internet order fee" and why is the "internet order fee" $1.20 and .50 per ticket? Is it possible that the internet order fee is supposed to mean $1.20 per order and $0.50 per ticket?

What if we did the same thing on our CDs?

Please pay $15.98 for your CD. Please note, an Overhead Service Fee of $1.00 will be added to your order. A Marketing Privilege Fee of $1.20 will be added to your order. Please add $0.50 per disc to cover the cost of our Employee Bonus Program. Please add $3.00 for postage, $1.20 for an envelope and $0.70 for the productivity we lose every time an employee walks an order to the mailbox. If you're ordering 3 CDs or more and the price of gas is less than $0.80 per litre, please add an additional $0.70 to cover the cost of driving your order to the post office. If gas costs more than $0.80 a litre, please add an additional $0.17. Thank you for your business!

(c) 2006 Michelle Henderson
aka Empress of the Universe

1 Comments:

Blogger KT said...

Haha seriously!!

6:24 PM  

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