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Free Offers

There are continual ads in our mail, on Facebook, the TV and through our emails of free offers.  There is always a catch.  It is NEVER free.  When you see free pans you must pay shipping and handling. Of course, the fee for that is much more than you can imagine. I love the free sample adverts.  If you read them closely you will see that the sample is extremely small and the shipping seems to cover the actual cost of the product.  Don’t misunderstand me.  It is an excellent idea and the companies definitely sell their products. It is just that it is not truly free.  The truth is no one could afford to ship products for free particularly now with such high inflation. When I was younger there were continual ads for art school that appeared to be free but it was not.  Whatever you drew and mailed back to the company, they always said you had real talent.  Then came the free offers with the hook.  I saw an old “Leave it to Beaver” the other day.  The mother had been cleaning out the hall closet and the father went through the box of stuff.  He found a few free offers one of which was offering him a chance for his child to join a band and play the accordion.  The letter said you had five days to try it out and see if you liked it.  They conveniently left out that if you didn’t like it no matter what there was a fee.  I loved the dad’s remark as he tossed it in the trash that they used to receive letters from real people not continual sales pitches.  The mother asked the Beave to empty the trash and he stumbled across the letter. He, of course, loved the idea and sent away for the accordion. It wasn’t long after the musical instrument arrived, that he realized this was not for him.  Not to mention, the dad was not thrilled about this either.  So he packed it up as best he could and went to the Post.  At that time, the fee with insurance was seven dollars plus or seven and one half Euros. He had to come back with more money.  The point was though he believed it was free but it was not.  How often do you see free offers? The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Now available audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now on YouTube! “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at If you are thinking of a Will or a Living Trust, “Misplaced Trust” will give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

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