If money isn’t growing on your trees, why not try one of these ideas?
Consumed with my role as a consumer in the recession I have three experiences to share from today based on three ways people have sought to make money from me today:
1. Someone I suspect was on a distant sub-continent rang up, said his name was Simon, claimed to be working for Microsoft…
I am sure we have all been here with this one. Why do they bother? Am I going to say “Yes, sure, just you let me know where I am going wrong with my computer – and, tell you what – I’ll tell you may bank details over the phone…”?
As you may know I HATE phones and this is one good reason. He rings up and asks to speak to someone who doesn’t and has never lived here – although I suspect she perhaps had our number, historically. The fact that I am not her seems not to bother him and off he goes into the computer scam.
What I object to is that I am made to feel indignant and angry and am tempted to be horrible to someone. I know, they are being fraudulent – but I assume that the caller himself needs the job? I give “Simon” the benefit of the doubt but his employers … *bites tongue* I resent feeling angry when it is so unprovoked 😦
What annoys me is that IT MUST BE WORTH IT or they wouldn’t cold call people this way. This is a real shame for the people that get caught.
2. I passed a “Hurricane Simulator” Booth…
Jaw dropping irony. What is the point of a Hurricane Simulator? Why not just wait a few hours and stand outside? In a way I am impressed with this idea – and am now working on a “nice weather” simulator … and a few others. But Hurricane? Does Glasgow really need something that SIMULATES bad weather????
Again IT MUST BE WORTH IT – and I hope the people that pay the two pounds never see the irony, or they’ll think “What a swizz!”
3. I bought a “Hello Kitty” cake.
OK, they got me. But at least it is legal, and the DIY equivalent is not a saving worth making (today) . The “Hello Kitty” franchising is making someone a mint – and well done to them for generating a dull and easy-to-draw cat, licensing the feline phizzog and sitting back lapping up the proceeds. Nothing fishy here.
So, if you are skint, may I suggest you don’t con people. May I also suggest that you limit the dramatic irony inherent in your products.
Here is the trick: look back at all your childhood doodles, find one with mass market appeal and set up a licensing agreement with EVERYONE IN RETAIL.
It’ll be purrrrrrrfect….