Offer We Couldn’t Refuse

21 Oct

Are we bad for this?

My wife and I took up an invitation for a free dinner from our senior friend. The dinner was free, because before the dinner you had to listen in on retirement advice from a company that obviously wanted your business (hence the free dinner they give you).

We couldn’t resist. The dinner offered gourmet food from an upscale restaurant – with salad, rolls, prime rib, dessert and a beverage. Who could pass that up?

Besides, the tickets our friend had said that he could bring up to two friends and there were no restrictions – such as age.

The thing is though, we’re not about to retire anytime soon. And we’re broke. So, the people that put this on – and the rest of the room (full of people that were about to retire) gave us some unique looks as we were the only people in their 30’s attending this seminar and meal. They knew damn well we were there just for the free stuff. But, hey – was it our fault? They didn’t specify anything about the age of the attendees – and we were invited.

So, were we bad for this?

The thing is – we actually LEARNED something from this company. That’s right – retirement advice. What to invest in and other financial decisions we weren’t aware of. So, believe it or not, we actually set up an appointment with this financial service (to their disbelief, I’m sure).

Once again, were we bad for this? At the end of the day, if they get our business – no. However, I have a feeling that taking up offers where obviously we’re not qualified candidates for is a bit – I don’t know – uncalled for?

We did get a gourmet dinner though and had to listen to an hour long seminar. And we learned things. And now, we’re taking them up on a free consultation. Either we are going to eventually give them business, or they seriously lost a few bucks on us.

Also, either way – they never saw us coming.

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4 Responses to “Offer We Couldn’t Refuse”

  1. Dennis Fakes October 21, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    We have taken up similar offers. Please understand this: there is nothing really “free.” What the company wants to do is hook you into using their services. They are not in this to give out nice meals. They intend to make money. Don’t let them guilt you into using their services.

    What you do when you go into a situation like this is act like you are an internet entrepreneur who is considering “retiring.” They’ll never know the difference.

    • Nate Fakes October 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

      Yea, we thought about playing that card!

      We’re not giving out any money to them, but they did have some interesting concepts about investing. If anything – we might have learned a little bit.

  2. bearman October 22, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    It wasn’t free. In exchange for their meal you gave up your time. Same way timeshares work. Even if you have no intention of buying you owe them the 3 hours during your 3 night stay or whatever.

    • Nate Fakes October 22, 2011 at 11:47 am #

      Time – or dinner? Either or it was scrumptious

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