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I almost bought 6 replicas for $48

You know the kind of spam I'm talking about. The site offers you knock-off versions of expensive designer-label products at cheap prices. I normally delete these emails from my spam folder as soon as they arrive.

But a few days ago I hesitated to throw away the piece of spam behind the lj-cut:

Designer Sunglasses - Get 6 Pairs for $48!*

Need a new pair of cool sunglasses. How about 6 new pairs at $8 each!
To get this special offer, you must enter coupon number 6for48 during
checkout. (Offer does not apply to polarized sunglasses.)

Check out these specials on our Most Popular Designer Shades


Compare to Prada

Retail price: $260.00
Sale price: $15.99
6for48 price: $8.00

Save 97% off!



Compare to Dolce & Gabbana

Retail price: $250.00
Sale price: $15.99
6for48 price: $8.00

Save 97% off!



Compare to Gucci

Retail price: $270.00
Sale price: $15.99
6for48 price: $8.00

Save 97% off!



*You must enter coupon number 6for48 during checkout to qualify for this offer.
Offer does NOT apply to POLARIZED sunglasses.

Sun & Style Shades, 427 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60605

Why would I consider such an offer? Because I needed sunglasses. And even though I've never gone in for designer-label glasses, I am particular about the look and feel of my shades. Before I seriously considered the offer, I thought I would check out what was available at the local Sunglass Hut and how much they were charging. So I did and I shit a brick. They really were selling sunglasses for over $200, some over $300! How insane is that?

So I went home, went to the knock-off web site, and started browsing to find 6 pairs of sunglasses for $48. Because I am so very particular, I was having trouble locating glasses I liked, but after some searching I found three pairs that I liked pretty well. As I prepared to start selecting these into my shopping cart, I checked the email once more to verify how the discount worked. And then I noticed that the offer did not extend to polarized lenses. Crap. That was a feature I really wanted, and 2 out of the 3 I had picked so far were polarized. Half-heartedly I clicked the one non-polarized pair into my shopping cart and was surprised to see that I had to select a color for the lens and frame. I figured the color would be what was shown in the picture. And to my dismay, the colors shown in the picture--the colors I wanted--were not available as an option! WTF! So much for this special offer.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 25th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
I know!!! Buying sunglasses is insane and I don't understand the $200+ price tags at all. The last pair of sunglasses I fell in love with cost about $300. I mean, it was Gucci, but still. I can totally sympathize over the hardships of sunglasses purchasing, the prices and styles are just crazy.
Jun. 26th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
You know the kind of spam I'm talking about.

I guess that's why they call it spam. Maybe it would be better called scam. What does spam stand for anyway?

Late one night, in a moment of weakness, I filled in my email address and submitted it in a pop-up window to claim a free laptop. Don't laugh. I really do know better, but I was tired, and I wasn't thinking straight. As soon as I hit the submit button, I realized what I had done and didn't give them any more information. Well, no harm was done, or so I thought, until...

I started to get spam from all over the place. At least it isn't the x-rated spam (some of which was really nasty) or the spam advertising Viagra that I used to get a couple years ago when I had my other email address.

Most of the time now, my spam filter blocks all the pictures so I don't even know what is being advertised. I have learned to curb my curiosity and not even read it. Besides that, spam usually makes me nervous, so I just immediately delete it.

BTW, better luck next time in finding a new pair of shades.
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