Editor: Yesterday I had something take place at the Confederation Court Mall that you see on the show Marketplace. What happened was well after leaving the Queen Street Shoppers Drug Mart that’s also adjacent to the mall, I went to the food court and read my paper. While reading I came across a full page Shoppers ad saying for today (October 26 only) you’ll get 20 X optimum points if you spend $50 or more dollars. Everything in the store was included.
Then it hit me that I spent $50.01 and was not once asked if I had an optimum points card. So I ripped out the full-page ad and went to Shoppers. I got lucky, as the guy behind the back door cash was someone who was a store authority figure. So I showed him the ad and my slip that says total purchase $50.01.
Then I mentioned my card not being swiped, let alone not asked if I even had one. He sounded shocked and said, “Oh really, well let’s see why this happened. “
Well, get a load of this. Not once did he look at the ad, showing me stuff like fine print or a missed sentence. He used it to lean on instead.
His verdict was that I technically only spent $44 and change. My $50 total came as a result of taxes. The ad would’ve only applied to me if my $50 were before taxes which it wasn’t. My before taxes amount spent was only $44 and change. Sorry.
What a misleading ad. Nowhere in that ad does it say spend $50 or more before taxes. The ad reads in bold white letters ‘Get 20 X your Optimum Points if you spend $50 or more. Everything in the store is included.’
This blew me away so to all other shoppers out there, beware of misleading ads like this because I’m pretty sure they are not the only store doing this in their ads.