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664th Friday Blog Roundup

You get to hear my annoyance because the store in this story requires you to create an account in order to leave them a message online.  And I’m not creating an account.


I received an email from a bookstore telling me that best selling hardcovers were 30% off.  Click “see all” to see the list of books.  I think I will.

So I clicked “see all” and saw that — WHAT? — John Green’s new book was on the list and was 30% off.*

Awesome.  I’ll just run over to the bookstore and buy John Green’s new book.

So I go into the bookstore and pick up the book.  I take it to the counter to pay.  The cashier charges me the full amount.  No, I tell her, look at this email on this handy little smartphone I have in my pocket.  This is YOUR email stating that the book is 30% off.  She could see it, but she wouldn’t honour it because it was not coming up that way in her machine.

So I left the store without the new John Green book because there are other bookstores in town and while the errand was now a waste of my time and energy, there was the principle of the situation.  I’m not going to reward a store for falsely advertising a product.

I looked on my phone and saw a nearby store was selling it at 20% off the cover price.  I walked over to said store and — lo and behold — it was there at 20% off, just as they stated.  So I bought the book.  Errand redeemed.

What is the point of all of this?  That John Green has a new book out.  And if stores are going to advertise, they need to honour their advertisements.  And that it’s easier to be cranky about false advertising than everything truly awful happening in the world right now.

* Yes, I just took screenshots of the email and the website because I’m that cranky right now.  I am right.  They are wrong.


It’s Friday the 13th.  I have this compulsive need to type that every time the Roundup falls on the 13th.


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

Searching for Our Silver Lining has a post about the “I’ll nevers” we make when we are in crisis.  As she admits: “I made a lot of statements and promises about how life would be one day when I was no longer in the trenches.”  She recounts a particularly trying day and says, “A big part of it was the guilt I faced as I could literally see the 2012 Cristy, with all the ‘I’ll nevers’ that I swore up and down not to do staring me in the face.”  This post.  That’s all I’ll say: this post.  Read it.

My Path to Mommyhood has a post about the often-used phrase “as a mother.”  But it’s not what you think.  It’s about the one time… maybe ever?… a person has caught themselves and corrected themselves in the moment, realizing their feelings maybe came from something larger than this one role.

Lastly, The Road Less Travelled has a post about buying diapers for her SIL’s niece.  What I thought was most interesting was the different feelings she and her husband experienced in the moment.  You’ll have to click over and read to the end to discover their reactions.

The roundup to the Roundup: Sharing my annoyance.  It’s Friday the 13th.  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between October 6th and 13th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Beth { 10.13.17 at 7:59 am }

I’m glad you left – false advertising makes me crazy and it certainly can’t be rewarded. My husband always rolls his eyes when I take stands like this and tells me I’m not going to change anything. But maybe I will, maybe enough people taking a stand against even the little falsehoods will matter.

For second helpings:

Such a lovely and haunting post about optimism followed by disappointment and how it stays with us. Just beautiful. I’ve been thinking about it non-stop since I read it.

2 Cristy { 10.13.17 at 9:28 am }

That is amazingly annoying. Also a sign of poor business planning. This is where social media would be useful (advertise this false advertisement) as it’s likely the higher-ups are clueless. But I agree with you about being annoyed.

Beth beat me to Katherine’s post. Here’s a few others:
Loribeth’s post about “as a father” really struck home: http://theroadlesstravelledlb.blogspot.com/2017/10/as-father-same-song-second-verse.html

This one from Unpregnant Chicken has had me thinking a lot given that the guest post is from someone who is at the opposite end of the infertility spectrum. But it shows that pain is pain, no matter if infertility hits at the very beginning of somewhere near the end: http://unpregnantchicken.com/2017/10/squawk-box-secondary-losses/

3 Cristy { 10.13.17 at 6:25 pm }
4 Lori Lavender Luz { 10.13.17 at 10:19 am }

Grrrr….I’m super annoyed on your behalf. Both that the clerk didn’t figure out a way to honor the ad, and that the company doesn’t have a way to leave a comment without creating an account. Grrrrrr…

5 a { 10.13.17 at 11:26 am }

Does this retailer not have a Twitter or Facebook page? (Obviously Facebook gives your info, but you don’t have to create a new account.)

6 Sharon { 10.13.17 at 12:41 pm }

Ugh, I would have been annoyed, too.

7 Working mom of 2 { 10.13.17 at 1:38 pm }

In California they have to honor it, even if e.g. they forgot to take the shelf sign down and the sale expired last week. Maybe your state has a similar law?

8 nonsequiturchica { 10.13.17 at 2:24 pm }

I can’t believe that cashier didn’t get the manager and honor the 30% off. How annoying.

I thought this post was so good this week: https://inconceivable12.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/sometimes-you-cant-run-after-them/

9 Suzanna Catherine { 10.13.17 at 3:31 pm }

I hear you loud and clear! Often times it’s not really the money, it’s the principle of it. I

10 Suzanna Catherine { 10.13.17 at 3:33 pm }

I hear you loud and clear! Often times it’s not really the money, it’s the principle of it.

11 Pam Assivero { 10.13.17 at 5:47 pm }

We have a bookstore chain up here that has a huge online presence and they will often have different offers online vs in-store but their emails will say Online Only.

12 Jess { 10.15.17 at 6:13 pm }

Thanks to you and Cristy for including me! That is beyond annoying. I agree that there should be a thing that if it’s advertised, you get the discount. I’m glad you finally got your copy for less though! This is my school’s Young Adult Bookclub pick for early November so I have to wait because a copy is coming to me soon. So very excited.

I forgot to put into the Roundup second helpings last week, but all the ones I was going to do are in there! 🙂 For this week, I was really touched by Inconceivable’s post:

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