This morning, I received this offer of €10 for simply purchasing something electronic from French supermarket chain Carrefour’s online shop. This is perfect timing, since I spent some time yesterday researching the price of a dictaphone I need to buy. Bargain, right? Not really, and here’s why.
I found the dictaphone on Amazon for €50.84. At Carrefour’s online shop it was €52. Okay, so the discount would drop to €8.84 – still better than nothing, right? Not really, and here’s why.
Amazon in France offer free delivery. Carrefour charge €7.99 for delivery in 2-4 days, or more if I want it sooner. Presuming I can wait a few days (more like a week with French postal services to here), the difference is now down to 85c . Bargain, right? Not really. Apart from obviously not being a bargain, here’s another reason why.
My spare 85c would have to be spent at Carrefour in the next few months. So any savings I make, I have to give back to Carrefour. Not a bargain at all, right? Right. And here’s another reason why.
I’d have to spend a minimum of €100 to even get my 85c voucher to spend in Carrefour in a limited time. So, if I spend a further €48, I’d get my 85c voucher, but if I take that 85c off, I’ve only have to spend a further €47.15 for the privilege of shopping online at Carrefour.