Posted By: Anonymous

FREE - 05/11/06 06:38 PM

What do people understand by this little word?
Posted By: Tillie

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 06:49 PM

pedro2 what are you trying to say.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 06:59 PM

Generally, there's no such thing as...
Posted By: Under Da Water

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 07:02 PM

Except the best things in least that's what ive heard. wink
Posted By: mikeh375

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 07:07 PM

No charge for the product or service. No stipulations unless they're made up front. You want it, it's yours for the asking.
Posted By: Bobber

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 07:24 PM

A wise man once told me, "There are things that are free, and things that you pay for. the things you pay for are generally cheaper."
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 07:38 PM

Bobber, I like the people you hang out with! wink
Posted By: Catatonic Motivator

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 07:39 PM

I can pretty much do what I want, so long as it falls within the law and/or generally accepted social mores. Especially since the data collected on me (like those really confidential phone numbers I dial wink ) can't be assembled by and shared among spooks who might use it to target me for harrassment by jackbooted stormtroopers.

Do I win?
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 07:44 PM

Yeah, well, CatMo, like I said, generally, there's no such thing as...
oh, and those confidential phone numbers, aren't. laugh
Posted By: Bobber

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 07:51 PM

You know how much jackboots cost these days? Wait, that's the shoe department. Law? :p
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 07:54 PM

As Jimmy Choo doesn't have those in my size, I lost interest - sorry! :p backatcha!
Posted By: Bobber

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 07:57 PM

the leather ones are quite a bit more expensive, but then the vinyl won't get you targetted by the enviromentalists. They don't have the impact tho, do they?

Just a conversation overheard. Honest.
Posted By: Bobber

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 07:58 PM

Wait, that wasn't a shoe store, what was I thinking?
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 08:01 PM

same store where you buy your handcuffs? laugh
Posted By: Bobber

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 08:04 PM

Ummmm, Nope?
Posted By: seashell

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 08:20 PM

Pedro2, it depends on the context.

i.e. There's no free lunch; free to be myself; Happy meal comes with a free pop; Smoke free zone; free trade; free gift with purchase; Free at last, Free at last; free like a bird; you are free to walk away from this fabulous offer, however, should you so choose to do so . . .
Posted By: Tim Jeffers

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 08:48 PM

Free Pizza (If Bad Peter likes you)...
Posted By: klcman

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 08:57 PM

Free Rooms at BB ...( If Tim likes you)????? laugh
Posted By: atomicindy

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 09:58 PM

Maybe free dives?
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 10:37 PM

I was thinking of pre-conditions. For example, I could offer free diving to anyone over 40 who dives with both their parents. I'd get a few takers, but my money would be pretty safe. Or, speaking purely hypothetically, I might offer a small pizza free so long as you bought a large pizza at the same time. To my mind neither of these is "free" as each has an onerous pre-condition.
Posted By: deacon+

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 10:56 PM

Pedro2, pre-condition does not matter if what you offer is indeed free. For instance, 1 day dive free if you purchase 2days. Just don't raise the price of the 2 days to cover 3 days. Just my thought.
Posted By: snorkelgirl

Re: FREE - 05/11/06 11:06 PM

Hmmm. I think of free in different terms. Free to be who God designed me to be without oppression from other's expectations, free from fear of the wrath of God;

and free to speak my mind against my government if I think they're wrong about something, free to read whatever I want, free to choose my profession, get the idea.
Posted By: seashell

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 12:35 AM

Pedro2, is Pedro1 attempting to make you buy extra pizza from him?
Posted By: LaraTravelBelize

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 02:55 AM

pedro - as a small business owner (well, till i liquidated it to move to AC), people generally like to feel like they are getting something extra. the high end makeup counters get ya everytime with their "free gift with purchase". Its not ACTUALLY free, but i makes me buy at that time. The consumers perception that they are actually making out better, even if they are not, is often the impetous behind the buy.

think of how many times you bought 2 for 1's on some item...deodorant, chips, whatever. you didnt really need two, frankly you might not have needed one...but it still makes you want to buy cause "no one can pass up a good deal".

Having said all that, i think you need to be careful that you dont shoot yourself in the foot. i think that you are right that it needs to be a fairly onerous offer lest people just wait for the 'special' in order to buy at all. FOr example, there are certain stores in the states that ALWAYS run a NEVER pay "full price" cause you know in a week it will be on sale. The retailer has essentially trained the consumer to be a wee bit patient, and they will save (or at least have the perception of saving).

not sure if this is the opinion you were after, but its the one ya got! smile
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 04:01 AM

Is it just me, or have you all just proved my point, there ain't no such thing as free - someone's paying for it somewhere!
That's true whether we're talking commercial goods and/or services, or political/religious freedom. Nothing is free.
Posted By: Yakivet

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 04:09 AM

I think "free" is a difficult subject when it comes to business. Too much "Free" and the consumer realizes you can't keep providing the service without increasing the "regular" prices. I think at this stage they'd rather do without the "free" and pay a more realistic price for all services involved. Its the perception of "increased value" that will entice action and end up with a sale. Its the belief that you are paying a "fair" price and that a company is willing to throw in a little extra in appreciation for your business. For me its the "package deal" or the "buy 10 get one free" punchcard when I buy my Latte' that carries the most weight. Its the "airline miles" that lured me to use a Bank of America Visa Card. Its the little extra discount at the grocery store for being a "club member".
Posted By: lacysisland

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 04:40 AM

My dog has the best response for free, treats, love and a greatplace to sleep in our bed, as well as a seat at the bar, as my dog drinks free.At our bar,others think he needs/wants it , so its FREE for him, we pay for our beer...Our dog gets free stuff all night long! It's great to be my dog!! Jake Rules!!He's so good tho..
Posted By: reaper

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 04:55 AM

You drink at a bar with your DOG? eek
Posted By: atomicindy

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 05:27 AM

The best thing for you to do is if a person does two dives a day then give him a 10% discount for a set number of days. Other operatorats do this. I was very surprized you did not.
Posted By: lacysisland

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 06:26 AM

Reaper, My lab could show you a great time in any bar, pub or beach!!He loves to drink and mingle with all the people. He loves it!! He bellies up, jumps up on the bar stool and has sad eyes, gets a beer quicker than me!!BOY!!
Posted By: seashell

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 06:58 AM

Oh my God! The truth is out. Lacy is Pedro1.
Posted By: seashell

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 07:00 AM

10%?!? I'm used to getting more than a 10% discount for a block of dives.

That said, a block of dives is 10+, not 2+.
Posted By: Danl & the Boop

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 02:36 PM

laugh There was a sign in a pub that said "FREE BEER TOMORROW" laugh so I went back the next day. confused The sign was still there "FREE BEER TOMORROW" mad
Does that mean nothing is free? or tomorrow never comes? confused laugh

There is nothing like free advise,,, It's usually worth what you pay for it! :rolleyes:
Posted By: RMT

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 04:39 PM

Seashell!! There ya'go slamming a poor defenseless dog with a drinking problem. Geeeze...

Law, right again. NOTHING is free.
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 05:37 PM

Free spirit.

Interesting observation, the immediate thought (and posts) are those of money.

Posted By: seashell

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 06:37 PM

I wasn't slamming any of the dogs involved.
Posted By: seashell

Re: FREE - 05/12/06 06:38 PM

Oh wait, I may have to rephrase.
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