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Persuasive Advertising

I generally say I am not swayed by advertising. I am not the first to rush out and try something new; often I am the last. For example I do have a cordless phone, but I still have the one with a cord that was my only phone long past the time everyone else switched. That one still works when the power goes out.

But the Weight Watchers ad that promised my money back if I was successful at losing ten pounds in two months caught me. I signed up after seeding that ad a few times.

I have tried My Fitness Pal which is free, and never stuck to it for more than a couple of days. But this deal, I have now stuck to for a full month and I have lost 4 pounds. I wish it was 5 so I would be on track for the 10 in two months; but those were 4 hard pounds to lose.

I can't fathom why I have stuck to this plan when I haven't managed to stick to any other. Is it the risk of not getting back that $22 per month? Is that my incentive? I really don't know. But, I am sticking to it; I let the second month be billed to my credit card.

I am determined to use less of my extra points and ramp up the exercise and lose those 6 pounds this second month. Then I will weigh five pounds less than I have for 20 years! I will feel like I have met a great goal when I achieve that!

Now, if you decide to join for that deal. Read the fine print; it says you have to be a paid up member to claim that 2 month refund. So, if I understand correctly I better claim it before the second month is up, or I will have to join for a third month to get the 2 month refund.

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paigea wrote on October 11, 2015, 8:49 AM

that is the cost of membership, so you would just continue to be a regular member as long as you kept paying. I am assuming I couldn't keep signing up for the refund deal. That would be great though!

crowntower wrote on October 11, 2015, 9:05 AM

That's why I don't really buy things with promises, it is better to take the risk than hope for the promises of any companies. It happens to me when I bought my sister's first cellphone, they promise me to replace the phone in a week if something is malfunctioning so I got back there the next day because it is not sending any messages, but unfortunately they run out of stock, and after a few days they don't want to replace it but want me to go to service center for a repair. I really want to slap those staff on their faces, not only they don't replace the cp that I bought but also they were rude and sarcastic. Even though the phone is cheap they don't need to be rude at me that way. Evil Ill workers!!

Kasman wrote on October 11, 2015, 9:13 AM

Advertisers really know how to push our buttons! The number of times I've been tempted to buy something on the strength of an advert alone is embarrassing to think about.

paigea wrote on October 11, 2015, 9:14 AM

That is unfortunate about the phone; things should work when we buy them.
I am losing weight following the Weight Watchers plan so I feel I am getting my money's worth, that's why I went ahead and paid for the second month.

paigea wrote on October 11, 2015, 9:24 AM

this one spoke to me. The ladies looked so happy about losing 10 pounds and 10 pounds sounds doable, yet will make a difference to how I feel as well. I bought it!

Paulie wrote on October 12, 2015, 2:51 AM

Good luck with your weight watching. Have you been watching your diet and eating less and exercising more?

BarbRad wrote on October 12, 2015, 3:47 AM

It seems there's always a catch to these great deals. I hope you reach your goal and get your money back.

paigea wrote on October 12, 2015, 9:44 PM

Eating less, yes. Exercising more - not doing so well at that. I plan to; or I won't make my goal.

paigea wrote on October 12, 2015, 9:45 PM

I did see that catch before I completed the sign up; and so far it has been a good decision even if I don't get my money back. I needed this. But 4 pounds down, 6 to go and I intend to make my goal.

Paulie wrote on October 12, 2015, 11:05 PM

Good luck with the exercising and you will see the difference if you do a lot of walking or riding a bike each day.

Feisty56 wrote on October 13, 2015, 3:38 PM

Congratulations on the four-pound loss thus far and for sticking with a plan that is healthy and encourages well-rounded, nutritious eating habits. I wish you the best of success in losing those additional six pounds. : )

paigea wrote on October 13, 2015, 7:12 PM

I can't believe how had it is at my age to lose a few pounds!

Feisty56 wrote on October 13, 2015, 7:49 PM

I'm right there with you!

ViperGirl85 wrote on October 15, 2015, 9:00 PM

I always research something before buying/joining it, just to make sure it's something that would be good for me.

paigea wrote on October 15, 2015, 9:13 PM

Weight Watchers is definitely a good product.

VinceSummers wrote on October 15, 2015, 10:31 PM

Duct tape and rope. It never fails. Anything short of that has proven temporary for me. It's not merely a lack of self-control with me, but it does enter into it.

africanpen wrote on October 16, 2015, 2:00 AM

AI think you are still being persuaded however, if it is weight you want to reduce, go for this offer.

MegL wrote on October 17, 2015, 3:13 AM

That is a deal that you WANTED. Ads always catch us for things we WANT. I am not an early adopter either, I wait until the technology has been proved. Congratulations on losing 4 pounds. That's a gain in the right direction! emoticon :grin:

paigea wrote on October 19, 2015, 2:43 PM

Oh, yes I got persuaded this time for sure in spite of the fact that I think I am not easily persuaded by ads.

paigea wrote on October 19, 2015, 2:44 PM

Yes, I did want the deal as I know WW is a good product; just expensive. I can say I have lost 5 pounds now, but at this rate I will not be getting my money back!

shaggin83 wrote on October 20, 2015, 8:57 PM

Yeah you have to really read the fine print when it comes to signing up for things especially if you are hoping to get any money back. I have known a lot of people who lost a lot of weight on weight watchers.

paigea wrote on October 26, 2015, 1:08 PM

I agree. I absolutely read the fine print and decided to sign up anyway. I am doing great, but not on track to get my money back.