Tea Time With Jesse

Six of One, Half Dozen the Other

No Purchase Necessary

Posted by middlerage on February 22, 2013

…Listening to the radio. There’s a contest. As mandated, there is no purchase necessary. Under my Coke cap is a contest entry, and by law they mention no purchase is necessary. Even the membership drives at the public radio station – when they give away a free trip to Italy – have to mention that no contribution is necessary to enter.

Now, I’m glad that some legislature, some time (I don’t know the history of this), thought to protect me from the evils of corporate contests, but in the grand scheme of things…

As I think about predatory lending, and tragic foreclosure stories; boiler plate fine print that forces arbitration; never ending cell phone contracts (or satellite TV contracts); energy manipulation; and un-prosecuted Wall Street titans I wonder why we are so lovingly protected from bad contests???

The new executive branch entity (is it a cabinet?) for consumer protection still doesn’t have a director.

Frankly, I don’t care if I have to make a purchase to enter a contest. Seems small potatoes. Am I wrong, dear readers? Tell me if I am, or at least tell me if you know more of the history. It’s not that I mind being protected from bad contests, it’s just the contrast between how well I am protected and how well corporations toe the line in this instance, and how poorly I am in other instances.

You don’t even have to complain about corporations not offering “no purchase necessary.” They just do it. (And who would you complain to?) Yet mortgage companies regularly foreclose on soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and that is against the law (The Law!).

And don’t get me started on the credit card rate reduction company who keeps calling me despite the fact I am on the Do Not Call list.

Maybe I need to be more clear, and say, “I don’t want to do away with contest predictions, but why can’t we do over here what we are doing over there?!”

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2 Responses to “No Purchase Necessary”

  1. fatman said

    Ibelieve if a purchase is required it is considered gambling, and non profit raffles have to say it is a contribution to be legal

    • Dahveed said

      Ah, that explains all: If it’s gambling or a non-profit, very different tax rules apply. The government is willing to go to extraordinary lengths to protect citizens from corporations in instances where it directly affects government revenues. So the object of protection isn’t really the citizens…

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