Friday, February 8, 2013


It was totally unexpected.  I consider myself pretty retail savvy.  By the time you get to be my age you've had so much in the way of life experience you think you know the score.  You fancy yourself as someone who can spot a fake a mile away and you certainly figure you know who you can trust, what merchants are honest and definitely which products are on the up and up.  Well, I found out the hard way that I wasn't above being bamboozled.

by Patty Lynn

While shopping at a local store,
A 'big-box' store renowned,
I stopped to hear about a DEAL.
My jaw dropped to the ground!

The demonstrator told a tale
Of knives that were spectacular.
"No need to sharpen, guaranteed,
The bomb, in the vernacular.

"Besides," the guy went on to say,
"The cutting board is free.
A cheese knife, too, it's just for you,
At a price you won't believe!"

"These lifetime knives should really be
Two hundred fifty bucks.
They come inside this wooden box.
They truly are deluxe."

I fell for it, I really did,
Hook, line and sinker, too.
I didn't buy a single set.
I said, "Why, I'll take two!"

"I'll buy one for a special gift.
My daughter needs a set.
They'll make a perfect Christmas gift.
One down, a few to get."

I left there feeling confident
My Christmas shopping started.
How could I know that this would lead
To feeling broken-hearted?

Now, I confess I never used
The knives until morning.
I grabbed one from my new knife block.
(I wish I had fair warning.)

Put knife to fruit, to my surprise
It wouldn't all!
My fancy knife set was a bust.
All I could do was bawl.

Yes, I was duped, smart little me
Was fooled, completely fooled,
Succumbed to flowery promises.
In this life-lesson schooled.

My story could have ended there,
That I was out of luck,
But I persisted, saw it through,
I couldn't handle, stuck.

Thank goodness that the 'big-box' store
Came through and stood behind
Both product and it's customer,
My happiness in mind.

Returned both sets of knives today.
They issued me a credit.
I had been duped but persevered
And did it pay...You said it!

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