Do you remember S&H Green Stamps? Green stamps were given out at grocery stores, gas stations and retailers all over the country. Green stamps could be redeemed for fabulous prizes. (Not really.) Business owners offered the stamps as an encouragement for folks to continue shopping with them. Double stamp days were big events at many stores.
The Green Stamp Catalog featured pictures of televisions and clock radios, bicycles, go carts, automobiles and all sorts of wonderful prizes. In reality I doubt if anyone ever saved enough stamps to get anything more than an electric razor or flashlight.
Green Stamps weren’t a scam but they built your belief on false hope. Towards the end of the Green Stamp era some churches, communities and neighbors were pooling their stamps in hopes of salvaging something. Even still Greens Stamps went the way of Raleigh Cigarette coupons.
The modern version of Green Stamps are roll over minutes offered by the cell phone companies.
Our office uses iPhones with service through AT&T. Jay takes care of our accounting but he showed me the most recent bill with 16,000 roll over minutes. “Doesn’t 16,000 seem like a lot of roll over minutes?” he asked me. “I wonder if we can use these minutes to pay for our current bill?”
Jay calls AT&T and learns we have accrued the roll over minutes because we don’t use all the minutes we are paying for. We paid for them. We just didn’t use them. Jay asks if we can apply the minutes towards the current or future bills. They reply, “No.”
Jay retorts, “We paid for them but we can’t use them? How about if we reduce our plan and then use them to make up any difference if we go over?”
They reply, “No. You can’t carry minutes forward to a new plan.”
Jay tells them, “It seems like they are your roll over minutes not our roll over minutes.”
Jay has always been clever with words but the folks at AT&T were unmoved.
Roll over minutes that you can’t use are worse than Green Stamps that you can’t redeem. Fortunately there is no limit to using 2 way radios. There are no minutes or roll over minutes. Let us help you find the best 2 way radios for your application. Doing business with 2 Way Radio Express is easy.
Manzie R Lawfer