Gimmicks

The advertisement says, “With Kohl’s Cash, it’s like getting paid to shop!  Earn $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent.”  Kohl’s is always running a sale, because they want shoppers to buy things and the more shoppers they get, the more profit they make and this is how Capitalism works, as this economic system is dominated by self-expanding wealth.  My point is that if you have to spend your own money, then it is not the same thing as getting paid and if you took a course in Economics it is easy to know that there is a difference between spending and earning.  This branch of social science focuses on the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.

I went to Kohl’s last night to buy myself a pair of slippers and I had planned on using my Kohl’s Cash to pay for the slippers, but when I went to the check out, I was told that my Kohl’s cash had already expired.  It took me a month of waiting time after a $250 purchase that I made to get my $50 Kohl’s Cash, but I did not know that this Kohl’s Cash would expire a month later.  It can only be used after the redemption period has opened up and before the redemption period closes, so you can only use it in a narrow window.  Apparently, they only want to reward those repeat customers who will shop there all the time, so I had to pay $16 for my slippers, which was not that bad of a deal, as they were on sale.  I enjoy shopping at Kohl’s, because it is close to where I live and the store is always very clean.  It can look messy at times with people knocking stuff off the shelves and leaving it there, but their floors are always sparkling clean.

Anyway, I got outside last night and I got to see all the Christmas lights around the neighborhood on display, and some were really beautiful.  It brought back memories of when I went with my nephew and his family to see the Christmas Light Show in Clemons, NC called the Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights, which has more than a million twinkling lights located around a golf course that you drive through over four miles of country road.  Some of the interactive displays play festive music that you can enjoy.  This is the largest holiday light display in the entire Southeast and it is a great way to spend time with your family over the Christmas holiday season.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver #254 hosted by Michael – Christmas story.

6 thoughts on “Gimmicks

  1. Those rewards schemes can be tricky, you have to read the fine print. sadly your video was not available to me down under the earth. There are places around where I live with amazing Christmas light shows though a golf course amount far exceeds anything I have seen.
    Thanks for your thoughts Jim, best wishes for the Christmas period and into 2020.

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  2. We went through a few of those light shows…one you walk through for a while and one you drive through. They would give hot chocolate on the one you walked…it was really cool.

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  3. I would love to drive through 4 miles of holiday lights, then drink hot cocoa and toast marshmallows. Must have been really neat to get a chance to see it. As to Kohls they jack the prices up on the tags so high then put a sale on it to make it seem like it’s a deal. The one near here never has many checkout clerks so there are long lines. The last time I went to mine I walked out as each customer in the snaking line took forever with all of the coupons, card processing, etc. Not worth my time…

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