Companies often attempt to generate product buzz by creating contests in which customers can win a 'lifetime supply of their product.'
Yet, when you stop to think about it, this relatively common promotion is a somewhat bizarre and arbitrary practice.
For example, what exactly is a 'lifetime supply' of any one thing, anyway? And whose lifespan are we even talking about here, 'cause last time I checked, the lifespans of humans tend to vary quite greatly.
Not to mention, people generally tend to view having "a lot of something" as a good thing. But even when having a lot of something is a good thing, eventually 'a lot' can become 'too much,' and too much of a good thing is essentially the same as a boatload of crap.
Ultimately, there are a lot of factors that play into whether or not a lifetime supply of something is going to end up being a prized possession or a pain-in-the-butt.These 19 people won a lifetime supply of 'something,' and their stories reveal that this peculiar promotional practice is, all in all, quite the mixed bag...
This 'lifetime supply' prize is seriously cool beans.I won a lifetime supply of coffee beans in a contest. Each month they mail 4 lbs. of excellent quality coffee beans of my choice. Sometimes I give them away as gifts as I can't use them all. -Back2Bach I feel like she might as well have just literally rubbed our faces in her excellent quality coffee beans, smiled, and then walked away. But can we really blame her? What an amazing luxury to never have to worry about running out of coffee (which is the worst, by the way) and to always have a gift on hand when you need one. Man! Who are these mystery bean mailers and when is their next contest?
Is it even physically possible to hit puberty while being hand-delivered big boxes of Crayola crayons twice a year?When I was a kid, Crayola was running a create a new color contest. If you won, your color went in one of their big boxes of crayons, and you got a lifetime supply of crayons when they retire colors and make new ones. I made Swamp Green and won. They send me a new big box of crayons 1-2 times a year and have been doing it for 20+ years. -Jobiwankenobi85 There's just no way that this constant incursion of crayons didn't turn this guy into a real-life version of Tom Hanks in Big. Sure, he looks like a fully-grown adult, but underneath the baggy suit, a Crayola-crazed 12-year-old boy is waiting for the mailman to deliver his next fix.
Now, this granny had affordable healthcare!Back in the 60's, my grandmother (who was rich then) had purchased a health insurance policy with no deductible or co-pay for $116/mo. The premium was for a lifetime, and would never go up. And it was absolutely carte blanche. Pay for nothing, ever. Over the years, that insurance company would be bought and sold, and there was always some scam they would try to get her to 'upgrade' or change policies. Some would even try to bully her. She had a lawyer (whom she outlived) that said, no matter what, don't do anything. Any company that buys them out has to honor your policy. It is for a lifetime. Just don't miss a payment. She out-lived a number of insurance companies (and her money). She lived until age 90 and had excellent health insurance until the day she died of old age. -islander238 Sounds like granny was straight up a stone cold soldier when it came to her pocketbook. If she can outsmart attornies and outlive insurance companies, just imagine what she'd do to someone who tried to swipe her handbag.
This expiration date error is bound to keep this winner entertained for the next century... if he doesn't blow it.About 4 years ago, I won a cinema premier card, which entitled me to two free movies a week for the duration of a year. The cinema chain dragged their feet when it came to delivering the prize, but I persisted and eventually received the card a few months later. Turns out the card has lasted for longer than a year, still currently in use and set to expire in 2116. -Jakes1WP Shouldn't he maybe keep this potential expiration date typo (2116 as opposed to 2016) on the down-low, if he wants to keep things as they currently are and how they'll remain for the next one hundred years, that is if he can manage to keep his big mouth shut?
Superbowl or Sue.
Around the year 2000, Pepsi was having a competition. If you looked under the caps and found 2 seats together (example: seat 1 row 1, seat 2 row 1), you would get tickets to the Super Bowl.
The problem is that Pepsi put all of the seats together in the same shipment accidentally. My brother and his friend got seats together and sent them in. Pepsi wrote back and said they couldn’t honor it.
They threatened to sue and eventually, Pepsi sent a check for $5000. My brother got half and after taxes got around $1400. He helped me buy my first car.-tipdastrip