Monday, December 29, 2008

"Cash Value 1/10th of a Cent"

That’s what used to be in the fine print on the back of a coupon. I just read a post by Jim Donahue at The Velvet Blog. He copied the fine print on a Borders coupon to humorous effect. But it struck me that the cash value part wasn’t a tenth of a cent; rather it was “.01,” a hundredth of a cent.

Cheap bastards.

I tried to Google the meaning of the disclaimer and struck out. Any ideas?

5 comments:

Posolxstvo the First said...

Perhaps this will help...

http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/306273.html

Dave said...

Pos has better Google skills than I do. The link answer makes sense to me.

ThomasLB said...

The Straight Dope answers the question, too: LINK

Jim Donahue said...

Well, that kind of answers it ... but doesn't the following bit, which is always there, kind of negate it?

>>Not redeemable for cash.

Posolxstvo the First said...

Jim, from what I read, there are certain states where that phrase is overridden by the governing laws. Ergo, "not redeemable for cash unless you live somewhere were we can't make it redeemable for cash, in which case it's worth less than a gram of sugar."