Anyone notice the misleading Arlington Chamber ad that starts with the words “Holiday Cheer On Tap!” The ad promotes free drinks and appetizers at World of Beer in Ballston. But when you click on the ad to sign up for the event, you learn that the free beer and food actually costs $20.
That’s classic. Maybe someone doesn’t know what “complimentary” means. Or, they’ll tell you that you’re actually paying for the privilege of walking in the door, not the beer and snacks!
Maybe they mean the drinks and appetizers will compliment me. “Hey, you are one hunk of man, come over here and eat me!”
Did I miss something? The ad I saw says “Enjoy beer, cider, soft drinks and appetizers (included in the registration cost)” and the registration cost is $20. http://www.arlnow.com/events/holiday-cheer-on-tap/
Either way, $20 bucks for open-ish bar and food ain’t bad at all.
Yes, this is the posting on the “Chamber” website:
“Come celebrate the holiday season with colleagues, friends and neighbors at World of Beer in Ballston. Enjoy complimentary beer, cider, soft drinks, and appetizers while networking with fellow local business leaders.
Pre-register and save!
$20 if you register by noon December 4th.
$25 at the door.”
So, it says “complimentary beer, wine …” then it says you have to pay $20 or $25 to register.
Hurley, I’m referring to the graphic ad that occassionally appears on the right side of the screen on ARLnow’s website (along side the articles). I just saw the ad again and it still reads complimentary drinks and appetizers. The event sounds like fun and $20 may not be a bad deal for drinks and apps. It just rubs me the wrong way when ads are written to mislead people into thinking they can get something for free when that isn’t true.
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