I bet you’re wondering what “B” will be for todays A to Z challenge. Since my Mom hasn’t seen yesterdays post yet I think it’s safe to continue using her as an example. Mom likes to look through catalogs and pick things out that would be nice for the house or the yard. She worries though about a possible “Bait-the-switch.”
I know and you know she means bait and switch. That is when a company or person attempting to sell something advertises an item at a low-cost but doesn’t actually have it, instead they push to get you to buy something more costly. I’m not certain what a Bait-the-switch could be… but it sounds painful, at least in that it seems similar to a well executed bait and switch.
I have an image of some nefarious little creature sneaking around at night and removing the cover from the light switch so the electrical wires are exposed and then sticking candy on it so I will be tempted to grab it. Then since I can’t help myself but reach for the candy, this would happen.
I tell all this to my Mom and she laughs at me saying that I’m silly… me? Silly, I think not. Then when I ask my mom what a Bait-the-switch is she tells me what it is supposed to mean. It isn’t that she doesn’t know she just says it wrong. I’m used to it now though. it’s like I have a Universal Translator running all the time.
While looking for interesting pictures about bait and switch I came across one that is not strictly correct but is close enough and it made me laugh. We all know what a bait and switch is but this picture seemed to show it in simple terms. Your offered one thing… To kick a football, and get something else, falling on your head.
- David Friedman Explains Bait and Switch Regulation (pubcit.typepad.com)
- Bait and switch, fake ads and everyone says they’re a fbsm or nuru expert… haha what a hyped up joke. (pamelabalian.me)