Monday, April 5, 2010

Sweetening the pot, so to speak....

I laughed out loud when I opened the cable bill that arrived on Saturday. The revised bill showed a credit balance.

Today was even more amusing when my refund check arrived. I imagine it cost more to process than it's face value.

But wait, there's more! Tonight my doorbell rang with a cable salesperson who had my name as recently discontinued, with an offer for a package deal of $80 per month for cable, tv, and phone. (The normal rate for "Extended Basic" cable tv alone is about $65 per month. I was paying about $18 for bare-bones basic.) He was stymied when I told him I no longer own a tv and don't use a land line.

It's not about you, cable. It's me....really.....we're just not going anywhere, y'know?



Wendy said...

I have one better.

We never had a cable box, because we never had all of the bells and whistles - just the basic cable package -, and the coaxial cable plugged right into the television.

A few years ago, we cut our cable to "bare bones" and were paying around $18 per month. Then, I decided to just cut completely, which I did, and we got a refund check, too (a little more than yours ;). The thing is that we didn't unplug the cable from the back of the television, and we continued to get the same bare bones cable. At first we just thought they were taking their time getting to us, but MONTHS later, we still had the same channels - with no bill. It was a little funny until I realized we'd been paying - for TWO YEARS - for the same service we were now getting free.

I, finally, unplugged the cable. It just wasn't working for me ;).

farmlady said...

Gee! Don't spend that check all in one place.

I must say this is very brave of you. We don't watch a lot of TV but we have some favorite shows and I love old movies.
Not sure I could do this but I know I would get more books read and finished..., and I sure wouldn't miss the "News" shows.

Robj98168 said...

That wouldn't even buy a happy meal! We went through the same thing when I gave up dish network- 1 they couldn't believe I was going to live with out my dish! 2- they really wanted me back and where offering all sorts of finanacial incentives 3- all they had to do was improve service and customer service and I would've stayed. Very brave of you not having TV.OF course with a computer you can see all the shows everyone talks about. So maybe not so scary.

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Hi Wendy,
Considering you were being "overcharged" all that time, I hope that brought you to a "break even" point with them. Glad to hear about it.

Hi farmlady,
The regular local news is the only thing I'd like to see. But I'll figure that out.

Hi Rob,
Surprising how great the offers sound. They'd keep their customers if those were the regular prices.
I have only found a few PBS shows that I want to see. And Jaime Oliver's current W Virginia series. I'm looking for the links to Food, Inc and things like that. I'm a technical freshman - still learning :)

Courtney at Scattering Lupines said...

Ha! Love it!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Most television is depressing, except the nature and history channels, PBS, etc.

Good for you,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Hi Courney, Hi Sharon,
Thanks for stopping by! If you ever think that my lack of tv viewing has affected me (like drifting off into wierd, unrelated sentences), please let me know :)