Whenever I see a “2-for-1” offer, I immediately pause and become suspicious.

There are times when the reason behind a “2-for-1” deal is exceptionally bad …

  1. The product is seriously overpriced, making half the cost closer to the value of the product. “We admit … we are normally overcharging you, sucker!”
  2. The product is, although cheap, incredibly undesirable. “You do not want to buy one? How about two?!”
  3. The product happens to be a food item … and it expired two days ago. “How about food poisoning? It is a 2-for-1 deal!”
  4. You found the item on woot.com.

Then again, there are always worse options to be presented with, like “cake or death?”

“If you had to permanently replace both hands with either ladles or slotted spoons, which would you choose?”

Ever encountered a particularly bad or awkward “2-for-1” deal?


“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.”
Mel Brooks (1926–)

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