“I just rolled my eyes so hard, I saw my brain.” – Unknown
Before you start in on me, I know I’ve been absent from these pages for quite some time. And you, as devoted followers and readers, deserve a full explanation.
I’ve been busy!
Moving right along, I’d like to address my fellow AARP members and their well-meaning children and or grandchildren. (And yes, I am a card-carrying AARP member, as is Mrs. Lawrence, although she’s in denial.)
As you may, or may not know, members receive a glossy, magazine type bulletin every two months. It’s jam-packed with useful information concerning health, finances, retirement, fighting impotence, and anything else of possible interest to seniors. And, like every other publication, it contains advertisements. Lots of advertisements. Because apparently, after reading their articles on financial planning, saving money on pharmaceuticals, and employment opportunities for the over 55 crowd, we should have money left over to buy things. Which leads me to their current issue, January-February 2016, Volume 57, No.1. This particular issue is emblazoned with the headline “NEW SCAMS TO AVOID-Rip-Offs That Target Your Hard-Earned Money”, and there are some spot-on suggestions and recommendations contained therein. But…….
The issue contains advertisements for two separate computer systems, both apparently targeting seniors without enough tech knowledge to operate a toaster. Honestly, the ads are cringeworthy condescending and that’s not even the biggest gripe I have. Let’s examine.
Ad #1: MyGait Computer System – (Senior Friendly and Just Takes Minutes to Master!)
It’s a full-page ad, so I’ll highlight:
- Just plug it in and GO!
- Easy to use, no software to buy!
- Large(?) 20″ monitor with stereo speakers.
- Easy grip and point mouse.
- Oversized color-coded keyboard.
- Free printer included!
- Call 1-800-820-3758 for more information!
Here’s what the ad doesn’t tell you:
- MyGait runs Windows 8. Anyone who has ever purchased a Windows based PC knows they’re never “just plug in and go”.
- System specs aren’t totally shabby: 500 GB HD and 4 GB RAM (memory).
- Oh, and only $999.00! Yes, you read that right, $999.00.
Ad #2: WOW Computer– (Easy to Read, Easy to See, Just Plug It In!)
Also a full page ad.
- Advanced audio, easier to hear!
- Never have to buy any additional software.
- 22″ screen, easier to see!
- Send and receive emails!
- Play games on-line…hundreds to choose from!
- It’s so easy, you won’t have to ask your children or grandchildren for help!
- 1-877-696-5508. Call now and a patient, knowledgeable product expert will help you.
But, upon further review:
- 500 GB HD and a pathetic 2 GB RAM (memory).
- Operating system is Linux, which is somewhat more trouble free than Windows, but not quite just plug it in and go.
- How much you ask? A mere $1,299.00.
$999.00 and $1,299.00 respectively. Honestly, these two products constitute bigger scams on seniors than anything addressed in the actual articles.
Yes, I understand all too well the issues some seniors have with technology. But preying on that lack of ability, with bullshit headlines, and then whacking them with exorbitant prices is almost criminal.
Don’t want the hassles of learning a Windows machine? Fine, I don’t blame you. But you have options. Lower cost options.
Google Chome Books or Desktop Systems are excellent, easy to use, affordable systems. (Find Here).
You’ll save hundreds of dollars and if you’re having an issue, slip the neighbor kid $50.00 and he or she will hook you up and help you out.
You’ll still come out ahead enough to afford the Cialis prescription and the cost of putting two bathtubs in your yard.