Sometimes saving a few bucks isn’t worth the effort

The flyer with a membership deal for movie tickets

The flyer with a membership deal for movie tickets

Today I saw a flyer  headed “How do I get $9.90 tickets and a ticket for free?”.

Wow, that looks good, I thought. Particularly because I really want to see The Life of Pi in 3D.

Then I checked the fine print. First you have to buy membership for $5. Mind you that is 50 per cent off, but it’s still a cost.

Then you get a free movie ticket and until 24 March you get movies for $9.90. Unless you want to watch a 3D movie. Then there is an “upgrade fee” of $3 plus $1 for each pair of glasses.

That’s still cheaper than the price of 3D movie tickets ($24.50 including glasses), but there’s one more catch. Presumably you need to print off the membership form to take in with you once you’ve paid $5.

I’m up on the Central Coast today with my parents and the only printer we have is packed up in storage. Then I’ve have to download the drivers. And I’m not even sure we have paper to print on up here.

The other issue is, if I bought membership, I’m so rarely on the Central Coast, I wouldn’t get value out of it.

It still taunting me, I’m trying to work out how I can use this voucher. In the end though, it’s probably just not worth the effort to save a few dollars.

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Filed under Bargain, Budget, Saving money

2 responses to “Sometimes saving a few bucks isn’t worth the effort

  1. This sounds like a bit of a rip off deal, it uses pretty pictures and makes the discount seem amazing by putting it in bold, but as usual the fine print tells the real story.
    I like the idea of the Village Cinemas Movie Club. It is free to join, plus you obtain benefits over the life of your movie viewing, such as a free ticket when you see 5 movies. At least with this membership you can take it with you nationally.
    https://secure.villagecinemas.com.au//Member/newMember.asp

    I can totally relate to getting such brochures in my post and getting lured by the offer of a discount deal.

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