Free shipping on WHAT, exactly?

Cidu Bill on Oct 9th 2017

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16 Responses to “Free shipping on WHAT, exactly?”

  1. Dave Van Domelen Oct 9th 2017 at 07:22 am 1

    Free shipping on the catalog, as in they’ll pay the return shipping.

  2. Jeff Lichtman Oct 9th 2017 at 02:21 pm 2

    What’s the joke here? Is it that the people at Victoria’s Secret realize they made a mistake sending their catalog to such a homely woman, and they want it back before she orders something? Do they think Guns & Ammo is a better match for her status in life? If so, doesn’t this comic seem a bit mean?

  3. r2t Oct 9th 2017 at 03:29 pm 3

    @Jeff that would be my guess and I`d agree its a bit mean

  4. James Pollock Oct 9th 2017 at 03:30 pm 4

    “What’s the joke here? Is it that the people at Victoria’s Secret realize they made a mistake sending their catalog to such a homely woman”

    Yes. Although the critical adjective is probably “unshapely” rather than “homely”. VS spends rather a substantial amount of money hiring people who look good in their underwear to stand around or walk around in VS-brand underwear. That marketing is done to suggest that if you, random customer, were to buy VS-branded underwear, you too would look as good as these professional underwear models. That marketing effort would be undone, however, if someone were to see that putting branded underwear on a non-professional-model body does not transform the non-professional-model body into a professional-model one.

    Then again, beer is marketed by telling people how cool they are when they drink the right beer, and anyone who’s been a spectator of a major sporting event knows that this just isn’t true.

  5. Mary Ellen Oct 9th 2017 at 03:36 pm 5

    Yeah, it’s a fairly nasty “joke.” She old and fat and ugly, see, so Victoria’s Secret doesn’t want her even looking at their catalog, much less buying from it.

  6. chakolate Oct 9th 2017 at 03:46 pm 6

    But… Isn’t the fact that she got a VS catalog and might buy something exactly what they want? Don’t they want ordinary women with ordinary shapes to think that their lingerie will make them shapely?

    Sorry. For a minute there I expected a comic to make real-world sense, which is certainly not a requirement, is it?

  7. B.A. Oct 9th 2017 at 04:03 pm 7

    I’ve never heard “free shipping” to mean “we’ll pay postage for you to return something”. And why would they need the catalog physically returned? And how did she get the catalog in the first place?

    And there’s more where those came from!

  8. James Pollock Oct 9th 2017 at 06:08 pm 8

    “I’ve never heard ‘free shipping’ to mean ‘we’ll pay postage for you to return something’.”

    True, the exact quote would be expected to be more specific, as in “free shipping on returns” or “free return shipping”. But “free shipping” doesn’t exclude return shipping.

    “why would they need the catalog physically returned?”
    To make sure they don’t forget the deal, and accidentally order something, and VS doesn’t ALSO forget the deal, and accidentally fulfill the order.
    Also, their marketing could be damaged just by people associating her with their products, as might happen if she were to be seen perusing the catalog.

    “how did she get the catalog in the first place?”
    They mailed it to her. They have a variety of marketing intakes that cause them to send out catalogs to likely customers, any of which might be accidentally overbroad in their scope. I went into a store and bought a gift card one holiday season, and I started getting catalogs shortly thereafter. I didn’t mind this, but I also wasn’t placing any orders. My primary offspring unit, who as it turns out is herself a gyno-American, made several incorrect assumptions about me as a result. When she moved out to go to college, and put in a change-of-address form with the post office, the catalogs stopped coming. I don’t know if the post office was redirecting them, or if the company’s marketing plan said “stop sending catalogs when a change-of-address is filed for an address on our mailing list” (as a way of detecting impending divorces, perhaps.)

  9. Folly Oct 9th 2017 at 06:47 pm 9

    My evil theory, the husband is pretending to read all that because he wants the catalog sent back. Also, possibly he wants the subscription to guns and ammo and is throwing in the $25 to make her take the deal.

  10. James Schend Oct 9th 2017 at 08:15 pm 10

    A lot of young men used to subscribe to the Victoria’s Secret catalog, not because they were actually interested in buying underwear, but because they wanted to see all the models wearing the underwear. (Dated, because that was like a mid-90s thing, but.)

    The joke is that the Victoria’s Secret advertisers figured out what the *real* demographic reading the catalog is, and started including offers designed for them, instead of the women you’d expect to be looking at it.

  11. Meryl A Oct 10th 2017 at 02:48 am 11

    Items being sold on TV often say that they have free shipping. Then they say they will ship a second one for the same price and free shipping - plus an additional fee. Our question is what is the additional fee for if the shipping is free?

  12. Olivier Oct 10th 2017 at 03:51 am 12

    Maybe her name is Calamity Jane ?
    Maybe the free shipping is on the Gun&Ammo catalog (”Gun&Ammo: a division of Victoria’s Secret Ltd” :) )

  13. Kilby Oct 10th 2017 at 04:49 am 13

    I cannot tell what the original date was because of the low resolution copy, but I assume that it originally appeared before Las Vegas. Seeing it here just afterwards turned the whole thing rather sour.

  14. Brian in STL Oct 11th 2017 at 04:22 pm 14

    “Items being sold on TV often say that they have free shipping. Then they say they will ship a second one for the same price and free shipping - plus an additional fee. Our question is what is the additional fee for if the shipping is free?”

    Handling.

  15. Meryl A Oct 17th 2017 at 03:17 am 15

    Brian in STL and when they say free shipping and handling and and an extra fee?

  16. James Pollock Oct 17th 2017 at 04:28 am 16

    It turns out that what they say in TV advertisements bears the same relationship to reality as everything else that you see and hear on TV.
    It can happen that what you see is both real and true… but that isn’t the way to bet.
    When I was a kid, the “live” football on Monday Night Football was being shown an hour after it happened, so the game would be on during primetime and they didn’t “waste” the first hour, as people weren’t home from work yet. (In the Pacific Time Zone, MNF kickoffs were at about 5:05 to 5:10 PM, but our local station didn’t start airing the game until 6.)

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