Another random post for today. Do you pay enough attention to details in your daily lives? With information overload these days, it is all too easy to overlook things. If something is too good to be true, it probably is.

Read The Fine Print

So. There is this “offer” floating around on Facebook, with a number of shares and likes. The skeptic in me immediately felt that this little offer couldn’t be so straight forward.

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Right-click and opened it in incognito mode. Oh, wow. Pay $1 now and get a $35 Top Up on your transport card. Sounds great. Eh, how come it needs my credit card details? Pay $79.90 cents every quarter?

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BAM. Scroll to the bottom and there it is, Terms of Service. The $1 offer is a 48 hours Trial. To start the Trial we will require you to provide your payment details. At the end of the Trial, we will automatically start to charge you for the $79.90 membership subscription on the first day following the end of the Trial, you will be charged every three months the amount of $79.90 ($26.63 per month). By providing your payment details in conjunction with the Trial, you agree to this charge.

Basically, this is a membership subscription disguised as too-good-to-be-true offer. Perfectly legit, scam-free, everything clearly stated in black and white that you’ll enjoy this offer if you subscribe. If you don’t read the details, too bad?

Is My Fries & Coke The Same As Yours?

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Since we’re on the topic of paying attention to details, I have always been amazed by McDonald’s and it’s ability to screw with your mind. Have you ever wondered how the heck does the company decide on the pricing of its items? I was waiting at McDonald’s one day and took a few notes on my mobile phone.

Best Value-For-$ Meal | Filet-O-Fish ($3.95) requires a top up of $1.05 to make it a meal
Worst Value-For-$ Meal | Double Cheeseburger ($2.60) requires a top up of $2.40 to make it a meal

McChicken would have taken the crown of worst value-for-$ meal by requiring a top up of $2.80, but it wouldn’t be fair since it falls under the Everyday Savers Menu. With Everyday Savers Menu, the pricing goes even more topsy-turvy for some items.

Hamburger | $1.80
Cheeseburger | $1.95 (one extra cheese)
McDouble | $2.00 (one extra cheese, one extra meat patty)
Double Cheeseburger | $2.60 (two extra cheese, one extra meat patty)
Big Mac | $4.95 (one extra meat patty, one extra bread, lettuce, onions, Big Mac sauce)

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Based on the above, a primary school kid can tell you that a slice of cheese probably costs around 15 cents to 60 cents, while a meat patty costs .. 5 cents? That’s probably why sometimes, you don’t see McDouble on the menu. No, it isn’t a secret item and it is indeed available. Just tell the counter staff, I assure you it is for sale. I don’t even want to get started on the Big Mac – probably some magical onions and secret sauce, huh?

And then, there is McDelivery. You would think you’re only paying an extra $3.50 for the delivery fee? Think again. A quick sample of some items revealed the following.

Hamburger | $1.95 (15 cents more)
Cheeseburger | $2.15 (20 cents more)
McDouble | Not Available
Double Cheeseburger | $3.90 ($1.30 more)
Big Mac | $5.35 (40 cents more)

If you’re still reading this, maybe you’ll take a closer look at McDonald’s menu the next time you’re there. Remember, the devil is in the details. Also, too much fast food probably won’t do much good for your health.