Friday, July 18, 2008

Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me

The online shopping website Bluefly makes me want to punch a baby (just an expression, don't worry readers I'm not literally running around NYC punching babies).

And no, Bluefly doesn't drain me because of my slow internet connection or because it doesn't have that Fendi bag I'm dying to buy. No, it's because of their constant contests, giveaways and promotions. That. I. Never. Win.

WG1 and I have similar morning routines in that we both get up, shower, get dressed, and go our separate ways to work. Around 9:05ish, both of us appear on Gchat and proceed to complain about we have once again not won the Bluefly daily giveaway.

Sample conversations:

9:35 a.m. WG1: i got heel stuck in a grate
9:37 a.m. WG2: i got hay fever

9:10 a.m.: WG2: wardrobe malfunction
9:13 a.m.: WG1: heel stuck in grate!

You would think these conversations would be about real encounters on our way to work. However, WG1 and I have not recently gotten our heels stuck in any grates or had any horrible wardrobe malfunctions within the half hour it takes to get to work (though it is possible). These are in fact the conversations we had every morning this past spring as we played Bluefly's "Spring In the City" Giveaway. Last spring, WG1 and I faithfully spun the Bluefly's spring giveaway electronic wheel to see if fate would let us win a $10,000 spring wardrobe. Alas, we never won and the rigged wheel of fortune never spun us fates that would allow us to wear a designer that didn't have the number 21 on the label.

Bluefly gave us a mini-break for the first months of summer. No contests or giveaways presented themselves. But last week, I got an e-mail in my inbox from WG1 urging me to get daily reminders to try and win Bluefly's "The Designer ABC's Giveaway". I could win $1,00o luxury "loot" by choosing the correct shopping back out of the three presented to me.

I gave in and subscribed myself to receive daily reminders to play this taunting game that I know will never really materialize any loot or money for a designer wardrobe. And everyday WG1 and I commiserate about how we still haven't won anything. Sure, every once and while Bluefly will let us "win" $30 off any purchase that day. But really what can I do with that? Thanks Bluefly, I'll be sure to use my next paycheck to buy a leg of one of those designer pants (yes, I can only afford one leg at a time).

It's frustrating. But I come back for more everyday.
I'm WG2 and I'm addicted to Bluefly's online giveaways.

30 comments:

Hazel said...

Of course, I immediately went and tried to win. And will get reminders every day until the contest is over to play.

You've created a new contestant!

Miss Sparkles said...

I heart your blog! Thank you for the style. The average South African (person or blog) lacks mucho in the style department. Love your work!

Working Girl One said...

i always got heel stuck in great! always. at least the spring in the city contest kept us guessing with different ways of telling us we lost (ie. heel stuck in grate, april showers, etc.), this time it just says "sorry..." c'mon bluefly, i could use a new wardrobe.

Lexie said...

I never knew about this. I guess I have yet another way to get my hopes up

Alexandreena said...

I must not go and check that out. I must not go and check that out. I must not go and check that out.

Fuck it!

Azariath said...

I know of this website known as Contests2Win.... I played that damn thing for about a month and then got a crappy music cd, that I ended up giving my company cab driver. Hahahaha! So much for online give aways..... Nice writing style.

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Cosmo chick said...

OMG, heel getting stuck happens to me! Do you think we could calim on a no win no fee basis?

I've been goolging it and found this site

http://www.accidentsdirect.com/accident-claims.aspx

Rowena said...

BLUEFLY, hear me now!! Just give Working Girl the $10,000 spring wardrobe or whatever it is that you're dangling on the site because she is now Blogger's new Blog of Note. I am just happy to be out of the spotlight and pass the torch on to her! Whew!!

Congratulations!
Rowena @ Rubber Slippers In Italy

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Anna Routh said...

I ALWAYS try to win these giveaways, and like you WGI and WG2 am never successful. I'm a little suspicious as to whether anyone ever wins these things? They never do any PR about their winners, post their photo with the bags or shoes or whatever on their website. They're a scam. So annoying!

Ms Elanor Ouch! said...

ow cmon good people. We are all in the same boat! We never win stuff just like that ;p

Natalie said...

I too am sucked into this hopeless daily challenge. As if I don't have enough disappointment in my life I don't know why I feel the need to tourture myself. Thanks for the post.

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iFILMY said...

its nice to see such a blog..

The Credit Jedi said...

Dig it.

The Jedi.

yogini ninja mama said...

ha! this entry made me laugh, for a number of reasons.

just the other day i was buying a shirt from a store and the lovely cashier ringing me out asked "would you like to fill this out and submit your entry to win $blahblahblah dollars worth of clothing?"

i declined, because, like you said -- I NEVER WIN. i give up!

also, regarding heels getting stuck in grates, i feel your pain. although, i'm in phoenix, where it's 100+ degrees every day, so my heel usually gets stuck in something that's melted on the ground (something that probably shouldn't melt, but has done so in the extreme heat)...!

Lindz said...

Bluefly pisses me off simply because I can never find what I want... you know like Manolo's I can afford or anything in my size.

Dana said...

Awesome post!!!

B*tchin Hot Food Frenzy said...

at least it's website contests you're addicted to and not crack lol

great read.

The Venter said...

I have had the very same addiction! A while ago they did one with virtual slot machines and I seriously could. Not. Stop. It was bad news. Great post.

bitpazar said...

cool blog, keep it up

R2K said...

: )

I am not a working girl but I visited anyway, and I am a working man.

brooxi said...

congratulations on being chosen as a blogger of note this week!

Cosmo chick said...

I love this blog, reminds me of me! Keep it coming.

Cosmo chick said...

'Heel stuck syndrome' its such an inconvenience to my life

Bobbi said...

You're blog is fun! I too try my hand at every Bluefly giveaway and never win anything. Wait, I take that back. I did win a coupon for 10% off my next purchase. Big whoop.

Yuuki Krossu said...

Your blog is awesome!

Avanthika.c the spicygal said...

cool blog!Wish mine was like yrs!!

Gia said...

I there.. Love your blog! I'm still new to it and was wondering if anyone will help me? I would like to put in a new skin because the site doesn' offer much and i'm struggling. Can anyone please help me. Gia (South Africa)