Cereal companies are so darn crooked....... I fell for it....

Mexico
April 18, 2013 8:12am CST
These cereal companies are so crooked. I even fell for this one. I bought my son a huge box of kelloggs frosted flakes yesterday. Because the box said it had a small cute beet in it. He loves little bears. The box cost like 4.44 cents. So I bought him 2. Boxes showed diff. colored bears on them. A red and a blue one. Got them home, my son opened the box. Took the first bear out. Was so tiny, didnt even look like a bear. I said og well. you like the cereal anyway. I looked at recpt. to see charge, I was charged 5.88... even thought was marked 4.44. And on top of that. 2 weeks ago I paid just 3.39 OMg I got the shaft..... and didnt get the bear I wanted.
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19 responses
@blackrusty (3530)
• Mexico
18 Apr 13
I would have went back to the store and asked them to refund the over payment but then this is Mexico and they don't seam to care to much abut any thing but them self you cant even get help to find anything in the stores around where I live as for they prize in the box it is not like the old days that they gave to you something that you can see with out the use of something to make it larger as least you have learned
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• Mexico
18 Apr 13
I thought about that, but after paying round trip bus ride.. Id lose even more money.
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• Mexico
18 Apr 13
we live and learn and yes it is sad that we have to make sure before we leave the store hope that you have a great day there
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• Mexico
18 Apr 13
I thought about it, when the bill as more than I had thought it was going to be..
@gljcleeve (147)
18 Apr 13
You have to be so careful of these offers, especially when you only have a picture of the offer with nothing to tell it's size or quality. In these hard times everybody is trying to maximise their sales and will stop at nothing to reach their targets. There should be laws against it, but usually the politicians are the share holders of the companies.
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• Mexico
18 Apr 13
Yes you do.. I think they do that so all the kids will want to get them. I sure fell for it.....
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 13
That was sure an expensive mistake my friend, if you are sure they were 4.44 can you not take them back with the receipt and tell them you were clearly overcharged? I have been caught out by this before, it's clever marketing skills to get you to buy their product by offering a wonderful free gift, but you end up paying for the free gift in the long run.
• Mexico
18 Apr 13
Yes, they got me. Plus they say the toys are free. But really they are not. Shame on them. And shame on me !!!
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@Pegasus72 (1901)
27 Apr 13
Sounds like you got ripped off. I haven't seen any with bears on them in our stores.
• Mexico
27 Apr 13
I sure did get ripped off. And I wasnt happy with it at all,
@Pegasus72 (1901)
27 Apr 13
I don't blame you at all for being upset.
• Mexico
27 Apr 13
I seems to not take much to upset me these days, need to learn better from this I guess. Take care.
@johndur (3049)
• Pasig, Philippines
18 Apr 13
i think you sue a company in court if you are not satisfied with it or if you feel
• Mexico
18 Apr 13
it would cost more to file it that its worth..
@johndur (3049)
• Pasig, Philippines
20 Apr 13
yes but you can charge them everything plus the cost of trouble....
• Mexico
20 Apr 13
In Mexico, I dont think they give a single dime. In usa they may look at it... is all. Take care there.
@xstitcher (11791)
• Petaluma, California
20 Apr 13
Cereal is so expensive. There are lots of "healthier" cereals that I would like to buy as opposed to the cheaper ones, but it seems that in the store they are up to $4.00 if not $5.00, and then the boxes are often smaller than the cheaper ones. ;P
• Mexico
20 Apr 13
The ones from the usa sure are here. Like 4.00-5.00 and not even the biggest boxes.
@xstitcher (11791)
• Petaluma, California
20 Apr 13
Yes, for sure. They cost that here and I am in the USA. =) It's just crazy.
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
20 Apr 13
The toys are never worth much. You learned not to buy the food product just for the toy if you don't like the food.
• Mexico
20 Apr 13
Your right, I was just hoping. As it was a cute bear on the box. Have a great weekend there.
• Israel
20 Apr 13
I had a great day. We had 4 puppies adopted. Always good when they get good homes.
@Shellyann36 (10850)
• United States
27 Apr 13
Cereal companies can be big ripoffs! I don't normally buy brand name cereal unless there is a good sale and I have coupons to match. Right now my kids are too young to be too picky about it. I am sure after they get older it will be a different matter all together.
• Mexico
27 Apr 13
They sure seem to be here. They also never really seem to go on sale here. Always about the same prices all the time. Take care there.
@ARIES1973 (9541)
• Legaspi, Philippines
20 Apr 13
The best strategy to attract customer is to target children. Well, one thing I need to do when buying food item, never buy foods with free items, on a promo especially those on a buy one take one offers because most of the time, food items which are near expiry are the one subject to these promos. You can always contact the manufacturer of the product to give your feedback. And for the bear, maybe those are newborn bears so you still have to take good care of them so that they may grow up someday, he he. Have a great day!
• Mexico
21 Apr 13
Sure is, like they put all those candies right the cash out line. Where we stand. And kids tell us 50 x they want one. So we buy them one.
@Alechin (217)
• Slovak Republic
20 Apr 13
Well that is typical corporate behavior, I hate what they do. First of all they charge too much, second they add so much chemicals into food a lot of which is toxic. And than they organize "special offers" that really "please you"...
• Mexico
20 Apr 13
Very true, then the store cheats you out of the price. We lose all the way around. have a great sat. there.
@artemeis (4057)
• China
20 Apr 13
Times are hard and every business is trying to get a bigger piece of the pie. Believe me, it doesn't happen with cereal companies where in fact almost every thing like bottled sodas, coke and even milk tea where they have 25% more with a 3 Apple iPad to be won. Mobile phone top ups comes with various seasonal top prizes of a holiday package for 2 to some exotic domestic destinations. Supermarkets are conducting cash back lucky draws or free smartphones. It is getting real crazy and it will continue with more to come. Just don't get yourself swept off your feet.
@roshigo58 (4871)
• Pune, India
20 Apr 13
Hi, Some companies attract children so that their parents buy them for their children's happiness. But they cheat us and try to get money on their products. We can find many companies who are cheating us daily for earning more money. It is very unfair. Your child must be disappointed by seeing that tiny bear.
• Mexico
20 Apr 13
They sure do, its a shame they can get away with that stuff.
@koopharper (6312)
• Canada
19 Apr 13
Sometimes it's called dishonesty other times it's called marketing. Depends on which side you're standing. I'd be miffed if I were you. I used to catch the overcharge stuff at the checkout. Before I was juggling children and working all the time I could add up my grocery bill in my head before going to the checkout. They were wrong more often than I was comfortable with. Usually nickels and dimes but still I don't remember the mistakes ever working out in my favor.
• Mexico
19 Apr 13
I was wondering how many other times this has happened to me ( over charged) and I didnt catch it. Have a great day there.
@emily7339 (1339)
• Malaysia
19 Apr 13
I feel bad for you but you can't do much about it now. Whenever I come across the product with a lower price, I would first checked with the cashier and ascertained it before I pay . I would let her know if it is not "this price" that was stated in promotion price sticker on shelf, I would not want the item .
• Mexico
19 Apr 13
I know, as they say to late now. I will take rect. back next month on my trip and see what they say.
@AmbiePam (49502)
• United States
18 Apr 13
They are very good at scams, aren't they? One of the biggest ripoffs we can call "legal"?
• Mexico
18 Apr 13
I agree with you... And I bet they make tons of money doing it...
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
18 Apr 13
I would call walmart, or email kelloggs. I would be pretty ticked too, I have always emailed the company and they sent me coupons.
• Mexico
18 Apr 13
Here the company dont do anything. Im going to save rect. and try to get money back next month when I shop there.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
18 Apr 13
That is so not good. Imagine how many disappointed children there willbe. Complain maria, complain. I buy our local brand as although it doesn't promise gifts it is a lot cheaper.
• Mexico
18 Apr 13
Im sure many. And from the best company kelloggs. Real sad to me.
• United States
18 Apr 13
That is so dishonest. They market to the kids. It is the kids that get the moms to pay for this junk.
• Mexico
18 Apr 13
Sure do, and all kids will see these big pretty bears and want them... Its wrong..
@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Apr 13
hi maria yes they really are as the toys they promise are so tiny they seem worthless even to the child, thats so disappointing then too the cost of the cereals with the toys varies all over the place. Yep I also feel its crooked. The young person expects real toys of more appropriate size and gets ripped off then the mom also gets ripped off as they charge more for the boxes with toys in them.
• Mexico
18 Apr 13
Well, I sure did. The bear was like the size of a 50 cent piece. Very small. Take care there. Hope all is well there.