The adventures (and non-adventures) of a marginally seasoned attorney.


Sunday, October 9, 2011


As you may know, I am a big fan of makeup. So imagine my *delight* when I saw this coupon pop up on LivingSocial:


Thirty bucks worth of makeup, all for the low price of FIFTEEN DOLLARS.  E.l.f. cosmetics are SUPER cheap in the first place, so with $30 bucks of product, I could probably fill up the trunk of my car (assuming I cleaned it out first). In the spirit of bargainhood, I purchased my coupon and strolled on over to the e.l.f. website to fill my virtual shopping cart with all kinds of goodies.

I entered my coupon code, proceeded to check out, and...

Whaaaa?! Twenty dollars does not equal thirty dollars!! I WANT MY FULL THIRTY DOLLARS, RAWRRRR! I want this fixed, and I want it fixed NOW! So I logged into gmail and sent a friendly message to our friends at LivingSocial that went a little somethin' like this:

Dear LivingSocial:

I paid a lot of money for an e.l.f. cosmetics coupon, but those no-good, dirty you-know-whats have decided not to give me the full value of the coupon so now I AM MAD. Fix this this and fix this NOW. Pretty please :-)


That was paraphrased, of course. Anyway, LivingSocial promptly sent an email back saying:

We're sorry that you're having trouble redeeming this deal! As stated in the Fine Print [emphasis added], the entire value must be used in a single transaction, so you must purchase at least $30 of products within one transaction. 

You want me to read the fine print, LivingSocial? Do ya? I'm a friggin' attorney, I LIVE for fine print. You think I didn't take the time to read it? Because I DID.

LivingSocial clearly was not going to help me, so I decided to go straight to the man himself - e.l.f. cosmetics. I copy and pasted the email I sent to LivingSocial, sent it to e.l.f., and was prepared for BATTLE. DON'T YOU DARE TELL ME TO READ THE FINE PRINT, YOU JERKS, I know that...

Wait a minute.

Apparently, in my quest to read the fine print, I forgot to read the really big print. Remember this picture?

Notice how it says "Mineral or Studio Makeup"? Um, yeah. I'd filled part of my shopping cart up with non-Mineral and non-Studio makeup. Hence, zero discount on those products. So yeah.

I've finally calmed down from battle mode, I've fixed my shopping cart to be coupon-compliant, and I've sent a very friendly thank-you email to e.l.f.  In the future, I will try not to let my vanity get in the way of my reading comprehension skills.

1 comment:

Lyndsey said...

Those deals have gotten me before too... so I know the feeling!