Free Shipping At No Charge

Darrin Atkins
3 min readDec 9, 2023

I am learning to appreciate every little nice thing that comes around, my friend

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Today I placed an online order for pickup at a local store, and of course I made sure that every item was in stock and available for pickup at that location.

I paid for the order and waited for my confirmation email. Soon I received their email but there was a special comment

“One item is no longer available at this location,” it said.

Oh no, I figured that this would happen and that there would be some extra charge.

“No problem," continued the message. “We are providing free, complimentary shipping on this item."

Oh good, that was fine with me. But I wondered why they said “free" in two different ways.

That’s funny, I thought, unless they were making sure I really, truly understood what they were communicating.

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Last month I stayed at a hotel and of course they had plenty of nice amenities to be enjoyed by the guests.

“Is there free Wi-Fi?" asked somebody. Well, I thought, I sure hope so. Then it struck me how much I take this for granted, this complimentary internet that makes life so easy these days.

“Are the water bottles free?" I asked foolishly.

“Yes, the ones in the room are complimentary for our guests."

I ask every single time because there was one occasion at a hotel where nothing was free in the room and they counted every item and added those fees to my invoice.

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I saw this awesome advertisement for an airfare that was almost free. That sounds so wonderful and I better not tell anyone about it, so let’s keep it a secret

Okay, I guess I should look at the fine print first. That matters.

You get this almost-free airfare at quite a painful cost because you only get it if you agree to the following:

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Darrin Atkins

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