Don't get me wrong. I like Snapple tea. I buy the Snapple Peach Ice Tea several times a year when it's on sale. I particularly like the fact that although at 39 grams it is relatively high in sugar, Snapple does not contain high-fructose corn syrups
Recently it was on sale at Publix, so I brought home three 6-packs of Snapple All Natural Peach Tea (it was a buy 2, get 1 free deal). I noticed a little graphic at the bottom of the label that said "THE FINALE" next to a star.
I found a star under one of my Snapple bottle caps, and got a little excited, so I read the label more carefully. The label said "Find a star and you could attend THE FINALE" and on the side it said if you found a star you could win a trip to the America's Got Talent Finale "or other great prizes."
If your cap has a star, you're a winner!
Turns out, the Snapple tea bottles have stars under some lids -- and I am betting under lots and lots of bottle caps -- with numerical codes.You have to go to Snapple.com to redeem your code. Once there, you have to register on the site, giving them the kind of info I DO NOT LIKE TO GIVE OUT: email, name, age, address, phone number...
And those other great prizes? Not so great: a Hulu one-month trial; a coupon for Snapple, a Snapple screen saver, and a Snapple calendar. The only one I would be REMOTELY interested in would be the coupon, and let's be honest -- it's not a "great" prize.
In for a penny, in for a pound
But my foot was already in the door. In for a penny, in for a pound, so I begrudgingly took several minutes to fill out the form just in case I won the trip. No such luck. I won my choice of the Snapple screen saver or the calendar.
I picked the Snapple calendar. At least I would GET something that way, right? Nope. It's a download calendar (my computer already has one that is much more user-friendly, thank you very much) and it promotes Snapple every day. Great for Snapple maybe, but not so great for me.
America's Got Suckers
Snapple, you make people like me feel like idiots for being suckered in by your promise of "great prizes," and the prizes are almost all Snapple promotions. We waste our time giving you info we don't really want to give you, and you offer us stuff we really don't want to get in return. Shame on you, Snapple, for fooling us, and shame on me for knowing better and still filling out the registration.
To add insult to injury, one of my bottles was only 1/3 full. The seal was fully in tact -- I checked -- and there was no sign of leakage on the cardboard container. The bottle was simply missing about 2/3 of its tea.
I ask you, Snapple, if everyone with a star is a winner, then why do I feel like such a loser?
Leave a comment below if you were also suckered by the Snapple Star promotion.