Free Garden Magazine for My Toilet Paper Opinions

A few days ago, I got a telemarketing call. Unlike most people, I don’t absolutely despise telemarketers. As long as the same company doesn’t call me fifteen times in the same week, I am okay with telemarketing calls. I mean, how else am I going to find the best phone rates and whatnot? I don’t have the time to research those things on my own.

Anyway, the point is that I let a telemarketer get out a few sentences before I hang up on them. This time, it was survey. Do I read any of these magazines and then the telemarketer rattled off a list. Most were the “I hate myself so I read this magazine so I can hate myself” kind. I don’t read those. But one was Better Homes & Gardens. That one I read. To my knowledge, BH&G has never told me to lose weight or that my clothes are terribly out of fashion.

So the telemarketer asked if I would be willing to get a free copy in exchange for answering a few questions. Well, in addition to being a good Midwestern girl, I am also a good Scottish-American girl. Hell yes, I would like a FREE gardening magazine.

So the next day the May 2006 issue of Better Homes & Gardens was dropped off at my house via UPS. I sat down and read the magazine and then waited for the call from the marketing company.

The first few questions were what I expected. What ads did I remember, what did I like about the magazine, what did I not like about the magazine and so on. Then the telemarketer started to ask me a few questions about one ad in particular. It was a toilet paper ad.

After that, the next 20 minutes were spent deeply analyzing my reaction to this toilet paper ad and my toilet paper preferences for me and my family. I don’t think I have ever spent so much time thinking about toilet paper. Frankly, the most time I normally spend is figuring out which brand is on sale weighted against whether the paper softness (or lack thereof) is worth the price. That is a 20 second decision once every few weeks.

But, the long and short is I got my free gardening magazine. A whole $3.50 would have been spent if I had bought this at the supermarket. $3.50 in exchange for discussing my toilet paper opinions with a complete stranger. Hmm… Nope, nope… It was worth it. It was a FREE gardening magazine!

Anyway, there was a great article on keeping cut flowers fresh for longer (pg116). It had a really good table that told you exactly when the best time to cut a particular type of flower and keep the flowers fresh for longest. I recommend it. If they put in up on their website (it’s not there yet), I will link to it. Until then, you may want to take a peek at it while standing in line at the grocery store. At least you won’t have to reveal your innermost toilet paper secrets in order to read it.

One thought on “Free Garden Magazine for My Toilet Paper Opinions
  1. jarrett norris on

    hi thank yo very much. i think you guys are very helpful to us i would like to get on thank you.


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