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July 13, 2005 12:03 AM

Broken: Kennedy Space Center admission sign

Kennedy_space_centerMonica Fry writes:

On a recent trip to Kennedy Space Center, I came across this sign that caused me to stop and think for a moment. It seems that consumers have been conditioned to compare pricing packages from low-to-medium-to-high. (Think about the last time you paid for a car wash.)

This sign sends an awkward message by presenting the medium option first, then the low option, then the high option. While I'm sure this was done intentionally to "push" the medium package and get visitors to part with an extra $6.00, I did find it a bit difficult to understand with just a quick glance.


How is that broken?

It just seems unclear as to the price range

Posted by: Kennedy Himself at July 13, 2005 12:29 AM

Actually, there are two prices there for one-time admission. The third option is for the 12 month pass. You lose.

Posted by: Mr. Kennedy at July 13, 2005 12:54 AM

I hate people who say stuff isn't broken, but...

Also, the top one is at the top becuase it is the most expensive, and the bottom one is for locals I guess because it is a twelve-month pass.

Hey! Nobody said "First!'.

Posted by: SpicyMeatball at July 13, 2005 12:57 AM

sign (sīn) pronunciation


1. Something that suggests the presence or existence of a fact, condition, or quality.

(I see nothing broken or atleast my dictionary dosnt)

Posted by: ??? at July 13, 2005 04:38 AM

I think this is broken. It is just like at the gas station. At the pumps they should have: low grade, then mid grade, and then high grade gasoline; in that order. Instead now they put it mid, then low, then high. Just so you pick the first one or push the first button by mistake. It makes me mad!

Posted by: whowantstoknow at July 13, 2005 09:25 AM

Hmmmmm... not *exactly* broken. it is slightly confuzing though.

(or is that what makes it broken? lol) anyway, there are only a few

values on the sign, id say its just a minor inconvenience.

Ha, putting the grades in the wrong order *chuckles*

And it only seems 2 b one place *Hess*

Posted by: phish at July 13, 2005 10:11 AM

To me purposefully confusing = broken. Have we become so use to the corporate tricks to part us from our money that we don't even care anymore? Since this is not the way it should be... I say it's broke.

Posted by: Nev at July 13, 2005 12:30 PM

This is too much. How is this broken?

Come on, it's just a sign and it is absolutely clear. It informs in a clear, straight forward way the prices for the different options available. Is not misleading in any way.

I hate people that say things aren't broken when it's pretty clear that they are, but I also hate people that say that things are broken when, as in this case, they are not.

Posted by: SAM at July 13, 2005 01:27 PM

I hate people who say "First!"

Posted by: Mr. Kennedy at July 13, 2005 04:08 PM

This sign is not even broken for the original reason given. The last option is "not" in fact, more expensive, but is actually the cheapest of the three. Because it is based on a longer period of time (12 months) and is charging you less admission fees per visit. Thusly, it is still the cheapest package, and the top is still the most expensive.

Posted by: Dragon at July 13, 2005 04:43 PM

The sign is bad but what is broken here is that the last time I checked Cape Canaveral was not a privately run for profit amusement park. Now that NASA is offering rides for $30 a day, they should refund all taxpayer money spent on them to date, and congress should never give them another cent. Sheesh!

Posted by: J. Scott at July 14, 2005 01:24 AM

As mentioned before and the first thing I noticed also is that it has an admittance price for two options not three. So therefore the reason that the claim of this sign being broken is invalid.

Posted by: kent at July 14, 2005 06:20 PM

I think they were just thinking of the standard US date scheme (month date year) and based the ordering on that.

Surely they weren't thinking of putting the most popular option at the top!

Posted by: goldfndr at July 14, 2005 09:47 PM

Mr. Scott- If we make them refund all taxpayer money they'll obviously be at least one billion dollars in the hole. Their purpose is not to gain money; but information.

Posted by: Bob at July 17, 2005 08:01 PM

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