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January 31, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Universal City Nissan ad

FakegiftcardTroy Pozirekides points out:

I found this gift card in an ad for a new Nissan car dealer in Universal City, California. However, after reading the back of the supposed gift card, I found out that

- This is NOT a gift card.

- This card is in NO WAY an endorsement for, promotion of, or represents any company other than the location listed on the attached advertisement.

- This card has NO monetary value.

- This card can ONLY be redeemed at the location listed on the attached advertisement.

I also never figured out what the card could be redeemed for.


1. It's already the end of the month it seems at TIB-land.

2. Agreed, broken.

Posted by: Trent Chernecki at January 31, 2007 12:14 AM


To a World Where Words Have NO Meanings...

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*Thank you, have a nice day.

Posted by: VHoratio at January 31, 2007 02:26 AM

*DO NOT consider this warning!

...yeah right... broken!

Posted by: Magzime at January 31, 2007 11:41 AM

I saw a similar warning on a lada a couple of years ago. It was written on the back of the hood : This is NOT a car!

Posted by: Gerrard Iaroos at January 31, 2007 12:05 PM

Is a marketing gimmick really a broken interaction? I get plenty of checks in the mail that say "This is not a check" from companies that I distrust.

I prefer to think of "broken" as an opportunity to frustrate someone. This example lies somewhere between hyperbole and fraud, which I think is a little different from Broken.

Posted by: Shanti Rao at January 31, 2007 02:22 PM

What, fraud isn't broken?

Posted by: Erich at February 1, 2007 02:24 AM

At least the fake checks pretend to be checks. This thing calls itself a gift card on one side and not on the other.

Posted by: arcticJKL at February 1, 2007 10:12 AM

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