A few weeks back I went to a pharmacy to get some cold medicine. While there I bought a bottle of contact lens cleaner solution. The girl behind the counter saw that and gave a gift, a box clearly labeled "PROFESSIONAL SAMPLE - NOT FOR RESALE" containing a 60ml sample bottle. All good...
Last week I walk into a pharmacy at Lambton Quay (WLG) and see all these little 60ml bottles, no box, being sold at $5.99 each.
The bad guy here thought "They probably have truckloads of those free samples, took them all out of the box and are now selling these instead of giving away" - which in itself would be a no-no because a free sample doesn't pay the same tax as other products, etc. But that's just me being the pessimist that think lots of companies are out there to profit regardless of how.
Anyway, today I went to the Life Pharmacy at Johnsonville Mall to buy my contact lens cleaner. They had a box with both a 300ml and 90ml for $24.99... And the same box (below) with an extra 60ml of those "PROFESSIONAL SAMPLE - NOT FOR RESALE" attached. Of course I took this one to the counter, to be told "$32 please".
I pointed out it's actually $24.99 and the lady replied "yes, but this one comes with a third bottle". I pointed out "yes, but the bottle is a sample, not for resale and you are charging $7 more for it". At that point, she just rolled her eyes, and I walked out without buying anything.