|Living on a budget can be tight, especially while in college. Ever since
college has become a main thing you do after high school, college
students have become notorious for finding ways to get free stuff. Usually
students find the "free lunch" or "5¢ pitcher." But in today's
college life students can be more resourceful. Today's smart students
can seek out ways to get free lunches at their favorite lunch spot, discounted
brand name clothes and even free electronic stuff, and without stealing,
cheating, or breaking any laws. In fact, it is possible to do all this with
writing. Claim letters (both complaint and compliment), surveys, and simple
web browsing can help you locate all sorts of free and/or cheap stuff.
So how does one go about finding all this cheap free stuff? The first place to look is the Internet. Since its advent, large corporations have been using the Internet to reach more tech savvy customers and as a way to listen to consumer demands, advice, complaints, and compliments. They also know that shoppers can easily compare prices on goods online and make better choices before making purhcases and investments. Large corporations are determined not to lose customers, because he or she did not like the fact that you thought the big price above the product indicated the price of the product below it and not the one on the other side of the store.
Example: A local steak house offers a $10 gift certificate to a disgruntled customer after a bad dining experience at their establishment. The customer decides to use this certificate on a blind date, figuring if it goes badly he has really only paid for himself. The date goes well and eventually the couple marries. They now becomes life-long customers at the steak house, the place where they had their first date. The circle is complete: the customer was recompensed for his one bad experience, and the steak house has earned a life-long consumer.
[name & address (both email and home)]
On [date] I visited your dining establishment and was disturbed by many things. First of all, I would think that a restaurant would be concerned with hygiene, but apparently this is not the case. When my server brought me my silverware and napkin, I noticed that his fingernails had not been cleaned. The black lines of crud under his nails disturbed me enough to almost leave then. However, I decided to stay but felt I should wash my hands at the least. My next point relates to the first: How could anyone wash his or her hands in a bathroom with no running water? Neither the faucet nor the toilet worked. How could an establishment that requires cleanliness and sanitation be without water?
I have enjoyed dining at your establishment for many years and wish to continue this as you have the best hot wings in the county. But I will not revisit this particular location and will only visit another if my meal and drinks are paid for, making it worth my while to drive another 10 miles.
Thank you for your time.
|Make it short and to the point.||Long rambling letters are quick to make the reader
disinterested and unconcerned. |
|Be sure to include the date, the name of the employee
that you dealt with, and the location of the establishment.||This will help the company identify its problem so
that they can help better serve you in the future.|
|Details also are important. Include your purchases
and expenses.||At the least the company will then be able to compensate
you for your purchases.|
|Do not get angry.||Nobody deserves to be cursed simply because someone
in the same company whom they have never met had dirty fingernails and the
water was turned off. Plus they simply won’t read it.|
|Make the reader feel your pain.||You want them to care. You want them to sympathize
with you. |
|Include a return address and your home phone number.||This way they will be able to contact you and send
you that compensation (free stuff) you deserve.|