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    • CheeseCat
    • By CheeseCat 16th Jun 11, 11:51 AM
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    I bet they didn't think it was personalised - unless its just me who thinks that a 1p personalised card with a special photo on it is much more preferrable to a 4 (for example) non-personalised card.

    Then again as a money saver I don't think I would ever want someone to spend loads of money on the 'bit of card' - its the thought and the message inside that means something to me

    I think my dad would think the same, I asked him what present he wanted (he's notoriously hard to buy for!) and he just said he wanted the family together and maybe we could just buy him a couple drinks down the pub. That's what its all about isn't it? Being with dad?
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    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 16th Jun 11, 12:20 PM
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    For years the little Luxors made bithday, Christmas , Mother's and father's day cards.
    Cost? nothing except time, imagination and love! Value? Priceless!

    And we would not have it any other way. Train a child in the way he should go...

    (As they got older and wanted to spend money they were encouraged towards the (then available) shop gift cards - 1 bought a 1 voucher and a card at no extra cost. )
    Last edited by luxor4t; 16-06-2011 at 12:23 PM.
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    • fiscalfreckles
    • By fiscalfreckles 16th Jun 11, 12:39 PM
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    My daughters have managed to get a completely free Fathers Day card using existing credit (which was given free) & a half price code on

    I believe their father will be very proud of their financial acumen. They have chosen a design personal to him, which for teenagers is probably the equivalent of them hand making cards in their younger days!
  • mummyplus3
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    • 16th Jun 11, 12:54 PM
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    Luckily mine both go to nursery so have made there Dad lovely messy glittery sticky cards for him there. Costs us nothing but he will love them!

    • JimmyTheWig
    • By JimmyTheWig 16th Jun 11, 1:04 PM
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    • 16th Jun 11, 1:04 PM
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    • 16th Jun 11, 1:04 PM
    If I’m reading the comments right
    I believe the middle comment is saying a 1p card is fine. Don't know if that alters anything.

    I would be much happier with a 1p card than a more expensive card. It's only a card. It's what's written on it that counts.
    I'd be slightly off-put by a non-hand-written envelope, though. Whether it cost 1p or 5 that might be seen as the "easy" option.

    It's my birthday next month and my wife has found a way of getting what she wanted to buy me as a free gift. Her family said "you can't give him something that's free". She knows me better than they do and pointed out, quite correctly, that I'd prefer something if it was free!
    • Petlamb
    • By Petlamb 16th Jun 11, 1:04 PM
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    I find that kind of sad that some would be unhappy with a cheaply sourced card... I suppose everyone's different.

    As for me... I got mine free :P Personalised, from the FP offer that ran 'till a few days ago.
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    • 16th Jun 11, 1:49 PM
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    While I'd much prefer to send my Dad a handwritten card, the offer of spending only 1p was too good to pass up. The father's day card selection wasn't great but I found a design I quite liked and added a photo of him from my birthday outing.

    My Dad is very practical and he never wants a father's day present as he doesn't believe in buying presents for the sake of it and wasting money (plus he never wants anything and is very hard to buy for)! I'm really having to watch the pennies at the minute and I know he'd never want me to spend money on him when I should be using it wisely myself.

    No matter what I spent, he'll appreciate me recognising father's day and will enjoy a phone chat (we live a few hundred miles apart) far more than a bit of signed paper. For us, it's definitely the thought that counts - at least I hope so, as he gets the MSE emails every week so may know exactly how little I spent! Although if he does mention it, I can always remind them that my Christmas presents are usually bought with Mum's Boots Advantage points!
    • Cleo03
    • By Cleo03 16th Jun 11, 2:11 PM
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    I can not see anything wrong with buying a 1p father's day card or any other type of card. I strongly agree 'it's the thought that counts'

    Every year my parents say i should not buy them a card as they feel it's a waste of money but i still do. However, this year i purchased a 1p card on behalf of my daughter to give to her grandad. I would have ordered a free father's day card for my dad from funky pigeon but i had already purchased a card before i saw the offer. So i ordered a free birthday card for my friend instead! I strongly believe my dad and friend will be grateful and not feel upset that i did not spend 2/3 on their card. I also like the idea of being able to personalise the cards with photos, words etc. The quality and service is very good to.
    Last edited by Cleo03; 16-06-2011 at 4:01 PM. Reason: spelling mistake
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    • Richard019
    • By Richard019 16th Jun 11, 9:23 PM
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    I find the whole concept of Mothers Day/Fathers Day/Valentines Day to be a bit off really, you shouldn't need a specific day to be told that today is the day you show them how much you appreciate them/love them, you should be doing it all year round so you'd think I'd like this 1p card thing as it undermines the commercialised approach that's taken over the days.

    But I think the perception is in the sales pitch of the offer. I assume the offer was some sort of introductory offer to get customers registered in the hope that when it comes round to other 'holidays' they'll return and pay full price so:

    Fathers Day cards for just 1p!
    3 Fathers Day cards just 1p!

    The former is quite an offensive one for the recipient, you've been attracted because it's cheap with no statement of quality, you'd be better getting nothing. The 2nd is good moneysaving because you've been attracted by the saving which suggests you're looking for something good and have found a bargain.

    On a similar theme to the first one, when I receive poor service in a restaurant I leave a 1p tip. It does have to be very bad, and as I pay on card they'll know it's not just leaving the change. You might think not leaving a tip would be better, but then the assumption is probably that you don't leave tips, leaving 1p shows you do tip and it just wasn't up to scratch.
    • JimmyTheWig
    • By JimmyTheWig 17th Jun 11, 9:21 AM
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    when I receive poor service in a restaurant I leave a 1p tip.
    Originally posted by Richard019
    Ooh, that is really, really harsh!
    • shortchanged
    • By shortchanged 17th Jun 11, 11:38 AM
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    At the end of the day Fathers day is nothing but a commercial scam created to make people go out and spend (usually extortionate) money on cards and presents. It was a fairly recent addition to the calendar timetable, whereas at least mothers days does have historical, religious background.

    I am a father myself and I can see that. I would much prefer it if my kids made a card for me, as someone said earlier it should be the thought that counts. Anyway why do we feel the need to have these silly days, surely I hope our kids would love us regardless and can tell us anytime of the year.
    Why are we here?......................because we are not all there.
    • Percy1983
    • By Percy1983 17th Jun 11, 12:48 PM
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    I thought I was bad with my 39p card factory cards (for just about very ocassion).
    • Richard019
    • By Richard019 17th Jun 11, 2:11 PM
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    Ooh, that is really, really harsh!
    Originally posted by JimmyTheWig
    It is, but equally it is reserved for when the service is really poor. If it's just what could be someone having a bad day and not really interested I give a smaller tip than normal (or no tip) but not the 1p shot. I worked retail long enough to know that there's times staff go in so as not to let down their workmates when they really can't be chirpy and spot on, and that there's customers that are big enough pains that it can take you time to calm down.

    I've only had to do it 3 or 4 times in 10 years. The last time we had to call them back over to ask for drinks at the start, rather than being seated and offered them they'd just seated us and left us for 5 minutes and we didn't even have menus. When they brought our mains they didn't bring us the sides we'd ordered, or any cutlery, and so it went on.
  • LARN
    Card a no show!
    Postman has just been and no card - so it was a useless promotion after all. It weren't the price that was attractive - it was because it was Personalised - not a bog standard one off the shelf. My daughter calls her Grandad 'Best Friend Grandad' - so being able to have this printed on the front under a photo of them together was special. Different than having the photo stand alone on the mantle piece. Anyone else had the same problem? Thought and personalisation is what counts and not the cost!
  • Wei-Huang
    I'm still waiting for mine to be delivered...and yes it's the thought that counts. I made my personalised.
  • Cazzoh
    I checked my account today, the 1p has been refunded with no word of a reason why.

    They sent me an email on Friday saying my card was definitely going to be in the post that evening.

    Will not use again, can only imagine this was a ploy to get their name on FB. As a company they set the offer in time for Father's Day and the number of 1p cards on offer so knew what demand they would get. Will not use them again.

    As this offer came through MSE, would hope Mr Lewis will have strong words with them!!!!
  • Minimoo24
    i bet the dads that are moaning - dont even keep the cards they get!!
    • ziggycj
    • By ziggycj 25th Jun 11, 7:28 PM
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    I got a free one from funky pigeon. 1p is ok... but free is better

    IMO its not the card that counts, its the present...
    • jat100
    • By jat100 6th Jul 11, 1:21 PM
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    Unfortunately, my Dad died last year so I didn't get to buy a Father's Day card this year. However, I know that if I had bought a card for 1p, he would have been so impressed by my Money Saving skills that it would have added to his delight at receiving a card.
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